Last updated & checked: 10/08/2021
A match with some profound implications for the Championship title race takes place at Carrow Road this weekend, with the home side looking to keep pace with, or potentially overtake, league leaders Leeds. Their visitors, though, will be perfectly aware that a win at the home of their promotion rivals could catapult them into the second spot currently held by Norwich. With the top six covered by a total of eight points, every game is a huge one for these sides right now, and all the more so when two teams chasing automatic promotion face off against one another.
The hosts come into this game off the back of an impressive 3-1 win over Birmingham last weekend, which took them to within a point of Marcelo Bielsa’s front-runners. United, meanwhile, are playing catch-up after a 1-0 defeat at Swansea saw today’s hosts open up a three-point gap; any win here will erase that gap; and with Norwich one goal worse off in the goal difference column, visiting manager Chris WIlder will be aware of how fine the margins governing success and failure here are.
Norwich City vs Sheffield United Prediction: Canaries 1-2 Blades
Our prediction for the outcome of this game is that the Blades will give their promotion push a boost, and win the game 2-1. The Blades have enjoyed some great form over the last couple of months, and Wilder’s team are looking like they will be in the mix when it comes to deciding the final promotion places this season. Norwich are at home, but have struggled to win games in recent weeks. The Blades look set to win a close game, possibly with a late Billy Sharp goal once again.
Our recommended tip: Blades win, 1X2
Our tip for this game comes courtesy of Betway, who are offering odds of 2/1 on a Blades win on the 1X2 market. We suspect that the match on Saturday afternoon is going to be a hard-fought encounter that may well swing both ways in terms of its momentum. While we have predicted a 2-1 final scoreline in favour of the South Yorkshire side, backing the Blades on the 1X2 market gives you the chance of a decent return, while also giving you some flexibility in terms of the precise final score.
These sides have met three times in the Championship over the last two seasons. Last season, each team won away from home in the league. At Bramall Lane in September 2017, the Canaries won 1-0. At Carrow Road, in January 2018, the Blades ended up winning 2-1.
The most recent encounter between these sides was at Bramall Lane in the Championship back in August. John Egan opened the scoring for the Blades after only nine minutes. Norwich then equalised via Jordan Rhodes in the 26th minute. Billy Sharp netted a very late Blades winner in the third minute of injury time in the second half.
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Players to watch: Teemu Pukki & Billy Sharp
Norwich’s Finnish striker Teemu Pukki has emerged as one of the Championship’s key players this season, and has become a vital part of the Canaries’ push for promotion to the Premier League in 2018/19. He has weighed in with 16 goals and four assists so far during this campaign, and 30 out of his 50 shots this season have been on target. He has scored a goal on average every 139 minutes he has been on the pitch.
Billy Sharp is a cult hero at Bramall Lane, and the fans’ favourite is doing the business on the pitch again in 2018/19. Like Pukki, Sharp has netted 16 goals this season. He has also provided one assist. His goals have come, on average, every 121 minutes during this campaign. He is also the team’s skipper this season, and talks are taking place to extend his current deal at the club beyond this season.