Sheffield United v Birmingham City LIVE commentary: New Championship season gets up and running August 7, 2021 – Posted in: Soccer

The new Championship season is under way as Sheffield United return to the league after relegation against Birmingham City.

With 46 games to play, the two sides have prepared for an enthralling season ahead.

How will Slaviša Jokanović fare as he faces his first Championship test with Sheffield United?

How will Slaviša Jokanović fare as he faces his first Championship test with Sheffield United?

It’s all on the line as the two sides clash in the Saturday evening fixture of the opening weekend of the Championship.

Bramall Lane will host the Blades’ first game of the season against the Blues.

Slavisa Jokanovic will manage his first competitive game for Sheffield United, while Lee Bowyer will take charge of Birmingham.

Sheffield United v Birmingham City: How to listen

This match will take place at 8:00pm on Saturday, August 7.

Full coverage from Bramall Lane will be exclusively live on talkSPORT, with the coverage starting at 7.55pm.

Commentary will be provided by Ian Danter and Micky Gray.

To tune in, click HERE for the live stream.

Bowyer managed Birmingham City for 10 games last season

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Bowyer managed Birmingham City for 10 games last season

Sheffield United v Birmingham City: Team news

Aaron Ramsdale and Sander Berge look set to feature as Blades boss Jokanovic revealed he would be ‘surprised if they didn’t start’.

Striker Oli McBurnie is a doubt after a metatarsal fracture earlier this year.

Meanwhile, Birmingham’s Ivan Sunjic could play despite a knock in pre-season, which put his start in doubt.

Marc Roberts is also set to return after an injury against West Bromwich Albion.

Dion Sanderson remains doubtful for the Blues along with Neil Etheridge who tested positive for COVID-19 last month but is back training.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is a huge fan of Ramsdale

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Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta is a huge fan of Ramsdale

Sheffield United v Birmingham City: What has been said?

Sheffield United boss Jokanovic said: “Birmingham are always experienced and a hard opponent, we have cheked some games from last season and in pre-season and we do not expect anything will be easy.

Striker Billy Sharp is just one away from a landmark 250 career goals and only seven from a Championship record and told the ExaminerLive: “The Championship goal record would be nice to get.

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“I’m sure Jordan Rhodes is looking at it too because David (Nugent) is not playing in the Championship and me and Jordan are.

“I might get a goal and then the week after he might go past me, or vice versa.

“I just want to score goals for Sheffield United.

“The next one is quite important for me too, as it’ll be my 250th career goal.

“It would be nice to get it on Saturday in front of the fans again.”

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