West Bromwich Albion vs Sheffield United preview: How to watch, form guide, team news, predicted line ups and ones to watch
WEST BROMWICH, ENGLAND - AUGUST 14: Goalscorer Callum Robinson of West Bromwich Albion celebrates with Karlan Grant during the Sky Bet Championship match between West Bromwich Albion and Luton Town at The Hawthorns on August 14, 2021 in West Bromwich, England. (Photo by Malcolm Couzens/Getty Images)

West Bromwich Albion and Sheffield United were both relegated from the Premier League in uninspiring fashion last season, but both will be expecting to bounce straight back up to the big time.

  • Form Guide

West Bromwich Albion

The Baggies have smashed the goals in in their first two matches of the EFL Championship season; drawing level twice in the enthralling 2-2 draw against AFC Bournemouth to come away from the Vitality Stadium with a hard earned point before beating Luton Town 3-2 at home last time out.

Star forward Callum Robinson impressed - and scored - in both matches whilst Karlan Ahearne-Grant also opened his account for the season.

Conceding four goals in two games won't be a run that West Brom will want to keep going, but their strikers definitely know where the goal is in this division.

Sheffield United

Unlike their opponents, Sheffield United have struggled to hit the back of the net in the early stages of the 2021/22 campaign.

A dreadful display at home to Birmingham City saw the men in red and white fall to a 1-0 defeat saw the Yorkshire club make the worst possible start to the season before scraping passed Carlisle United in the first round of the Carabao Cup; Ex-Liverpool man Rhian Brewster's first goal for the Club was enough to see them through to the next stage.

 

The Blades then played out a surprisingly cagey 0-0 draw at Swansea City. You'd have thought the win against Carlisle would have buoyed the players more, but the goalless game in Wales means they have taken just one point from their opening two league matches without scoring a goal.

  • Team News

West Bromwich Albion

Winger Robert Snodgrass stepped up his return to fitness with two goals and an assist in the 3-2 PL2 win against Burnley on Monday, but the Scotland international will not feature in the first team squad to face Sheffield United.

With no other injury news, the 'boing boing Baggies' seem in good stead to make it two wins from two at home.

Sheffield United

Goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale now looks set to stay at the Club, after Arsenal pulled out of negotiations to sign the England shot-stopper, so he is expected to start between the sticks again.

Slaviša Jokanović has Liverpool loanee Ben Davies available for selection. The young centre-half made the move just in time to meet the EFL's registration rules and is in line to make his debut, but Jokanović says he will evaluate "what the best option is" for the crunch game.

  • Predicted line ups

West Bromwich Albion

Johnstone; O'Shea, Bartley, Clarke, Furlong; Livermore, Mowatt, Townsend, Diangana; Robinson, Grant

Sheffield United

Ramsdale; Baldock, Basham, Egan; Robinson, Berge, Norwood, Burke; McGoldrick, Brewster, Sharp.

  • Previous meetings

The last four meetings between the two clubs have been very close-run affairs over the last few years. Sheffield United have won two of the last three, 2-1 last season and 1-0 in 2018/19, but West Brom's most recent victory over the Blades  - the 1-0 Hawthorns win - was sandwiched in between and the Baggies also won the other 2018/19 meeting 2-1 at Brammal Lane.

You have to go all the way back to 2010 for the previous meeting; West Brom's 3-1 home win thanks to goals from Graeme DorransRoman Bednar and Jerome ThomasDarius Henderson scored a penalty - like Dorrans - for the away side, but it wasn't anywhere near enough to prevent defeat.

  • Ones to watch

Callum Robinson - West Bromwich Albion

With two goals in as many games, the rapid forward has his shooting boots on at the start of this season. With trickery to match his pace and impressive awareness of those around him, it's a miracle that the Midlands club have kept hold of him after dropping out of the top flight. If he gets a chance, he'll take it. If he doesn't, he'll create it. Best player in the division, for me,

Rhian Brewster - Sheffield United

This lad needs a lucky break. Having seemingly worked his way into Jürgen Klopp's plans at Anfield, the youngster was sold for over £20m, albeit with a buy-back clause, and hasn't really got going. After being left on the bench for much of the 2020/21 Premier League season, the previously prolific striker finally got his first goal for the club last week and I have no doubt that he will continue to bang them in throughout the campaign, He (and Sheffield United) have unfinished business in the Premier League.

  • How to watch

The game will be broadcast live on Sky Sports Football with kick off at 20:00 BST

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