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Guardiola’s Absence: Will Man City Triumph at Sheffield United?

Manchester City’s Bramall Lane Challenge

Champions Travel to Steel City

The Premier League, in its ever-unpredictable nature, takes Manchester City to Sheffield United this Sunday. And while the trip to Bramall Lane might seem like another day at the office, there’s a plethora of intricacies beneath the surface.

Following their triumphant UEFA Super Cup win in Athens and a confident display against Newcastle, there’s no denying the momentum with City. However, history and tradition have a knack for surprising us.


Sheffield’s Battle for Survival

Having endured a tough summer, Sheffield United’s return to the Premier League hasn’t been all sunshine and roses. Notwithstanding their well-structured defence, facing the might of a team in form, such as City, is always a daunting task. They aren’t just playing for points but for pride and, ultimately, Premier League survival.

Key Details to Note

Kick-off Details: Mark your calendars for 2pm BST on Sunday, 27 August 2023.

Venue: Bramall Lane, Sheffield.

Watch and Stream: The clash will air on Sky Sports Main Event, Sky Sports Premier League, and Sky Sports Ultra HDR. Those with a subscription can also catch the action via Sky Go’s website or app.

Team News

Sheffield could introduce Cameron Archer to their ranks following his switch from Aston Villa, while Rhian Brewster remains sidelined.


As for City, they’re nursing wounds of their own. Kevin De Bruyne is looking at a few months on the bench post-hamstring surgery. Meanwhile, the availability of John Stones and Bernardo Silva hangs in the balance. Fresh recruit Jeremy Doku might get his City start.

Yet, the most notable absentee will be Pep Guardiola, recovering from back surgery, passing the managerial baton to assistant Juanma Lillo for the time being.

Prediction Corner

With all the might and form behind City, even the absence of Guardiola we predict a 3-0 win for the Champions.

Head-to-Head Stats

  • Sheffield United Victories: 38
  • Stalemates: 34
  • Manchester City Triumphs: 54

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