League action resumes this weekend with the ‘Steel City’ derby as Sheffield United host Sheffield Wednesday at Bramall Lane in Sky Bet Championship.
After resting several players for Saturday’s FA Cup win over Ipswich, Chris Wilder is expected to recall several first team regulars.
Striker, Ched Evans has resumed training after overcoming an ankle injury but won’t feature here.
Defender, Kieron Freeman is out with a knee injury.
Talented midfielder, David Brooks is out with glandular fever.
New Sheffield Wednesday boss, Jos Luhukay is remaining coy on who will feature.
He however has a long injury list of players, including;
- Kieren Westwood (rib)
- Barry Bannan (hip)
- Gary Hooper (hip)
- Jack Hunt (hip)
- Sam Hutchinson (knee)
- Sheffield United have won five of last 12 meetings, drawing three and losing four.
- These teams met here on a Friday in their last Championship clash at Bramall Lane (September 2009) with the Blades winning 3-2
- From eight derbies this century at Bramall Lane, the Blades have taken 13 points out of a possible 24.
- The same period has seen 23 goals at Bramall Lane compared to 20 at Hillsborough.
Battle of discipline and clinical finishing
September’s clash at Hillsborough saw the Blades take a 4-2 win so could similar lie ahead here?
Below, you can find a table containing United’s per home game and Wednesday’s per away game averages.
|Per game average||Sheffield United (home)||Sheffield Wednesday (away)|
|Shots on Target||4.38||3.08|
United’s per home game average suggests that they will be more likely to attack but their discipline could be their undoing.
Card wise, they have averaged nearly two yellow cards per home match but have two reds for similar average.
Wednesday meanwhile are poor in attack but have averaged slightly fewer cards in both yellow and red.
This will be a tough test of Wednesday’s defence, particularly because I don’t expect another high scoring thriller.
The Owls’ injury list is a real concern and ultimately, I can see that costing them here.
Prediction: Sheffield United 3-1 Sheffield Wednesday
Result: Sheffield United 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday