Birmingham City vs Sheffield United Match Analysis & Prediction
08/05/2023 5:00 pm
Birmingham City will be looking to end their season on a high when they host Premier League-bound Sheffield United at St Andrew’s on Monday in the Championship.
The hosts are set for a stable finish in their first campaign under John Eustace, while Sheffield United will be thinking of matches against England’s elite clubs soon to come.
Birmingham failed to give 5,000 travelling Bluenoses anything to cheer about last Saturday as they were beaten 2-0 away at promotion-chasing Coventry City.
Eustace’s side have now lost three of their last four matches as their season begins to dwindle, but supporters will just be thankful their side are not involved in a relegation battle they have become accustomed to.
Blues sit 17th in the Championship standings heading into the season finale on Monday, with a win able to take the club to as high as 15th.
Although Birmingham have not managed to achieve a top-half finish, the club’s ability to avoid a scrap for survival has been a pleasant surprise for everyone associated with Blues.
Sheffield United suffered their first defeat in five matches on Thursday as they were beat by Huddersfield Town through a 59th-minute Danny Ward goal.
The Blades have had promotion wrapped up since the 2-0 victory at home to West Bromwich Albion just under a fortnight ago, with Sheffield United managing to return to the Premier League at the second attempt.
Seven of Sheffield United’s 11 defeat this season have come away from Bramall Lane, a statistic that will give Birmingham fans hope for a surprise victory to end the season.
With the opportunity to break the 90-point barrier with a win at St Andrew’s, Sheffield United will be very keen to put on a performance for their loyal following in the Second City.
Birmingham City vs. Sheffield United Head to head
In the 83 previous meetings between these two teams across all competitions, Birmingham have claimed 32 victories while Sheffield United have won 34, and they have drawn in 17. Sheffield have scored 124 goals and conceded 125 in the process.
19/09/2018Sheffield United0Birmingham City0Championship
10/04/2019Birmingham City1Sheffield United1Championship
07/08/2021Sheffield United0Birmingham City1Championship
04/02/2022Birmingham City1Sheffield United2Championship
01/10/2022Sheffield United1Birmingham City1Championship
Birmingham City Team News
Birmingham have several players who will not feature in the season finale due to injuries, including Scott Hogan (groin), John Ruddy (thigh) and Tahith Chong (knee).
Eustace has hinted at making some adjustments to the XI which has featured prominently over the past month, with the likes of Dion Sanderson and Troy Deeney possibly returning to the starting side.
Birmingham City's Last 5 Matches
10/04/2023Birmingham City0Stoke City0Championship
29/04/2023Coventry City2Birmingham City0Championship
Sheffield United Team News
Sheffield United have a pair of knocks at full-back, with Rhys Norrington-Davies and Ben Osborn both sidelines with hamstring injuries, and the duo will not play a part at St Andrew’s.
Rhian Brewster is a long-term absentee for the Blades, with the 23-year-old having not featured since October due to a serious hamstring issue.
Sheffield United's Last 5 Matches
18/04/2023Sheffield United1Bristol City0Championship
22/04/2023Manchester City3Sheffield United0FA Cup
26/04/2023Sheffield United2West Bromwich Albion0Championship
29/04/2023Sheffield United4Preston North End1Championship
04/05/2023Huddersfield Town1Sheffield United0Championship
Birmingham City vs. Sheffield United: Odds and Predictions
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