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Preview: Swansea City vs. Sheffield United - prediction, team news, lineups

Sports Mole previews Saturday's Championship clash between Swansea City and Sheffield United, including predictions, team news and possible lineups.

Swansea City and Sheffield United will be looking to bounce back from opening game defeats in the Championship when they meet at the newly-named Stadium on Saturday.

The Swans went down 2-1 to Blackburn Rovers, while United lost 1-0 against Birmingham City on their return to the second tier.

Match preview

Swansea City's Ben Cabango celebrates scoring their second goal against Reading in the EFL Cup on August 10, 2021© Reuters

Russell Martin's first competitive game in charge of Swansea did not go to plan as last season's beaten playoff finalists contributed to their own downfall at Ewood Park.

Steven Benda gave away a sloppy penalty that was converted by Ben Brereton Diaz, adding to Sam Gallagher's opener and rendering Jamie Paterson's debut goal a mere consolation.

City did at least get off the mark with an impressive 3-0 win at Reading in round one of the EFL Cup in midweek, but points are needed on the board in the Championship.

The Welsh side have not started a league campaign with successive losses since 2013-14 when in the Premier League, and they have beaten United in each of the last three meetings.

Fulham manager Slavisa Jokanovic pictured on November 5, 2018© Reuters

That is something the Blades will of course be eager to change this weekend as they look to respond to their home loss at the hands of Birmingham.

Maxime Colin headed in the only goal of the game at Bramall Lane with 19 minutes played, meaning defeat for United in their first game since dropping out of the top flight.

Like Swansea, the Blades also have a new man in the dugout as Slavisa Jokanovic - who has twice earned promotion with Watford and Fulham - took charge on a three-year deal.

Jokanovic admitted to being disappointed with the result against Birmingham, though he fell short of criticising his players for their performance.

United bounced back with a midweek cup win against Carlisle United, but they have now won just seven of their 39 league games since the start of last season.

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Sheffield United Championship form:
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Team News

 Sheffield United's Rhian Brewster celebrates scoring their first goal against Carlisle in the EFL Cup on August 10, 2021© Reuters

United's win against Carlisle was most notable for Rhian Brewster scoring his first goal for the club after a 1,357-minute wait spanning the past 10 months.

Having been used as a substitute on the opening weekend of the season, the former Liverpool man - who impressed on loan at Swansea in the past - may get the nod up top here.

Oli McBurnie, another former Swans favourite, may also be recalled on Saturday, while Billy Sharp - going strong at the age of 35 - is another option in attack for Jokanovic.

Goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale has been strongly linked with a move to Arsenal this week, but he is expected to feature between the sticks in South Wales.

As for Swansea, Martin made five changes to his lineup for the Reading win and may be tempted to stick with a similar XI this weekend given the nature of his side's victory.

Dan Williams and Joel Piroe impressed on their senior bows, though they may have to settle for substitute appearances against Sheffield United at best.

The Swans this week brought in Flynn Downes from Ipswich Town and the midfielder is in contention for a swift debut.

Swansea City possible starting lineup:
Benda; Cabango, Naughton, Latibeaudiere; Naughton, Paterson, Downes, Grimes, Bidwell; Lowe, Piroe

Sheffield United possible starting lineup:
Ramsdale; Baldock, Basham, Egan, Norrington-Davies; Berge, Norwood, Fleck; McGoldrick, Brewster, Burke

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We say: Swansea City 2-1 Sheffield United

Martin and Jokanovic could do with getting off the mark with their first league wins in charge of Swansea and United respectively, but at least one of them will be disappointed.

Swansea were let down by some sloppy moments against Blackburn but looked impressive against Reading, so we are backing the Swans to pick up all three points on home soil.

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