Foot Predictions shows Wednesday’s FA Cup clash between Sheffield United and Bristol City, including predictions, preview and possible lineups.
A spot in the quarterfinals of FA Cup is on the line when Sheffield United host Bristol City on Bramall Lane on Wednesday night.
The Blades are in last place in the Premier League, but the results have improved in the last month, while City continues to fight for the promotion of the Championship, despite a bad moment.
Chris WilderThe team’s players should thank the FA Cup for a slight improvement in their form, which has seen them win three of their last six league matches – as many as they have managed in the previous 27 games.
United beat Bristol Rovers 3-2 in the third round of the FA Cup – their first win of the campaign – and then beat Plymouth Argyle 2-1 the last time in the competition.
That means five wins in their last eight in all competitions, although the Yorkshire team lost 2-1 against Chelsea in a league game full of hot topics on Sunday night.
Wilder’s accusations are now 12 points safe, with 15 games to go, but the midweek focus will be on progress in the cup, rather than the Blades’ position in the league.
This is also the case with Bristol City, which will be happy to put aside its recent championship results for now.
The Robins lost 2-0 against Servernside rivals Cardiff City over the weekend and have now failed to score a point in the last three league games, placing tenth in the second division.
Dean HoldenHowever, the team of the team has been enjoying a positive sequence in the cup, having beaten Portsmouth and Millwall by 2 to 1 and 3 to 0, respectively, to reach this stage.
City also have a good record in this match, winning the last three away games against Sheffield United, all of which were played in the league between 2014 and 2019.
However, United have advanced in all three FA Cup matches with Bristol City, this being the first meeting between the two teams since the 2-0 win by Blades in the third round in 1974-75.
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George Baldock and Enda Stevens remain in doubt for United, but versatile defender Ethan Ampadu is back in contention after losing Chelsea on Sunday.
Ampadu, John Egan and Chris Basham should form the heart of the home team’s five defenders, as Plymouth did on the last day.
Oliver Burke and Oli McBurnie started last time, although Rhian Brewster and David McGoldrick will hope to win mid-week recalls for XI.
As for visitors, Andreas Weimann, Jay Dasilva, Callum O’Dowda and Tommy Rowe they are all injured and are not expected to play any role on Bramall Lane.
attacker Famara Diedhiou has scored in three of his last four FA Cup matches for City, scoring in the third and fourth rounds so far this season.
Nakhi Wells has been Diedhiou’s preferred partner in the attack and is expected to be the case here.
Possible initial lineup for Sheffield United:
Ramsdale; Basham, Egan, Ampadu; Bogle, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Lowe; McGoldrick, Brewster
Possible initial lineup for Bristol City:
O’Leary; Mariappa, Kalas, Mawson, Moore; Semenyo, Vyner, Bakinson, Palmer; Wells, Diedhiou
Probability: Sheffield United 3-1 Bristol City
United are looking to reach the FA Cup quarter-finals in successive seasons for the first time since 2004.
The Blades have been much better in the past few weeks and are confident of overcoming City, who intend to reach the round of 16 for the first time since 1973-74.
Assuming that Wilder has a strong lineup, we are betting on the home team to win on Wednesday night against the out-of-shape opponent.