Sheff Wed v Sheff Utd Championship preview and tips

20:45 Mon 04 Mar
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England
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Steve Bruce will have cast a wry smile at the fixture list when becoming manager of Sheffield Wednesday, with Sheffield United a club who has been previously managed by the experienced manager who will now be looking to put a dent into the Blades’ promotion campaign.

United are in a very strong position in the Championship after amassing 64 points from 34 games, with Chris Wilder having continued to demonstrate what a brilliant football manager he is and he will have his team fired up for Sunday’s derby.

The Blades have won their past three encounters, with Middlesbrough and Reading beaten before a slender triumph at The Hawthorns which means they are strong favourites coming into this clash.

Whisper it quietly but Gary Madine could be in line to haunt his former club, with the striker having scored a brace against the Royals and he was a controversial signing when Wilder decided to recruit the big front man.

Wednesday are fifteenth in the Championship table and won’t be going up or down this season, with the owners hoping that Bruce can help the club sustain a promotion campaign next season.

The Owls haven’t lost a Championship game since 12 January, with Wednesday having beaten Wigan and Swansea, while these results sandwiched a goalless draw against Reading.

Indeed, Bruce has focused on making this team hard to beat, although that recent 3-1 triumph against the Swans was the best result since the manager took charge and it’s clear that the supporters will be fired up for this encounter.

It’s hard to get excited about the Blades winning when they’ve won less than 50% of their matches on the road this season, especially when remembering the way that the team cast away a three-goal lead to draw 3-3 with Aston Villa recently.

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Team News

Sheff Wed: 4-4-1-1 (Confirmed Line-ups)
Sheff Utd: 3-5-2 (Confirmed Line-ups)
  • 01
    Keiren Westwood
  • 27
    Dominic Iorfa
  • 34
    Michael Hector
  • 15
    Tom Lees
  • 02
    Liam Palmer
  • 39
    Rolando Aarons
  • 10
    Barry Bannan
  • 23
    Sam Hutchinson
  • 20
    Adam Reach
  • 45
    Fernando Forestieri
  • 09
    Steven Fletcher
  • 01
    Dean Henderson
  • 12
    John Egan
  • 05
    Jack O'Connell
  • 06
    Chris Basham
  • 18
    Kieron Freeman
  • 16
    Oliver Norwood
  • 08
    Kieran Dowell
  • 04
    John Fleck
  • 03
    Enda Stevens
  • 14
    Gary Madine
  • 10
    Billy Sharp

Championship

# Team G W D L +/- P
1 Norwich 38 23 9 6 77:48 78
2 Sheffield Unite 38 22 8 8 64:34 74
3 Leeds 38 22 7 9 63:39 73
4 West Bromwich A 38 19 10 9 71:47 67
5 Middlesbrough 37 15 13 9 40:31 58
6 Aston Villa 38 14 15 9 68:54 57
7 Preston 38 15 12 11 58:50 57
8 Derby 37 15 11 11 46:44 56
9 Bristol City 36 15 10 11 45:38 55
10 Sheffield Wedne 38 14 13 11 48:51 55
11 Nottingham Fore 38 13 15 10 52:44 54
12 Hull 38 14 9 15 54:56 51
13 Birmingham 38 12 14 12 53:49 50
14 Brentford 37 13 10 14 60:50 49
15 Swansea 36 13 8 15 45:46 47
16 Blackburn 38 12 11 15 52:60 47
17 Stoke 37 10 16 11 37:42 46
18 Queens Park Ran 38 12 8 18 45:59 44
19 Wigan 38 10 9 19 41:57 39
20 Millwall 37 9 10 18 41:55 37
21 Reading 37 8 12 17 40:56 36
22 Rotherham 38 7 15 16 40:61 36
23 Bolton 38 7 8 23 26:63 29
24 Ipswich 38 3 15 20 29:61 24