Swansea City vs Sheffield United preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
Newly appointed Manager Russell Martin poses for a picture after the Swansea City Press Conference at the Liberty Stadium on August 05, 2021 in Swansea, Wales. (Photo by Athena Pictures/Getty Images)

Swansea City come into the game off the back of a disappointing 2-1 defeat away at Blackburn Rovers. Jamie Paterson's second-half debut goal proved only to be a consolation for The Swans as strikes from Sam Gallagher and Ben Brereton-Diaz earned Tony Mowbray's side all three points. 

Russell Martin's side did however manage to pick up a 3-0 Carabao Cup victory against Reading at the Madejski Stadium on Tuesday. Joel Latibeaudiere, Ben Cabango and Joel Piroe netted for Swansea, who will be looking to build on this dominant performance in their first home game of the season. 

Swansea have beaten The Blades in their last three league meetings and will be hoping to make it four this weekend. 

Sheffield United also failed to register any points last weekend as Maxime Colin's header saw Birmingham City come away from Bramall Lane as 1-0 winners. 

Slaviša Jokanović did however manage to pick up his first victory as Sheffield United manager in a 1-0 home win against League Two side Carlisle United in the Carabao Cup on Tuesday night. Rhian Brewster finally managed to score his first goal for The Blades after a very slow opening ten months with the club. 

Sheffield United have not won away at Swansea in their last seven attempts, with their last victory dating back to 1958. They have also won their first away league match in just two of the last 31 seasons.  Jokanović will hope to put the club's bad records behind him and get their season rolling with a win on Saturday night.

With both sides looking to contend for promotion this season, both managers will see this game as a must-win even this early on in the season in order to not fall too far behind the leaders early on.

Team news

Swansea boss Russell Martin is likely to name the same side that started in The Swans' defeat at Ewood Park last Saturday. The one change he could make is bringing new signing Flynn Downes into the starting lineup, however Martin is likely to feature him on the bench to start with. 

Liam Walsh will be assessed but Connor Roberts remains out with a groin injury and Jay Fulton is still suspended.

Sheffield United forward Lys Mousset picked up a hamstring injury in the opening day defeat to Birmingham and will therefore be out for four to six weeks. Left-back Enda Stevens will also be out for the foreseeable future with a knee injury he sustained during pre-season.

In Mousset’s absence, former Swansea strikers Oli McBurnie and Rhian Brewster could be in contention for a place in the team against their old team on Saturday. 35-year-old Billy Sharp is also an option. Aaron Ramsdale is expected to start in goal for The Blades at the Swansea.com stadium despite strong rumours linking him to Arsenal this week.

Predicted lineups

Swansea City (3-5-2):

Benda; Latibeaudiere, Bennett, Cabango; Naughton, Dhanda, Grimes, Smith, Manning; Whittaker, Lowe

Sheffield United (4-4-2):

Ramsdale; Baldock, Egan, Robinson, Osborn; Fleck, Burge, Norwood, McGoldrick; Burke, McBurnie

Ones to watch

Jamal Lowe will be the main focal point of attack for Swansea as they look to break down an experienced Sheffield United back four. The Jamaica international signed for The Swans last summer for £800k from Wigan Athletic and scored 14 league goals in his first season at the club. The 27-year-old forward is an accomplished all-round attacker who varies between coming short to help his teammates find a pass and using his pace to run off the shoulder of the last man. Russell Martin will be hoping that Lowe can grab his first goal of the season this weekend to help his side pick up maximum points. 

Sander Berge is arguably one of the most valuable players in the Championship this season and the defensive midfielder will be expected to push Sheffield United up the table with solid performances throughout the season. The 23-year-old, who has made 24 appearances for Norway, signed for The Blades in January 2020 for a club-record fee of £22 million and has been a fan favourite for the South Yorkshire side ever since. Sheffield United will be hoping he can provide stability in the middle of the park against the dangerous middle three of Swansea.

Previous meetings

The last meeting between these two sides was in Sheffield United's promotion season in the 2019-2020 season. Oli McBurnie scored the only goal of the game for Swansea against his current club in January 2019.

How to watch

The game is live on Sky Sports Football at 8pm on Saturday 14 August.