Having battled long and hard throughout the 2018/19 Championship campaign, Sheffield United took full advantage recently with a dogged performance against Leeds United, and whilst there were still a few twists and turns – we showed the spirit and attitude to clinch automatic promotion from the Championship and we are already celebrating a return to the Premier League for the coming 2019/20 campaign.
This Sunday’s clash with Stoke City is the proverbial dead rubber as the result changes absolutely nothing but given the stick received by Leeds, there are plenty of Blades fans who want to see us twist the knife and take victory to open up a bigger points gap for the campaign following their collapse.
Sky Sports pundit David Prutton gave his usual predictions for the next round of fixtures, and although he didn’t give a margin when it came to the scoreline, he was confident we’d end up lifting the title and go up in even more style.
“It looked like it was going to go to the wire for automatic promotion in the Sky Bet Championship, but Leeds’ collapse allowed Sheffield United to seal it before the final day, which I must admit I didn’t see coming! Boy have the Blades been celebrating since. Chris Wilder is a driven individual, though, and he will want his team to win at Stoke and give themselves a chance of silverware. They are three points behind Norwich, with a better goal difference, so the title can still be won. I fancy Sheffield United to turn up at Stoke and nick all three points, and Norwich have a difficult trip to Aston Villa. You don’t know how many changes Dean Smith will make in that one with the play-offs coming up, but I have a feeling they could sneak the win and give the Blades the opportunity to claim the title.”
End result – “Sheffield United to win the Championship”
Let’s hope Prutton’s right!