Sheffield United v Brentford Preview & TipsBy glen,
Sheffield United were worthy winners of the League One title in 2016/17, the Blades enjoying a fourteen point lead over runners-up Bolton Wanderers when the final curtain came down on the campaign. They will be looking to keep the momentum going into the new season and we expect them to do just that by clinching the three points when they host Brentford at Bramall Lane on Saturday afternoon.
Chris Wilder’s side have enjoyed an excellent pre-season campaign with wins in each of their friendly matches during the summer. The Blades continued their fine title-winning form from last season with wins over Stocksbridge PS, Malaga, Rotherham United, Chesterfield, Stoke and Eastleigh, therefore we have little reason to believe that they won’t continue this momentum in front of their home fans this weekend.
The stand-out player in Sheffield United’s pre-season campaign was David Brooks with four goals to his name while new defenders Enda Stevens and Richard Stearman have also impressed in their pre-season performances.
For their part, Brentford finished last season in a mid-table position after flirting briefly with the possibility of making it into the play-offs, however they have also impressed in their pre-season campaign with draws with Lausanne Sport and Southampton as well as wins against Oxford United, MK Dons and Celta de Viga. Indeed manager Dean Smith has been pretty busy in the transfer market with stand-out signing 21-year-old Ollie Watkins being described by the Bees boss as “a hell of a player” following his arrival from Exeter City.
Watkins scored for Brentford as they eased to a win over MK Dons in their penultimate friendly on Tuesday evening and he represents excellent value at 11/4 to get his name onto the scoresheet on Saturday afternoon. Nevertheless the Blades will be in very high spirits following their excellent pre-season campaign and whilst we envisage the Bees grabbing themselves a consolation goal or two, we expect the home side to get off to a flying start to their first season back in the second tier by collecting all three points on Saturday afternoon.