The San Siro on Tuesday now becomes Bramall Lane on Sunday.
Sheffield On Sunday
Sheffield United were denied one, even three points at Tottenham last week. Now they will look for a first league win of the season.
Late Late Drama
With the Champions League anthem blaring out of the San Siro, Newcastle’s return to the tournament was complete and although they were largely outclassed by Milan on Tuesday, the Magpies did manage to fly back to Tyneside with a point.
A point that could have been three at the death and had someone with slightly more attacking prowess than Sean Longstaff been on the other end of the ball, who knows if the travelling Newcastle fans would have been sent into delirium.
It was not necessarily a classic performance from Eddie Howe’s men in Milan, but they have at least managed to open their Champions League account for the season, and you could make similar parallels to their performance against Brentford last Saturday.
It was far from the scintillating Newcastle that we saw on the opening weekend of the Premier League season, but it was a performance that allowed them to get the better of Brentford and after three successive league defeats, there was almost a sense of must-win against the Bees.
An objective that was reached after Callum Wilson’s second-half penalty was coolly slotted home and now the aim will be to build on a largely positive seven days by getting the better of Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.
A side that had the better of Tottenham going into the 98th minute of their encounter in North London. By the time the clock had ticked over to the 100th, Ange Postecoglou’s men had snatched a dramatic win for themselves.
12 minutes of added time on the clock but perhaps it was proof that teams will no longer be able to run down the minutes with the new timekeeping edict that has been passed on to referees – a point that Paul Heckingbottom was rather sore about in the post-match media scrum.
Perhaps not about the 12 minutes itself but more about how Peter Bankes policed the game after Wes Foderingham was given an earlier booking. Manager Heckingbottom claimed that referee Bankes was ordering the Blades ‘keeper on the length of passes he should be making.
‘Kick it long or you will be booked again’ was the claim. A claim that although unsubstantiated does offer an element of concern at the same time – for the simple reason that officials should not be dictating how a goal kick should be taken.
But now it is time for the first of my two tips and with Sheffield United playing their better football at home, I think they will manage to keep Newcastle at bay for the first half but unfortunately crumble in the second and therefore, I am backing the halftime draw and away win at 10/3.
In addition to this, I am going to opt for a correct score bet as well. Sheffield United recently lost 2-1 at home to Manchester City and therefore, I am backing the same outcome against Newcastle at odds of 8/1.