Pre-Match View From Millwall

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“I’m not sure if this one will attract a big crowd. We love a cup game against the premier sides but how do you see it? We play them on regular basis, they’re no Spurs or Everton and there’s a good chance that both managers will select squad players”

“It didn’t exactly get me too excited as like you say, we played them a lot recently” “Always a good atmosphere against Sheffield U”

“always a good atmosphere when Shef utd come to the den”.

“Trains from Sheff to London are knackered so don’t expect them to bring many.”

“They are a real good side. I really like them”

“Given our form at the moment, people might think an ‘Upset’ could be on the cards.”

“Wilder says he’s expecting to make maybe 2-3 changes, so this will be tough.”

“An intriguing game where both managers are set to make changes. They are a decent side who have made their mark in the premiership in their first season who can give anybody a run for their money home or away. Their big dilemma is do they sacrifice a place in the fifth found when there are bigger riches to gain from a higher position in the league and a possible Europa League place. Sadly, as glorious as the FA Cup was in the past it now only offers small change for Premiership clubs.”

“I hope we don’t progress, I like our league form too much to risk injuries!”

“Save players like Jed ,we got more chance of winning the league than the cup”

“Unlike other seasons we’ve got other interests and right now for me the cup isn’t as attractive as last season, when it was a diversion from league reality.”

“I couldn’t give a shit about the cup this season. I usually love it, but I’m not even going Saturday. We’ve been spoilt with the cup in recent years, all I care about this season is the league”

” I don’t think Sheff Utd will play their first team but Rowett might also have in mind that we are playing Leeds on the following Tuesday.”

“The ideal scenario is a weakened team told to play their arses off with pride for the club and only just lose, so everyone’s impressed and we don’t feel like we lost really, then go and grab a dream result Tuesday night, that’s the one I’m bothered about.”

“Leeds will have had nine days rest to our two, i’d say that’s quite an advantage”.

“A chance of the play offs or getting hammered by a premier team in the latter rounds and squad fatigue/ injuries. Hmmmmmmmmn let me think about that”

“We can’t rest many of our team.
We don’t have that big a squad.”

“The way i see it, its a game we can win even if they play a full strength team, plus a bit of money if we progress. Obviously avoiding injuries would be a massive bonus, beat Sheffield United and going into the Leeds game our confidence will be sky high, the last thing we want is a draw, then have to go back to their ground for a replay..”

“Strongest side out & have the intention to win. Otherwise dont bother selling tickets and forfit the game.”

“The way things are going, means every player will be up for both games & rightly so.
Play to win or dont bother!
We can beat Sheff Utd on Saturday & go into Tuesday doing the same.”

“Let’s hope Sheffield put the reserves out”

“We have been playing well of late and we have a chance to progress by beatin at least 6 first teamers but we will show no fear and knock them out “.

“Northern tramps, we will beat em,and then we will go onto beating the cheating savile loving shit eaters. Fact”

“lets piss on the yorkshire Twats”

“Yorkshire week for Millwall so the plan is Go in the away end against Sheffield United
pull a bird and go back to Sheffield with her. Stay at hers all week going to Leeds
midweek and Sheffield Wednesday on Sat. After taking me home she’ll feel like she’s won after
Millwall win. “

“Brush up on Dee dar speak”

“Ay up lad is that ground tother yonder see thee Tha can have me sister but not me Hendersons”

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Pre-Match View From Man City

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“I do not want to harp on about VAR but Sheffield United have had more than their fair share of being on the wrong end of VAR decisions, but I hope no such controversy occurs tonight as City visit Bramhall Lane with an odd kick-off time dating back in the day when this was a normal time to start an evening match, such is the power of TV Mogul companies like BT Sport, I am surprised that the game is not split into quarters so they can have adverts mid-match.
Sheffield are having a great season being back in the top flight and are playing some exciting football without having spent mega amounts of money a relatively small amount which comes nowhere near the amount e.g. spent by the Merseyside Club which paid for their centreback”

“Going to be a tough game especially with their brilliant home support. I just don’t think we have the mentality for a physical battle.”

“This is going to be a really really tough game.”

“Think we’re really gonna struggle here.”

“They doing quite well for a promoted team, and pretty good vs top teams as well. Fans will be up for it they know our defence can be caught very easily with some long balls, counters, set pieces. Problem is if the lesser PL clubs like Sheffield, Palace, Wolves, Norwich know this and punish us so often what the hell is our plan vs Real Madrid which should be priority we have one month to improve seriously until we play them.
I expect a very close game”

“The kid Norwood is some player.
Been impressed every time I’ve watched Sheff Utd.”

“I like Fleck. He has poise”

“Fleck is a top player. “

“The United kid they have is the future of England’s goalkeeping”

“Not going to win the league and could probably accept a draw in this one”

“tactically they are still impressive but the execution hasn’t been there recently. They’re probably feeling the effects of not being able to rotate their squad much over the Christmas fixtures”

“Sheffield looked half decent against us. We still beat them”.

“So we need to win 10 of our 15 remaining league matches to guarantee top 4, assuming all the rivals for that win all their other games? We still have Sheffield, united, and spurs to play, so good to win those especially. Be good to have those 5 games of points ‘in hand’, especially if we make cup progress.”

“Several more changes again as is the norm”

“Sheffield away game seems much harder than Palace and best players will play there”.

“It will be a tougher match than Saturday”

“Strongest side at Sheff Utd, change v Fulham, then kill Utd.”

“Stones is injured.”

“To be fair it would be hard to notice the difference with the useless sod.”

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Pre-Match View From Arsenal

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“So in theory, this should be fairly straight forward. Sheffield United are really looking decent this season but we’re at home and seem to have a fresh approach about us under Mikel.”

“If we win this we’ll climb to 1 point behind Sheffield United.
Never thought I’d ever say that. “

“Would take a point.
We’re in a dreadful time”

“Bit of 6 pointer really if we have any designs of finishing higher than mid table.”

“Really we should win this. We have the much stronger team on paper. Arteta will have had all week to train with and prepare the players for this game and we’re at home.
BUT they are a very well organised side, deservedly sitting high up in the league and we’ve struggled to create many chances against much worse. Plus no Auba to bail us out by taking one of the few chances we create. Doesn’t bode well.”

“They are in pretty good form and will cause us problems. We’re conceding for fun and barely scoring and now Auba is out.”

“This is tough even if at home Sheffield will keep defending deep and try to hit us either on counters with Auba is out it’ll be more difficult for us to get goals need Pepe and Laca take responsibility.

“without Auba and with Sheff U’s tight defence i think it could only be a draw”

“We won’t score more than 1 without Aubameyang”

“Extremely well organized side. Does their basics very well. Table doesn’t lie.
I don’t think we are going to create a lot of chances against a team like this. Key is to take every chance that comes along. And for that reason, Auba missing is going to be a huge factor. The rest of the forwards are far less incisive.”

“Not type of game that we need atm.They’re decent in defence and can be very tricky opponent.”

“Weirdly confident about this one.
They have been nothing short of brilliant this season and aren’t just a defensive team, they can play some good stuff at times.
Got a feeling Luck might start to change for us”

“Will be a tight, close and physical game.”

“They are hard to play, physical team. We should not play Özil in this”

“No Auba, no Kolasinac or Tierney, no Torreria.
Two of our best players out.
Not ideal but no excuses here, we still have Ozil, Lacazette, Martinelli and Pepe ……… if we can’t get goals with that then the players need to have a serious hard look at themselves.”

“As long as we score 3 goals in the first half hour, we’ll win this”

“United is about to feel the wrath of Arteta. This might be the game where Laca will step up and be counted when it comes to scoring goals. 4-0 to the Arsenal. Obviously, I’m saying all this in vanity without acknowledging how well organized they have been this season. Oh well.”

“Think we will plow them. Will do the team good to not have auba on the wing. Though I wish he could play and laca on bench”

I’ve been surprised how well Sheffield Utd have kept up their off the ball movement and pressing systems.

“I thought they’d fade away a little but they seem to have gone from strength to strength. Been in every game they’ve played this year, City away was possibly the only time they’ve been hammered.”

“Sheffield Utd were awful away to Liverpool and there’s no chance they’re gonna rock up here in a similar vein. It’s up to us to make them look like what they are- an ordinary team. “

“Very impressed with Sheffield United too, deserve to be where they are.
Kinda annoyed that these days football seems to be all about “pressing”, “work rate” and “running” though…any useless **** can do these, I want to see things on the pitch I can’t do.
Who cares about all these useless forms of basically exercising…football should be about the artistry, the technique…the mavericks that get you out of your chair…”

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Pre-Match View From West Ham

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“Friday night in Sheffield .No trains back, and nowt to eat or drink save a greasy chip butty and a gallon of magnet.
Probably a game for over 18’s only.”

“Well up for this one on a Friday night, new ground, under the lights and a bit of angst between the 2 clubs, should be a cracker!”

“Sheffield Utd are a hard working energetic side who defend and attack as a team and as Manchester United have found , they don’t give up and keep going to the end . On paper they look like a bunch of journeymen Championship footballers but Chris Wilder and his Scouts have brought together a Squad of players capable of competing and doing well in the Premier League .
To get all three points we’ll have to be at the top of our game – Leicester City , Southampton , Liverpool and Newcastle have all beaten them at Bramall Lane so it’s not unthinkable we can’t , we look a better side already under David Moyes so let’s hope the 100% record is still intact come Saturday morning .”

“Confidence should be up after two on the bounce. I’m going for a win here”

“Lots of people raving about them this season yet we win up there and we are 4 points behind them despite the awful run we’ve had.
The one good thing is that you can be certain that Moyes will have a game plan – hopefully its to attack the game the same way we did Bournemouth as I think this is winnable. I think Sheffield will be favourites which does us a favour IMO. “

“Don’t really see why a lot of people in the media are creaming themselves about Sheffield United. Admittedly I’ve only seen them 3 times on the box, twice against the scousers and against us, and I’ve been completely underwhelmed by them.”

“This is where, I think, we will find out if it was right to bring Moyes back. Get a result here, and myself and many others who were sceptical will start to believe in him.”

“We are going to have to work our socks off for this. But Sheffield aren’t just up there because they run around a lot.”

“Not confident for this one, fear it a lot less than I did two weeks ago but they’re well organised and while the previous two wins are much appreciated, I do think the results do not reflect the full context.
Found myself somewhat rooting for them in some games, mainly due to Wilder, his post interview after the Liverpool game I found refreshing.”

“Seen a couple have mentioned the have lost their last two in the league, but those being against Man City and Liverpool away so very difficult to read anything into that. Prior to that a draw against Watford, which isn’t terrible given their resurgence.”

“a big upgrade in quality of opponents for moyes. a good team on form and winning. can we produce a good performance and get a draw up there.
crowd will be hostile and the tackles flying in. a fully committed team who will run all game. unlike Bournemouth who are on their beach !”

“If there’s one place I want to come away from with 3 points this season its the Blunts.”

“Pretty much a “must not lose” game not because of positions of where we are but because its Sheffield United.”

“Moyes can make himself a cult hero by putting a team out that beats these twats. Would be a really special victory especially after the Tevez debacle.”

“I have a very specific request for the outcome of this match.
We must only win by one goal. But that goal must come in the sixth minute of stoppage time after the board shows only four should be played. There should be no explainable reason for this such as further injuries etc. They must also have had three stonewall penalties turned away without recourse to VAR due to an electrical failure within the VAR studio. Oh but that isn’t the only mistakes of the night, our injury time goal is scored by our Argentine player Lanzini, however our newly employed shirt man finds foreign names difficult and accidently spelt it Tevez.”

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Pre-Match View From AFC Fylde

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“All Fylde have to do is play like Liverpool last night, and they’ll be home and dry!”

“great draw for Fylde plus sheff utd will underestimate us so can defo see a replay”

“Last year they lost to Barnet at home, just saying”

“Lightning doesn’t strike twice etc. etc. Can’t see them making that mistake again to be honest I hope they show respect and field a decent team.”

“wouldn’t hold your breath on that team and unfortunately the size of the crowd, there game against Barnet didn’t draw a good crowd at all unfortunately”

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“We have been shocking lately”

“Clueless,no togetherness and devoid of any ideas.Would be a good bet next season to win the conf north league.”

“Easy 3 points”

“It’s been confirmed that VAR will be in use at Sheffield United on Sunday – making AFC Fylde the first non-league team to ever use the system. Let’s keep those armpits tucked in lads.”

“Got a better chance with VAR”

“Got to be in our favour as we probably will not get near enough to their goals for it to be used against us whereas Sheffield will be camped in our box and subject to VAR on a regular basis…”

“Cannot wait to have 93rd minute winner overruled because Rowes nose is offside”

“Effectively changing the way the game is officiated in the middle of a competition”

“Were taking 500”

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Pre-Match View From Liverpool

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“We are looking really good, sat on top of the table, but with a couple of tricky games against flying Wolves and now Sheffield to come, we have to keep picking up as many points as possible. Sheffield is another battle, we should pass, but after only beating them 1-0 away from a dodgy goal, any thing can happen…right?”

“another toughie. only a bad goalkeeping error allowed us to beat them earlier in the season.”

“I assume a lot of cryo therapy will be needed to recover for this one. Sheffield will be another tough opponent.”

“another tough game against a very impressive sheffield united, caught us all out. 3 points please by hook or by var, i don’/t care.”

“This will be a tough game.
Sheffield Utd are well drilled and honest.
Just get the job done and move on.”

“Wolves came to frustrate and did it really well, looked good going forward too. Expect the same from Sheff Utd”

“A tough team to beat (i like them) but a new year, new decade and new dawn of LFC dominance so we should get the win”

“Tough one this, important to get an early goal in this one I feel.”

“Another big, tough game but again thankfully at home.
I think it will be another win for us, and most likely another nervy finish.
I expect Milner, Origi and Keita in for this.”

“Big changes as want first team fit and firing for Everton and Spurs.”

“I hope we go with our strongest line up against Sheffield United & make the changes for Everton. SU are a top side & have given everyone a game, we saw how good they were against us in September. Only their first defeat away from home yesterday”

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“Napoli , Man united and Sheffield United are the toughest 3 sides we have played this season”

“It’s going to be a difficult game, that’s for sure.”

“Amazing how many, “Tough”, games we seem to have coming up, seems every one is this.”

Goes to show even more how incredible our team is that they have won 27 of the last 28 given how tough the opposition are.

“It’ll likely be a slog but I can see us turning it on again.”

“Tough test against another well drilled team. Although I think we come out on top comfortably.”

“We’ll win again, another tough game for our opponents.
Plucky side but we’ll have way too much for these and should win comfortably, barring a below par performance from us, in which case it’ll be only 2-0 to us or something.”

“I think we’ll pummel them.”

“We were much better last match against them
I see an easy 3 points”

“Sheffield United had their chances against City. Very brave team & defensively strong. The ref really screwed them over on the first goal. Won’t be easy on Thursday”

“Just seen Man City v Sheffield Utd highlights.City fans crying abt Liverpool having VAR in its pockets while refs are providing hockey assists for them.”

“Sheffield Utd were well & truly robbed of a great result vs Man City”

“Sheffield United have had some ridiculous decisions gone against them this season”

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Pre-Match View From Man City

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“They are very decent for a promoted club especially with their squad. No danger of relegation at all. with some luck results and a win they could go 4th this weekend. I guess they are living the dream and they didnt expect at all that after Christmas they will be closer to 2nd place than 18th place.
The games I seen from them, quick, in your face type of attacks, lots of clever crosses, big danger from corners, freekicks, solid defence given their lack of quality names, well everything is given for them to catch us unless we are aware and showing some urgency.
This Wolves/Sheffield looked a tricky set of games couple weeks ago just after Boxing Day, lets hope at least 3 points will be made now.
We play away to them already on 21st of January. I am pretty sure we wont take all 6 points off of them. They are certainly much more solid than the shit Norwich who beat us.”

“Just what we need after an energy sapping match with 10 men.
Sheff utd are a great team, they are loving playing the big boys, they just seem to be stuttering against the so called lesser teams.
If we get something against these with the predicament we find ourselves in currently then I’ll be chuffed
Should be a cracker of a game, tv companies might have dropped a bollock not putting this on”

“If we don’t win the game within the first half hour we will lose this. That took a lot out of the players tonight and many of them will have to play again on Sunday so the longer the game remains a contest the more disadvantaged we are.”

“After last nights poor showing this is exactly the sort of team we don’t want to play. They will fancy their chances against our weak defence”

“It’s going to be a very tough game this. They are a good side”

“A young, hungry team with an extra day’s rest. Can’t think of many teams I’d rather not face than the Blades tomorrow. We were so poor defensively against Wolves I can see us being turned over again”.

“SU will employ same tactics as Wolves. As much as people think we will win, they’re where they are because they’re not shit. If we don’t sort this comedy out we will be freefalling down the table. We seem unable to keep or pass the ball to each other, Mahrez needs dropping, bring in Foden for some energy. As much as I’d like us to win 3-0 I can’t see it, it will more than likely be 1-2 SU, unless we can actually play football instead thinking we can just turn up and expect to win. Teams are now wise to how we play and set up accordingly.
If they attack and shoot, they’ll score, I’ve seen a pub team defend better than us at the moment”.

“Going to be difficult to lift ourselves from tonight, with the players knackered and our first choice keeper suspended. The title is long gone so hopefully Guardiola will mix it up a bit.”

“This game has banana ski written all over it , i could never bet against our club but 14/1 is worth a punt , Sheff Utd are high energy , pressing team and are tireless , they have played at least ten less games than us this season and have had more rest from their last fixture”

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“going to be the third team we’d play in this busy who will give everything they’ve got against us and then go on to play the scousers next with a day less rest when playing them … and yes while they play us they’ve had one day more recovery time than us (while we were also down to 10 most of it) …
It’s either going to be City 5 – 0 Sheff Utd OR City 1 – 2 Sheff Utd”

“They’ve gone almost a full year without losing away – longer run than Liverpool even – so it won’t be easy.”

“This is going to another slog. Sheff utd are organized and dogged. They love the wings which should help us more as our weakness is right through the middle.
Not confident. I think we’ll draw.”

“Atmosphere could be a strange one.
If we don’t break them down in the first half it could be a frustrating evening. From what I’ve seen of them this season they defend really, really well in numbers and they could really frustrate us.
Stick your mortgage on McGoldrick ending his goal scoring drought. When was the last time he scored a goal?
I wanna say 4-0 and a solid response from tonight.
But if we defend anything like we have been doing this season we won’t keep a clean sheet against a pretty physical side in Sheffield United.”

“it’s gonna be tough, they haven’t lost away from home yet either. At least aguero and Jesus will be rested and foden could come in to add a bit of energy to the midfield.”

“I can see us really struggling in this one. They have an excellent away record, a good system and are in great form. We’re going to be exhausted having played almost 80 mins with 10 men and our confidence will be shot having blown a 2-0 lead plus we have less than 48 hours between matches. Finally our reserve keeper will play who has conceded 6 in his only 2 league appearances this season”.

“Anything is possible with Bravo in Net.
Teams know if they attack us there is a high possibility they will score.That is the sad reality these days.”

“Clownio will concede at least 2 against these. If they shoot, they’ll score.
As long as we score 1 more than they do, it will have to suffice. We are absolutely comical in defence at the moment.”

“We could play as we did against Burnley and Leicester, and smash them. Or we could lose abjectly, as we did against the rags and last night. Or we could draw. We’re inconsistent, like everyone else, except for one team, which is going to win the league at a canter.”

“We are at a point where I just haven’t a clue how a game will unfold. It might be that Sheff Utd think they can go toe to toe with our present crisis. I don’t think we will replicate the couple of brainfarts that gifted Wolves a couple of goals, but, there again, yer never know!”

“Im sick of hearing about our players being tierd because they have just played a gamr,poor little things !
They are top proffesional footballers who get the very best pre and post medical treatment.
The more they are told they are tired the more they believe it.”

“I think we will smash them tbh . We will have one big point to prove and dismantle them with ease”

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Pre-Match View From Watford

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“Sheffield United are surely the surprise package this season and are sitting pretty in 5th place with 28 points. We are sadly languishing at the bottom, 6 points from safety.
Sheffield Utd will certainly be looking for the win, but should be wary after our last two games., During pre-season Chris Wilder actually infused all of his players with the finest Sheffield Steel. Think Wolverine but a bit more steely.
This has largely been attributed as the cause of their rise up the table.
Interestingly some players have also taken on other abilities similar to Wolverine. Most famously Billy Sharp can sprout Sheffield Steel butter knives out of his hands. It is for this reason he is called Butterine. This means he isn’t as dangerous as Wolverine, but is much more yourself at breakfast time to get the squads toast buttered quickly, freeing up more time for training.”

“Must win game. So important to show the MU result wasn’t a fluke. The impact for the rest of the season on morale and self-belief of another win vs a defeat can’t be underestimated.
2-0 to SU.”

“Boxing day is crucial; get another win and we’ll transform the season.”

“I’ve just looked at their recent results and they’ve had a remarkably easy December – Wolves, Newcastle, Norwich, Villa, Brighton and now us.
Could they have been sweetly lulled into a false sense of security by this feast of mediocrity, ready to be rudely awakened by a fired-up Deeney’s incredible bulk pinballing around their back four?
Probably not. A draw would be good.”

“The win against Man U simply has to be the catalyst of a good run with Sheffield United and Villa to come over the next few days. Both will be difficult but winnable and we need minimum four points but six would be mighty handy”

“Pearson is already making me eat my words and long may it last. He is squeezing every little bit out of the players. It’s like watching a different team for me. The disastrous appointment of OSF is really at the forefront now. Just hope the displays over the last four matches are here to stay because its shown what we’re really capable of with the right man in charge. Boxing day is going to be a massive fight but one I’m looking forward to. Let’s hope we start the way we have been and dig out another result”

“Since Nige has come in we look so much better. We are closing the ball quicker, battling so hard from front to back, tackles are crisper and more importantly the players are playing their normal game, move the ball around, go forward with crisp, quick passing. Capoue showed some great touches and skill today – he wasn’t doing that under QSF. That shows that Nige is giving them clear instructions and confidence to play not just hang back and try to defend.
They look so different.”

“Didn’t we reach 4th after beating Liverpool in December 2015?
Sheff Utds moment in the sun will come to an end and it starts on Boxing Day.”

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“this is a game I expect us to get something from, or I hope we can. Sheff Utd are last season’s Wolves. Impressive, hard to beat and
under a good leadership. Going there is not easy task, and I expect a battle. It will not be the same calibre we faced at Anfield but pretty hard
to beat never the less. Anything we can get away from home will be a bonus, and nobody should be expecting us to up there and ease to a win.
They will see us as an easy win, despite our recent good displays, and we have to make sure we don’t roll over and all the good work so far
under Pearson is undone.
I would take a draw here, especially with Villa coming up two days later.”

“Confident of another win providing Pearson refuses to let our players go out on the pop. I hope he has strict guidelines on drinking this Christmas and New Year. We are bottom and the players need to take this season seriously. No time for them to put their feet up. Any player that gets wasted Christmas should immediately be fined and dropped.
Providing our players take is seriously then I actually think we will go there and thrash them 4-1. “

“Can’t see nothing but an away win. Let’s be honest we should have had two possibly three at home against the Blades. Remember we even had the negative Spanish kuk in charge. Honestly can’t remember if they even bothered Fozzie in goal because I was still furious at Grays miss.”

“We’re much better than 9 points from 17 games, but it is what it is. We have to prove we’re better than that, and do the talking on the pitch. I don’t think we’re as bad as the league table suggests. We’ve had some stinkers for sure, but in the main, we’ve been on the wrong side of fine margins. Yesterday that changed.
Staying up is still a tall order. Things have to go our way from now until the end of the season. But the harder you work, the luckier you get. They have to have this desire and application in every match now. It’s easy to be up from United at home, but Sheff Utd away and Villa at home are just as crucial. We need 4 points from those two at least. We certainly cannot afford to lose to Villa.”

“We lost last week away to the World Club Champions, giving them only a handful of chances, and we missed more chances than Flamengo created. Then on Sunday, we deserved to win, against a team full of top internationals none of whom actually managed to get the better of ours.
There is little doubt that we have the technical ability to be a mid table side. I certainly think our defence is good enough without more signings, and although we need a goalscorer, we may get by without buying in January.
Our problem has all been about attitude, belief and confidence”

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Pre-Match View From Brighton

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“A quirky stat.
All of Brighton’s previous 24 league meetings with Sheffield United have been in the second tier.”

“Whilst Sheffield Utd are doing well they seem to have had a easy time of fixtures can only remember them playing Liverpool & Utd at home”

“Oh come on, they have surpassed all expectations and done excellent so far, you can only do your best against what is in front of you, and that they have done and then some.”

“They drew away at Spurs, beat Arsenal and drew at Chelsea. As well as drawing with Utd and giving Liverpool a scare.
Otherwise, great point”

“I think a oppo team are due a hefty beating from us, it’s been coming and I think it will be Sheff United or B’Muff.”

“I think Sheff Utd are a very good side and well drilled. That said, so are we, and this could be the game it all comes together”

“Just seen Fleck is out, that is great news for us, I’ve been so impressed by him whenever I’ve seen him this season”

“SheffU are unbeaten on the road for ELEVEN months, as of today. Remarkable.”

“Their unbeaten away record has to end sometime”

“Their unbeaten away record must come to an end and we are due a ‘perfect’ game.”

“Can’t see us being the first side to knock out Sheffield Utd”

“Hoping for a win but only Liverpool and Leicester have conceded fewer goals than Sheffield so expect this to be a tight game. Wouldn’t be unhappy with a draw from this one but just have a bad feeling about this one and am concerned that with United’s physical style we may struggle. Hope I’m wrong.”

“Think Stephens will be back as feel he will be more suited to the Sheffield utd physical game which I think will be their way of stopping us playing. They will be looking to keep their run going and certainly won’t be afraid of us just like they showed against liverpool”

“Have you actually watched Sheff Utd play this year?
Warnock doesn’t manage them any more, they are the furthest thing from a physical team. They play free flowing, attractive football.
It should be one the games of the season.”

“These are a very good side.”

“Funny isn’t it ?….. when the fixtures came out , I suppose most teams were looking at 3 points at home to Sheff U . I know I was !! … they have done amazingly well .”

“Really looking forward to the game Saturday, Potter v Wilder is an interesting one! Hopefully we can inflict their first away defeat!
Sheff Utd have been almost unbelievably impressive this season!”

“the question does remain on how Potter tackles a possession based wing backs side similar to our own?
My guess is that he’ll set-up exactly the same as them and rely on us having better players. “

“Tight game but potter had them beaten twice last year so hopefully that’ll carry on”

“Both games (and wins) over Sheffield last year was a struggle in first half and complete domination in the others. Their CBs dont overlap a lot if they dont have the ball…”

“walk in the park”

“Think this lot are massively overachieving.”

“I think this will be a very difficult match. Not seen Sheff United to know if they any good or not? My pre-season relegation tip with Watford and one other club.”

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Pre-Match View From Aston Villa

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“Remember when we went to Sheffield last season and got dicked 4-1. Dark days they were. A reminder for us all to enjoy the ride.”

“Sheff Utd have a great support time to step up I feel we can batter this lot on our day but they won’t roll over like Norwich.”

“Sheff United lost to Newcastle and only got a narrow win against Norwich. We shouldn’t fear them.”

“I watched their recent game against the mighty Newcastle and at times they were made to look like a pub side. Brucie played his usual 5-4-1 and Sheffield didnt have a clue how to break it down.”

“Sheffield are doing what many Automatically Promoted Clubs do ( and well done to them) and starting well. One out of the 2 was bound to. And they will do what virtually all of the Clubs that do that, do, which is drop off. There are still 12 Clubs fighting the drop and they are one.”

“I think we will finish above Sheffield United this season”

“Yeah I was thinking Sheffield United were on about 25 points. Don’t think it’s beyond the realms we could be above Sheffield by middle of Jan although need to make sure we don’t lose there”.

“Chris Wilder’s done a great job but the wheels look to be falling off a bit in their last couple of performances. Lucky against united, lost to Newcastle, had to come from behind to win tightly against Norwich. We can and should get something from this.”

“Palace & sheff utd are both 7 points better off than us, we have scored 4 more than Sheffield & incredibly 9 more than palace have managed”

“This is a really interesting game on many levels. On one hand United are flying, so they’ll be tough. But on the other hand, we’re both promoted sides so it’ll be very interesting to see how we both match up and how we’ve both progressed from this time last year. Both sides will look at it as a decent opportunity to get points. We’ve shown we match up very well against bottom half sides, and while they’re not currently a bottom half side, I would regard them in any statistical model as being one that’s punching above its weight (to their infinite credit, so take nothing away). “

“Our squad is no worse than Sheffield united, it’s just they are drilled much much better, you can tell from there manages persona, he takes no shit. Smith on the other hand couldn’t even get Mings off the pitch when he did his hamstring??”

“the arrogance of us Villans thinking all our players are better than Sheffield Utd
Don’t get me wrong I think the same our players are better than theirs but Wilder wouldn’t want them as they are fairies compared to his team.
He said last season John Mcginn was the best midfielder in the championship next to Oli Norwood, None of us would rate Norwood but Wilder rates him better than Super John Mcginn.
The keeper is good albeit on loan, the fullbacks are better than ours and they have CB’s their fans think are better than Mings
Not my personal views but what Wilder and Their fans think.
They see this as an easy game, just like we do
I actually see their strikers as their weak link”

“Theyve had an incredible start to the season, I really like their refreshing approach and I think Wilder is top class. Ever since Snoddy bent that one in in the last minute and he had nothing but kind words toward us. Very similar to Deano in being a down to earth, honest manager. Probably because both love their clubs and wouldnt bullshit their own fans. The game itself is a test of character. You know you have to match them for fight and tactical discipline; then hope your quality will shine through. This could be season changing for us if we could do it. “

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“I bet Chris Wilder is seeing 3 points here and us as an easier team, just like some Villa fans think this is an easier game.
Wilder would take Mcginn and Grealish but he’d not see the rest as an improvement on what he has and that is the harsh truth.
We don’t see it like that but in Wilders world, he certainly would, there isn’t a pussy in his side and we have several when the going gets tough they aren’t up to a battle and a battle it is going to be first and foremost.
Wilder has 5 strikers (not any good)he interchanges when they run out of steam we have Wesley who doesn’t ever get up to steam,
Strangely we think we are the more attack-minded side They signed 3 strikers in the summer we signed one
Deano must know this and know what’s coming but can he swallow his pride and change tactics to counter it of does he give it the big I’ll do it my way?
There are a lot of similarities between Deano and Wilder both have don’t it the hard way and both are managing “their “clubs, both are loved by the fans but Wilder gets more out of his players than Dean does which is why they are above us”

“It’s a tough game, no under estimating it. Coming into this season I thought Sheff Utd were going to get found out at the back but they’ve improved immensely and don’t look like they’ll be in any danger as it stands. I do think they’ll slow down as the season continues but they have form and momentum. A lot we can learn from them tactically.”

“Very difficult game this. They come flying out of the blocks at home and their work rate is manic. Can play a bit too.”

“I think this will be amongst the tough ones we have just had.
I look how they play and I look how we play and I think, we will be in trouble if we play as we have been.
Newcastle came and did a job, we are not capable of doing….and further more a job the fan base don’t want us to do.
I would take the draw now, but I think Sheff Utd’s effervescence and intensity, will be too much for us…..we have too many players struggling.”

“I’m fearing the worst for this one.”

“when the Sheffield centre halves come bombing forward (lets face they won’t need to mark Wesley) we are going to be all over the shop”

“Sheffield Utd have a unique style of play with the over lapping centre backs. They aren’t the long ball team some people label them as. With the wing backs pushing up we will likely get outnumbered in the middle again, so I’m hoping we have a plan to counter that”

“Honestly, I am not bothered about the outcome of these matches against teams that are clearly better than ours. The real test is against those that are looking likely to go down.”

“This is just about the last game I want us to play right now”

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