Sheffield United vs Manchester City preview: Guardiola to be involved in pre-match preparations

By Ric Turner, Fri 25 August 2023 14:51

Sheffield United vs Manchester City preview: Guardiola to be involved in pre-match preparationsManager will miss trip to Bramall Lane as he recovers from back surgery

Sheffield United vs Manchester City

Competition: F.A. Premier League

Date: 2.00pm, Sunday 27th August 2023

Venue: Bramall Lane, Sheffield

Referee: Jarred Gillett Assistants: S Bennett, D Cann Fourth Official: D Coote VAR: S Hooper

Odds: Sheffield United 14/1, Draw 6/1, Man City 1/6

Tickets: Sold out

TV: Sky Sports

Sheffield United

Manager: Paul Heckingbottom

Squad (from): Davis, Foderingham, Amissah, Baldock, Trusy, Basham, Egan, Ahmedhovic, Robinson, Bogle, Larouci, Seriki, Norwood, Osborn, Slimane, Brooks, Costa, Hamer, Davies, McBurnie, Traore, Osula, Marsh Jebbison, Hackford

Injured: Fleck, Brewster, Coulibaly, Norrington-Davies, Bogle,

Doubtful: Slimane, Jebbison, McBurnie, Baldock, Lowe

Suspended: None

Form guide: LL

Manchester City

Manager: Pep Guardiola

Squad (from): Ederson, Ortega, Carson, Walker, Dias, Stones, Ake, Gvardiol. Akanji, Lewis, Phillips, Kovacic, Grealish, Rodri, Silva, Gomez, Silva, Foden, Bobb, Palmer, McAtee, Haaland, Doku, Alvarez

Injured: Stones, De Bruyne

Doubtful: None

Suspended: None

Form guide: WDW

Pep Guardiola will be absent from the dug-out at Bramall Lane on Sunday, having undergone routine surgery on a back issue earlier in the week.

However, assistant manager Juanma Lillo has said that the boss will be fully involved in the pre-match preparations as he reovers at home.

“Of course! Pep is always there! he said at Friday's press conference.

“The contact is continuous. Telephone, video call, everything.

“He is watching Sheffield United right now. What’s important is his health. That's what matters.

"That doesn't keep him from being who he is. He’s fully focused on the team and the match.

“What he is transmitting to all of us is that the surgery has been successful. His recovery has to take necessary time. He feels fine. I’m happy to see him recover correctly.

“Pep prefers to speak face to face to the players so that would be me dealing with it (in terms of a pre match message). The form and content is his work. We’re not doing a video conference because he doesn't want that.

“He wants face to face (contact) and he’s in the messages that are going to be relayed.”

City won their last game against at Bramall Lane 1-0, with a goals from Kyle Walker. Overall City have won 54 of the 126 games played against the Blades, with 34 draws and 38 defeats.

Predicted line-up: Ederson, Walker, Akanji, Dias, Ake, Rodri, Kovacic, Foden, Grealish, Alvarez, Haaland

Score prediction: Sheffield United 0 City 2