Kick-off: 1730, 04/08/2018
Stadium: Bramall Lane
TV: Sky Sports
Sheffield United produced some impressive early home form in the Championship last season and can get the new campaign off to a flying start by beating Swansea in Yorkshire.
The Blades won seven of their first eight league games at Bramall Lane a year ago, including convincing victories over Wolves and Derby.
City may still be reeling from their relegation, so 13/10 for the hosts to prevail is our initial Sheff Utd vs Swansea prediction.
A Look At Sheffield United’s Betting Odds
United exceeded expectations for much of last season but couldn’t quite sustain their promotion push and eventually slipped down to 10th in the table.
However, they did close with a fine 3-2 triumph at Bristol City, when veteran striker Leon Clarke took his goal tally for the season to 19 with an early effort.
Highly-rated Wales midfielder David Brooks has moved on to Bournemouth for £10million, but free agent forward David McGoldrick and Brentford captain John Egan are useful recruits.
Chris Wilder’s side have looked sharp in friendlies, notably drawing 1-1 with Inter Milan at this venue when the better team for long periods.
A Look At Swansea City’s Betting Odds
After pulling off a great escape two years ago, Swansea failed to win any of their last nine matches and finished with five straight defeats as they fell out of the Premier League.
Carlos Carvalhal was sent packing after replacing Paul Clement over Christmas and now Graham Potter must embark on a rebuilding process.
The Englishman impressed with his work in Sweden at Ostersund but he is unproven back in his own domestic league.
Goalkeeper Lukasz Fabianski, midfielders Roque Mesa and Ki Sung-Yueng and forward Andre Ayew have departed, while defenders Alfie Mawson and Federico Fernandez also seem set to jump ship.
A squad which still includes the likes of Wilfried Bony, Sam Clucas and Tom Carroll is more than capable of competing at this level.
However, City ended their pre-season tour to Austria and Germany winless after a 3-0 defeat at SC Freiburg, having earlier lost to Genoa, FC Magdeburg and Eibar, so it may take time to get going.
Let’s add 35/4 for a 2-1 home win to our Sheff Utd vs Swansea betting tips.
Bristol City 2-3 SHEFF UTD – Leon Clarke, Billy Sharp, Kieron Freeman
SWANSEA 1-2 Stoke – Andy King
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