2022-23 Sky Bet Championship: Week Two – Saturday

Sheffield United welcome Millwall to Bramall Lane in a huge Sky Bet Championship clash. 

At least one point could lift the Blades out of the relegation zone, whereas victory could see Millwall stay top for a second matchweek depending on results elsewhere.

 

Team News

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Jack Robinson is ruled out for Sheffield United with medial ligament damage suffered during a collision in training, which forced him to miss last weekend’s defeat at Watford.

Chris Basham (hamstring) and Enda Stevens (calf) are doubts, whilst Tommy Doyle (thigh) is still ruled out despite resuming training this week.

Adam Davies, Jack O’Connell, Jayden Bogle (all knee) and Oli McBurnie (foot) all remain absent.

Millwall will be without Zian Flemming and Tom Bradshaw with respective knee and groin injuries.

George Honeyman is suspended after he was red carded in their midweek shock Carabao Cup exit at Cambridge United.

 

Stat Attack

  • Sheffield Utd have claimed five points from their last five Championship meetings against Millwall (W1, D2, L2).
  • Millwall are unbeaten in six Championship visits to Bramall Lane (W2, D4).
  • Three of Millwall’s four draws at Sheffield Utd in the Championship finished 1-1 – except for a 2-2 draw in November 2005.
  • Sheffield Utd have won two of their last five opening home matches of a new season (W2, L3).
  • Millwall have avoided defeat in four of their last five opening away matches of a new league campaign (W1, D3, L1).

 

Prediction

Following their opening defeat at Watford on Monday evening, Sheffield Utd will be eager to improve especially from set pieces which was where they conceded the winner on a Hornets counter-attack, although they did produce a decent overall effort despite getting outplayed.

Millwall meanwhile have already established that they will be clinically dangerous from set pieces, which is going to be an aspect of play where Sheffield Utd need to keep to an absolute minimum, otherwise these Lions will look to take their chances as they did against Stoke last weekend.

Paul Heckingbottom’s Blades though need to make home advantage count because if Millwall come out and play like they did last weekend with clinical finishing, Sheffield Utd will need to take their own chances if they’re to get anything from this match.

Prediction: Sheffield United 1-1 Millwall

Result: Sheffield United 2-0 Millwall

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