Sports Mole previews Monday’s championship clash between Watford and Sheffield United, including predictions, team news and potential lineups.
Gameweek one of the 2022–23 championship season kicks off on Monday at Vicarage Road watford playing host sheffield united,
The Hornets are aiming to return to the pinnacle of English football when they ask for the first time, while the Blades prepare for a second year in a row in the second tier.
Forest Green Rovers made no effort to hide their displeasure Rob EdwardsDeparture for Watford, and the 39-year-old now aims to avoid becoming the next victim of the Hornets’ trigger-happy board.
zisco munozzo, Claudio Ranieri and smart old man Roy Hodgson Everyone has tried and failed to keep Watford afloat in the Premier League last season, and this time competing at the top end of the championship table is a prerequisite for Edwards.
However, only one of Watford’s five pre-season fixtures ended in victory – a 4–1 loss to Wycombe Wanderers – as they drew with Panathinaikos and Southampton, losing to Cambridge United and Bolton Wanderers.
Still looking for their first domestic league win of 2022, Watford can take solace from the fact that only one of their last 15 opening-day matches has ended in defeat, which could be said for the Blades.
Trying to avoid even more playoff heartache in 2022–23, Sheffield United came so close to an immediate return to the top tier final stint, finishing fifth in the regular season and booking their place in the playoffs in the process. did.
rewarded for their efforts with a tie against Nottingham Forest, paul heckingbottomThe U.S. drew 3–3 with Tricky Trees after extra time in their two-legged tie, but morgan gibbs-white – who netted in a 2-1 second leg win – went from hero to naught as he missed a crucial penalty in the shootout.
The summer exhibition period has not been kind to Sheffield United, who enter their opening championship clash, having lost three of their last four friendlies to Scunthorpe United, Mansfield Town and Barnsley, but lost to Lincoln City, Casa Pia and Barnsley. The victory over Burton Albion came to him. Way.
While Watford have developed a penchant for opening-day performances, Sheffield United can claim only one win in their last eight such matches – losing the other six – and both between sides in the 2019–20 Premier League season. All classes ended in meetings.
Watford Pre-Season Form:
Sheffield United Pre-Season Form:
midfielder only imran louza Should Watford be absent on opening day, the former Nantes man is yet to recover from a knee injury, but the Hornets are otherwise fit and eager to leave.
A mass exodus occurred on Vicarage Road in the wake of his exile, but Edwards has so far managed to keep his grip. Emmanuel Denis, ismaila sarri and Manchester United-linked Daniel Bachchan,
new signature mario gasparo He has little time to get acquainted with his new teammates and therefore may not be involved from the off, while Ray Manaji And Wakoun Issouf Bio Ready to make a mark in the finals.
Conversely, Blades boss Heckingbottom must work around the number of people absent from injury, e.g. Jack O’Connell, Jaden Bogle, Adam Davis And tommy doyle Ready to watch it from the side.
It remains to be seen if billy sharp And Ollie McBurney will be cleared to play, so Ryan Brewster Should potentially lead the line after building up his fitness in the pre-season with reda khadr,
ciaran clark And anel ahmedhodzik visitors can expect their competitive debut, and sander barge Stays on the books in Brammel Lane and must start in the engine room.
Watford potential starting lineup:
Bachchan; Nagakia, Kabsale, Cathcart, Kamara; Cleverly, Kaymbe, Gosling; Sarr, Pedro, Deniso
Sheffield United probable starting lineup:
Foddingham; Clark, Egan, Ahmedhodzik; Baldock, Norwood, Fleck, Burge, Norrington-Davis; Brewster, Khadras
We say: Watford 1-1 Sheffield United
Cohesion in either squad hasn’t been disrupted too much this summer, and keeping the likes of Joao PedroSir and Dennis score goals for the Hornets on the books.
Winning on the opening day hasn’t been Sheffield United’s specialty, but Heckingbottom’s reinforced defense could hold Watford up a point to keep Watford looking forward to their next home win.
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