Sky Sports pundit reveals score prediction for Sheffield United's HUGE televised clash with Manchester City

Sheffield United take on Guardiola’s City at Bramall Lane.

Tuesday, 21st January 2020, 3:00 pm
Charlie Nicholas predicts

Sheffield United face another exciting challenge in their Premier League adventure on Tuesday evening as they face Pep Guardiola and Manchester City at Bramall Lane.

City ended the Blades’ stunning unbeaten away run last month, and Chris Wilder’s side will be looking to exact revenge in the big televised clash.

Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas has been impressed with the Blades on their return to the top-flight, and along with Wolves last season, sees United as one of the best teams to be promoted to the Premier League in ‘some time’.

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He is tipping the Blades to give City a scare at Bramall Lane, but ultimately believes they will fall short. Wilder and co are no strangers to proving pundits wrong, though.

Speaking in his regular predictions column, Nicholas said: “Sheffield United have been fabulous and have been tremendously successful in their first season. I thought that when Wolves came up, they were the best team to be introduced to the Premier League in some time. Sheffield United are not as good in terms of the style but they are not far away from it.

“Manchester City are still in second, but I felt as though they were going to kick on with the few wins they registered. Pep Guardiola was angry and seemed to have sussed the issue out. I mentioned when they beat Man Utd in the Carabao Cup that Raheem Sterling needed to start scoring again and up his game to a degree.

“Everybody has blips in their form, but it seems to be Riyad Mahrez who is carrying City currently. Kevin De Bruyne is still different class and Sergio Aguero continues to score goals.

“It is time to get Aymeric Laporte back in. As much as I admire Fernandinho, he is not a centre-back - he never has been and never will be. If he plays, he plays the holding role. Rodri is not a centre-back either but he is more natural to play that role. Sheffield United will squeeze but the quality of Manchester City should get them through this.