‘Plenty of entertainment’: EFL pundit deliver frank verdict for Bristol City v Sheff Utd
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Bristol City host Sheffield United at Ashton Gate on Tuesday night as the two sides cram in their Championship fixtures before the World Cup break. The match is being played in front of the Sky Sports television cameras.
Both sides avoided defeat on Saturday and had some pleasure from their results. The Robins, who were depleted as a result of injuries, as well as illness spreading through the camp, held promotion-chasing Swansea City to a 1-1 draw, with Tommy Conway opening the scoring.
The Blades meanwhile inflicted a 2-0 defeat on West Brom, ensuring that the newly appointed Carlos Corberan had a losing start in charge of the Baggies. Iliman Ndiaye and Oli McBurnie found the back of the net inside 23 minutes and there was no response from the men in the Midlands.
After the latest set of results, Sheff Utd are fourth and are four points off Blacburn Rovers, who hold an automatic promotion spot. City are below mid-table in 14th position and there are several clubs breathing down their necks to overtake them. The table is so tight that a win for City could move them up to ninth whilst a defeat would see them potentially drop as low as 18th.
City don't have the greatest of records against City having only won two of their last eight home games against them with there being an eight-season gap between the two. Their home form has slumped with only one win in their last five and only two in their last ten matches. Sheffield United will look to exploit their vulnerability at set-pieces having conceded the most from corners this season with seven conceded. Eight of the last nine goals they have conceded have come from either a corner kick or a free-kick.
Ahead of the match, Sky Sports pundit David Prutton, has made his usual assessment of both teams ahead of the match and his prediction. The 41-year-old was indifferent with how he described City, speaking both positively whilst an element of negativity also.
He said in his Sky Sports column: "There is always plenty of entertainment and goals when Bristol City are in action, simply because they have great forward options and also can't seem to defend.
"Sheffield United were back to winning ways at the weekend and will hope to exploit City's defensive frailties and make it back-to-back victories."
The former Leeds United and Nottingham Forest midfielder predicts that City will score, but fall to a 2-1 defeat to the men from South Yorkshire.