Sheffield United vs Swansea: Goalless stalemate on the cards
Sheffield United vs Swansea Match Preview and Predictions
[All odds correct at time of publication]
When is it? Saturday 4th August
What time is kick-off? 17:30
Where is it being played? Bramall Lane
Which channel is it on? Sky Sports Football
Who is the referee? Jeremy Simpson (Lancashire)
Swansea's bid to secure an immediate return to the Premier League starts with a trip to Sheffield United.
The Swans have installed Graham Potter, who rose to prominence by guiding Swedish minnows Ostersund into the latter stages of the Europa League, as manager.
Chris Wilder's United challenged for promotion for much of last season before fading and finishing 10th in the Championship.
Sheffield United vs Swansea Betting Tips
Here are our best tips for the match and we also have a range of other markets available.
The Blades lost only six league games in their first season back in the second tier last term, and their flying start was largely down to winning their first seven games at Bramall Lane.
By contrast Swansea only won twice on the road last season in the Premier League.
Both sides will have their sights set on a promotion challenge, and with that in mind a draw looks well priced at 43/20.
Swansea drew a blank in four of their last five games and scored only 28 league goals last season, so 8/1 for the match to finish 0-0 makes plenty of appeal.
First goalscorer tips
Leon Clarke scored a career-best 19 league goals last season, including four in his final six games, as Sheffield United missed out on the top six having hovered around the upper echelons for most of the campaign.
He has also been on target in pre-season and, despite us predicting a goalless draw, the veteran striker is a good shout at 4/1 should the deadlock be broken at Bramall Lane.
Anytime goalscorer tips
The experienced Billy Sharp, entering the final year of his current contract at his boyhood club, has also been among the goals in pre-season and claimed 14 in all competitions during the last campaign.
The 32-year-old grabbed the only goal as the Blades beat Brentford at home on the opening day last term and is 13/8 to net anytime should we see a goal in this game.
Where the game will be won or lost
Sheffield United have lost the attacking talents of David Brooks, and much will depend on front two Clarke and Sharp recapturing their outstanding form from last season.
John Egan has arrived from Brentford to bolster an already strong defence, while goalkeeper Dean Henderson has signed on loan from Manchester United after an outstanding campaign with Shrewsbury last term.
Swansea needed to add goals and will hope teenager Joel Asoro, bought from Sunderland, can add some cutting edge.
Wilfried Bony should thrive in the second tier if he remains at the Liberty Stadium, while Oli McBurnie impressed at this level for Barnsley last season.
Despite the departures of goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, Kyle Bartley and Andre Ayew, Potter still has a squad with plenty of top-flight experience at his disposal and how quickly the likes of Luciano Narsingh and Bony adapt to dropping down a division will determine their success this season.
The Blades failed to score six times in front of their own fans in the league last season but if either side is to find a breakthrough it is more likely to be the hosts, who found the net 62 times in the Championship in 2017/18, and they are available at 13/20 in the Sheffield United vs Swansea odds draw no bet market.
Sheffield United's latest signings Ben Woodburn and Kean Bryan are expected to be included in the squad for the home game against Swansea. Summer signings John Egan, David McGoldrick and goalkeeper Dean Henderson are all in contention for their Blades debuts.
Swansea's new manager Graham Potter could be short of players in his first game in charge of the club. Since the Swans were relegated in May more than a dozen players have departed and Alfie Mawson joined Fulham on Thursday. Sam Clucas and Leroy Fer will miss the start of the season as they recover from long-term injury, while Wilfried Bony is on compassionate leave following the recent death of his father.