After what seems like forever, the Premier League is finally back to light up our screens! In preparation for the opening weekend, Millsy’s View is going to take a look at each team and review how they have done so far, how they might perform with the remaining fixtures and where they might finish in the league.
It is obviously going to be very different, as we have already seen with the return of the Bundesliga, where the lack of fans seems to give no home advantage. Also, many teams have come back seemingly better prepared, whilst conversely, some are not so well prepared. Nonetheless, in this article, we’re going to a look at Sheffield United and try to analyse how they might do.
The Story So Far
Up until this point, Sheffield United have defied probably even the most ambitious fans expectations. Before play was stopped for Coronavirus, they had lit up the league as the underdogs taking on the big dogs, much in the same way Leicester did on their storied march to the title. The Blades certainly won’t achieve such a shock this season, but have put themselves very much in with a chance of a place in European competition next season.
A place in the Champions or Europa League would be very much well deserved for Chris Wilder’s side. Although they probably don’t have the highest quality of players on the pitch, their high work rate has proven that their quality is more than just the sum of its parts and have produced some beautiful football with that.
What’s Coming Up?
Sheffield United have the unenviable position of being the away team in the first game of the Premier League return. Dean Smith, of their opponents Aston Villa, has already spoken about how much pressure will be on the teams, as many people the world over will probably tune in to get a taste of the action.
Being the away team in this scenario is far from ideal, especially when the team was in the third tier just 4 years ago when Wilder took over, the pressure must be immense. Playing away to Villa, who sit in 19th place and are very much relegation candidates, could soften that blow though and I expect them to take home the points in a 2-1 win.
Following that, their run in is probably one of the toughest, however, as they still have to play 6 of the other top 9 teams, only having played Liverpool and Man City twice. This could have a serious effect on their hopes of European competition, but I’n not going to be the one to underestimate them this time!
Where Will They Finish?
Finally, I am actually going to back Sheffield United to finish within the top 6 of the league. I think Man United and Chelsea are probably strong enough to finish above them, and of course the aforementioned lack of fans could change a lot, but if they carry on from where they left off, I see them seeing off the likes of Wolves, Arsenal and Tottenham.