Sky Sports pundit makes exciting score prediction for Sheffield United's big game against Aston Villa

It is a battle between two newly-promoted teams as Sheffield United host Aston Villa at Bramall Lane, with the Blades hopeful of a win.

Saturday, 14th December 2019, 11:26 am
Nicholas makes his prediction
Nicholas makes his prediction

Sheffield United are looking to further cement their reputation as the best of the newly-promoted sides as they host Aston Villa on Saturday.

Promotion rivals from last season Villa and Norwich are in the lower reaches of the table as things stand, while the Blades have enjoyed a position in the top half of the table for the vast majority of the season.

A win would put Sheffield United on 25 points for the season, well on the way to the magic 40 point mark which tends to guarantee Premier League safety.

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The Blades will be hopeful of a home win against Dean Smith’s side, and Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas is backing them to do just that.

Speaking in his weekly predictions column, he said: “Aston Villa have played some nice stuff under Dean Smith, but I do not trust the defensive setup. The performances have looked good but the league table does not lie. Jack Grealish and John McGinn started the season superbly.

“They have finally found a position for Grealish, which is off the left. We know what Sheffield United are all about - that is energy and drive, and making the opposition make mistakes. With high wing-backs, they will force Villa back and I can see them getting joy here. It will be a low-scoring match.