For our Sunderland vs. Sheffield United prediction, we're going for a 1-0 win for the home side.
Sheffield United are looking to fend off the challenge from Middlesbrough as they face Sunderland in the Championship this week.
Sunderland currently sit 10th in the Championship with fourteen wins, ten draws and twelve losses from thirty-six games this season.
The Black Cats have had a pretty impressive season back in the Championship following promotion from League One last time out as they stand a solid chance of reaching the play-offs with just ten games remaining.
They enter this game amidst a shaky run of form having won one, drawn one and lost three of their last five matches.
They are, though, coming off the back of a very significant win having beaten fellow play-off rivals Norwich City 1-0 away from home last time out, a big result that brought an end to a three-match losing streak.
Sunderland's home form has been up and down of late having won two, drawn one and lost two of their last five games on home soil so it's tough to rely on them un any great capacity.
The Black Cats are a funny team under Tony Mowbray and it's tough to predict what version of them will turn up solely based on form. On their day they're a handful but on other days they're a pushover; let's see what we're treated to this week.
Sheffield United currently sit 2nd in the Championship with twenty wins, seven draws and nine losses from thirty-six games this season.
The Blades have been up and down this season and are beginning to loosely hang onto their spot in the automatic promotion places amidst a serious wobble in form.
Sheffield United are coming into this game having won two and lost three of their last five league matches, with all three of those defeats coming against sides currently placed 4th-6th in the league table.
Their most recent game saw them slump to a 0-1 defeat to Luton Town in a game that saw them deliver another disappointing performance.
The Blades' level seems to have dropped since the World Cup break and they've been unable to recover it, and with Middlesbrough hot on their tail in 3rd there's a serious amount of anxiety amongst the fanbase regarding their promotion hopes.
They've only won one of their last five games away from home, too, and combined with the pressure induced by the fact Middlesbrough are now just four points behind them in the table it's not hard to see The Blades falling to another defeat here.
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