Pre-Match View From Aston Villa

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“This is a must win game”

“Have to get 3 points here.”

“Just noticed they will play Monday, Thursday and Monday. 3 games in 8 days for the first week of the season .Welcome back”

“This is a really good opportunity to start the season with a win, especially when you think we play Fulham the week after. We could potentially get 6 points from the first two games. I’m not going to predict a win though, we’ll have to see how it pans out”

“We should win, but I said that about 38 times last season “

“Sheffield were abysmal against the Dingles in the opening round. Will they ‘do an Ipswich’ by over-achieving in their first season and morphing into relegation fodder this time around?
Maybe.”

“One things for sure. Sheff Utd didnt look great against WolvesCan you imagine the uproar on here if we went into a season with McGoldrick, McBurnie and Sharp as our strikers?”

“I think Sheff U will struggle this season and anything less than 3 points is disappointing”

“I don’t think Sheffield are going to have a good season at all, winning this one could be key come the end of the season if we do end up in a battle down there again.”

“We need to beat teams like Sheff Utd. No doubt they will be around the bottom 3 this season”

“ As I said at the time, Sheffield aren’t very good. They do put in energetic performances, apply pressure, but we should be able to cope. “

“Sheffield United are not the same proposition they were when riding on the crest of their promotion wave before lockdown. They were pretty poor after the restart and haven’t really bought anything worthy of naming. To the point Wilder is pointing fingers as to how unfair it is that we can pay what we did for Watkins.”

“This is the financial fair play problem playing out in our favour for once. Their wage bill is destructively too small and they can barely increase it year on year because it is so small. We came up for a large wage bill by Championship standards, increased it significantly last season and now that gives us even greater breadth to increase it again this season.
The rules are a complete joke, and it may be unfair but we’re also operating within the bounds of what we’re allowed to do. We can’t compete with Everton, Shef Utd can’t compete with us, its a funny old game. “

“The thing about them is they need everyone to be right on it for the whole thing to come together. No disrespect to them but they are a team that are greater than the sum of its parts. The danger for this kind of team is that it only takes 1 or 2 to not work as hard or as diligently as they did last season and the whole thing falls apart. See it in sport the whole time when a team has had a good season. Ego. Complacency. It’s dangerous. Infects a place.”

“I think Sheff Utd will be fighting relegation this season, although they look the well drilled, organised type that will survive. They looked poor against Wolves, but I can’t say I was too impressed with us last night either (obviously will be a different midfield on Monday).
Should be a tight game and no doubt they will be looking to kick Jack up in the air from the first whistle.”

“Part of me thinks they massively over achieved last season and they’ll now find their level in the bottom 6.
But on the other hand they do seem to have that never give up mentality. “

“If we keep things tight as we did after lockdown we can stop them scoring. We have enough now to score against them. good chance of a win.
Hope DS remembers to drill it into them what to do after they put their boots on. Sheffield will try for an early goal and if we’re not tight they will get one.”

“Got to be at them, and also not relax at any point. Despite them losing the other day, they never let their heads drop v Wolves and did keep trying. “

“I think we are in danger of talking Sheff Utd down. I’ll be ready for a tough, close game with a single goal between us.”

“I dont think they’ll fall any further than 14th I see them landing in and around 12th-14th places and pretty much being a fairly consistent figure in those 3 positions.”

“It’ll be a tough game, as Wilder will have them riled up as this is a key game as silly as it sounds with a team that will probably be around us, and the goal that wasn’t debacle last season. “

“Sky will be licking their lips for justice to be done after the blunted Blades missed out on the Ghost Goal of the century in our last meeting at Villa Park.”

“Do Wednesday fans get pissed off when other clubs fans call United, Sheffield? “

Pre-Match View From Burnley

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“Good draw for us, last pre-season game before Leicester.”

“Well at least it’s at home”

“Hmm! hardly the easiest tie, I guess both sides will field 2nd string line-up’s, due to it intersecting PL weekends.”

“Do we have enough players to do that!?”

“Just about as it stands, but the bench will likely be filled with kids again, their squad depth is no doubt better than ours, hence why I’d make them favourites to advance.
Most people don’t seem that fussed about this comp anyway, so they won’t lose any sleep if we go out early once again.”

“We should play a full strength team to beat Sheffield and then have an easier match in the 3rd round. Excellent chance of reaching the 4th!
Time to go for it!”

“Would not surprise me if Sheff Utd turn it on with their new batch of players. “

“oh well, we can concentrate on the league.”

“I have very little interest in this Mickey Mouse competition. Sooner we’re out, the better”

“After Sheffield’s excellent season,ambitious manager will go for a win,our manager has absolutley no interest in this and has little ambition in cup games”

“Last season sheff United bucked the trend for a promoted side, they did increadably well.
This season will be different, all three prompted sides with struggle as usual”

“Leeds could do a “Sheff Utd” of last season”

“Leeds will stay up. Liverpool, Spurs and Sheff. United may struggle to do as well as last season.”

“Sheff Utd going down this season. I just don’t think they are as good as last season made them out and may struggle if they don’t start well. “

“Wilder is a top manager, Sheff Utd won’t be anywhere near the bottom imho (I’ve been known to be wrong nearly all the time though !)”

“we are in a state of limbo and a position where they are unable to compete for some of the players pursued by rivals such as Sheffield United, Aston Villa and Newcastle United. “

“Sheffield Utd, Palace, Brighton, and a few others have made good purchases”

“Championship clubs are feeling the pinch just like we are. Example being the two Derby full backs who went to Sheff Utd for less than £15m combined when Derby were reportedly asking for that figure for just one of them (Bogle) around 12 months ago.”

“Sheff Utd are willing to pay more than us”

“Sheffield United are owned by Saudi Arabia, we’re not.”

“Sometimes it’s easier for the clubs on the rise like sheff United to sell the excitement of being the place to be.”

“none of sheffield united’s new signings look good enough to make the first XI”

“With Seffield Utd increasing their squad with players likely to be in the starting 11 or around it, there may be some players become available. One is John Luscomb who I have been quite impressed with this year in the PL.Has 12 months on contract and apparently not signing, plus I suspect well in our wage range. I know he is 30 but he is more athletic than our 3 current midfielders and harder to knock off the ball, and looks very fit. Reminds me of Scotty Arfield at his best and has goals in him. Definitely a Dyche player. A two year deal, the option of a third for the club to activate him might get him. I can just see one of the promoted clubs going for him if we dont”

“John lundstram who is 26 plays for sheff utd
John luscombe who’s 30 I can’t recall seeing turn out for sheff utd”

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Pre-Match View From Wolves

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“It’s so weird to think our season starts on Monday and most of our squad haven’t reported back for training yet. It’s also going to be extremely odd going in to the season having had no pre-season matches etc. I’m expecting a very slow start to the season in terms of pace and sharpness. Other clubs have had weeks to prepare and I worry for us on that front. I think I read Liverpool were off to Austria on pre-season training a week after we finished our Europa League campaign – how can you compete against that?! Anyway, unprecedented times etc.”

“I think we’ll probably lose due to being undercooked/stitched up by the PL”

“It’ll be a day short of 5 weeks without as much as a friendly for most of the starting 11. Difficult to see how they won’t be rusty”

“as it stands our starting 11 is certainly weaker than last season but our bench and (more importantly in my view) our potential is so much stronger.”

“Currently on the raw face of it I feel like Wolves and Sheff Utd both have weaker starting 11s than during the last match up. Them through having a much worse keeper, and us through losing our starting wingbacks.”

“One thing I am mighty relieved about is having Sheff Utd first game of the season, they play a very unusual style with overlapping centre halves, Guardiola even said he had never seen such movements on a football pitch before and I think this caught a lot of teams out last season, having had time to study them and us in particular having more time than most in the lead up to this game I hope it gives us an advantage, although maybe they benefit in the same way I guess.
Can’t see them having as successful a season this time though mainly due to their forwards but they were brilliant last year.”

“I think Sheffield will struggle this season. They don’t realise how much Henderson will be missed. We should be good for at least a point”

“Like last year six will struggle Albion, vile, West ham. Newcastle, Fulham and one surprise possibly sheff utd or West ham”

“if Wilder can get Sheff Utd there [or almost, fell off at the very end], I’m sure Bielsa can do it”

“us and sheff u funishing well has put pressure on any organised decent team that comes up. Pressure from media and fans. Good!”

“I’m still hoping we can win this….even if Traore is at rwb. While he’s no Jonny, I don’t think Vinagre will let us down at all, rest of our team is just better man for man than Sheff ( no disrespect intended for them)”

“Safe to say Adama is in the box seat for RWB on Monday – which probably isn’t a bad thing against Sheff Utd”

“Sheff utds strength is overloading the wings which could expose traore but hopefully he has them on the back foot.”

“Don’t see how Nuno can possibly start Marcal ahead of Saiss. Not been here long enough and no way do I want a 5’10” CB against Sheffield United”

“Marcal just played in a semi-final of the Champions League. We didn’t sign him as one for the future, or as a back-up. We signed him to play him.”

“Personally I would stick with Saiss for this game; I though sheff utd ended up winning the last game against us due to their height advantage at set pieces.”

“Sheff Utd aren’t the sort of team that I would throw in youngsters against, no matter how good they are.”

“With Sheffield United already having adequate cover on the left, it’s difficult to see how Max Lowe would fit into Wilder’s plans for the upcoming campaign. That’s unless, of course, the Blades end up sanctioning an exit for either Robinson or Osborn before the deadline.On the contrary, United can look to bring in reinforcements further up the pitch after scoring just 39 goals in the top-flight last season, which was among the worst scoring records in the entire division.”

“Ampadu is good business for them really, I’d have been happy for us to pick him up.”

“It can be hard to pull off a pink away kit but the Blades have managed to do it with their shirt for the upcoming season.
It’s a softer shade of pink than some clubs have opted for in previous years and really works well.”

“Is the away pub still the one opposite the station? ….oh wait”

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View From The Media

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A selection of quotes and predictions about Sheffield United for the upcoming Premier League season.

“The surprise package of last season, Sheffield United came close to European qualification in their first season back in the top-flight and our writers feel they are in for another solid showing this campaign.Chris Wilder moved quickly to replace goalkeeper Dean Henderson, who excelled on loan from Manchester United over the past two seasons, with the promising Aaron Ramsdale from Bournemouth already this summer. Savvy, no-nonsense business, but what else do you expect? Prediction: 11th”

FourFourTwo Magazine

Reasons to be cheerful: They’ve already shown they can adapt to the demands of Premier League football with the minimum of fuss. Why can’t they repeat that trick in 2020/21? The Blades lost some of their bounce after the restart but still showed enough to suggest they could punch above their weight once again this time around. The capture of Aaron Ramsdale looks astute business as Wilder works to fill the gap left by Dean Henderson.
Reasons to be fearful: Any creeping signs of ‘second season syndrome’ leading to a few grumbles from the more fickle elements of the Blades’ fanbase. Even if Utd fail to scale the same heights of 2019/20, a season of mid-table consolidation would still be a fine achievement. Wilder’s novel tactical approach rightly won widespread plaudits last year. He’ll know more than anyone the importance of not getting found out as he continues to fine-tune his squad.
Key man: Sander Berge
Prediction: 12th

Marathonbet.co.uk

“I predicted the Blades would stay up last season because of Chris Wilder’s management but a fully deserved ninth place was a wonderful achievement.Not sure the second season will bring such a high placing but still feel an outstanding manager will avoid any serious hazards. Prediction 14th”

Phil McNulty, BBC

“Prediction 8th”

Vinnie Jones

“The loss of Dean Henderson is significant, but in Aaron Ramsdale Sheffield United have signed the next best thing. He’s 22, he excelled in a Bournemouth team that gave him plenty of practice and he’s an academy graduate at the club so will take no time to settle in. “

Daniel Story, The I

“There is no doubting that Sheffield United overachieved last season and, while they deserve huge credit for that, it is also important to remember that their squad is still largely the one that got promoted from the Championship – with a few players left from the League One days too.
Chris Wilder has them organised in a way that they will be always difficult to beat and so we cannot see them suffering second season syndrome to its full extent, but it will be a struggle to replicate last season’s success and they may be closer to a relegation battle than a European one this time around. Prediction 14th”

Barney Corkhill, Sports Mole

“If McBurnie starts hitting the net more often in his second season at the highest level, then United should be in a better place. Still, buying another forward would increase their chances of taking their chances regularly. Prediction 11th”

The Guardian

“The Blades have added some lovely talents to their ranks completely under the radar. Derby full-backs Jayden Bogle and Max Lowe have arrived to reinforce the backline, while Aaron Ramsdale replaced Man Utd loanee Dean Henderson between the sticks. Chelsea hot prospect Ethan Ampadu is a versatile star to add into the mix.Chris Wilder is padding out an impressive squad with shrewd talents that should keep his beloved team safely in the top half. Prediction 10th”

Micheal Potts, Radio Times

“Will be solid at the back but lost Henderson. They still wont concede many but my worry for them as always is where the goals are going to come from because you can’t see the defenders chipping in with as many goals as they did last time. 12th, that’s where they are going to finish”

Football Social Daily

“Most people see Sheffield United dropping off from last season, but their approach is unique enough to continue to pose teams problems and they may be fighting for a Europa League spot again this season. Prediction 11th”

Vishnu Anandraj , The Football Faithful

“Sheffield United will be the biggest fall from grace. Chris Wilder’s side performed miracles last year but I’m expecting a dip this time around. Their form after the restart was mostly poor and I think they may struggle without the presence of a reliable goalscorer. “

Harry Diamond, The Football Faithful

“Season Prediction: 11th – Sheffield United overachieved massively last season and face a tough task repeating their 9th-place finish with other teams strengthening significantly this summer.”

Whoscored.com

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Pre-Match View From Southampton

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“And so to the last game, with the luxury of it hardly mattering. Who’d have thought it after 12 games (was it 8 or 9 points?) or after a certain Friday evening in October?
I’ll admit to having been slightly nervous on the restart to get to safety, with 40 maybe the target, but now 50 is totally possible and I hope we get there, not only for the total but to finish the season on a 7 match unbeaten run and carry the positivity and momentum into next season.”

“That away match at Utd feels like such a long time ago. Almost a different season.
A great relief winning that one. This one will just be fun. “

“I hope it will be a competitive game and Danny gets his hat trick. Let’s give Billy Sharp a very warm Saints welcome back to St.Marys. He did a job for us when he was here and for that we should applaud him. Three more points on Sunday then it’s off to the Costa del Calshot for a well earned break!”

“I had been looking forward to this as an end of season fixture hoping we’d be safe, and the prospect of a warm reception and ‘thank you’ to Billy Sharp.”

“We did that at Bramall Lane in September – sang his song when he was on the touchline warming up, and he came over and applauded us for it.
Then he did us a massive favour by inexplicably getting himself sent off late in the game. He’s still a Saint at heart.”

“When the fixtures were announced I was looking forward to this game and giving Billy Sharp the send off he deserved, shame we’ve been robbed of that opportunity.
We know what a well organised side United are, and with their mixed form since lockdown it could go either way. A win would be great for momentum but I’d settle for a draw and cement 11th place for the little extra bit of prize money.”

“The way they play should suit us, playing out from the back. Wonder if they’ll go full on 2010 Stoke like Bompey did.”

“They’ve had a great season but they’re still beatable, and hopefully they’ll have eased up by then. Still the age old problem of our home form against solid teams sitting back.”

“Not a lot to play for, Sheffield United have been very good at the back all season and tend to keep things tight, but hopefully this is an open game with plenty of goals to give Ings the chance of grabbing a couple and get the golden boot.”

“Can see a high scoring game, 3-2 to us…maybe them. Dunno
Nice to be able to enjoy the games at the moment. !”

“Heart: We’ll smash them 4-0, end on a high!
Head: We’re at home mate..”

“Sheff Utd are where everyone thought Southampton would be with decent investment. Fair play to Chris Wilder”

“No denying Sheffield United have had a good season following promotion, especially as I’d guess a majority of people (me included) had them relegated again, but it’s crazy to think we are one win away from finishing just two points behind them. “

“If the restart is anything to go by, the Blades could be well down there with Palace, Brighton and whichever of the bottom 4 no hopers somehow stays up”

“We win and could finish 11th on an upward trajectory, they lose and end up 10th on the downward trajectory.
If it works out like that, let’s hope it’s an indicator for next season as we cross paths.”

“to think we can still finish 11th and only 2 points off Sheff Utd who’ve had a miracle season and been in and around the top 6 for the majority of it! Crazy times”

“Sheffield United have got £5 million to play for because with the easy fixtures Arsenal and Burnley have got, anything less than a win for the Blades will almost certainly see them drop 2 places. I don’t know whether this means their owners will be offering them a special win bonus as an incentive.”

“Ironic that if we beat Sheff United on Sunday we would finish just 2 points behind them, when you consider how well they’ve done and they’ve been flirting with Europe all year that tells you how well we’ve recovered this season”

“11th place is at stake in our epic battle with Champions League chasing Everton! “

“Get 11th, finish above Smegerton, get 50+ points, remain unbeaten since lockdown, end the season on a high.
And the golden boot isn’t completely out of reach yet…(probably is for Long)”

“Every season when the fixtures are released, I find myself looking at the last game to see how winnable it is, should it come down to another relegation decider. Thankfully this is a relative non-event although it’d be nice to finish above Everton and their half a billion quid’s worth of dross.”

“Hope the crowd behaves so the players can do the lap afterwards.”

“If Southampton beat Sheffield United it will be the first time in their Premier League history that we have got 18/18 points from promoted sides.”

“A lot of teams will have similar ‘what ifs’ so these things even themselves out over the season. We are about where you’d expect a club of our size to finish: 12th. This is our 22nd top 12 finish in our 43 seasons in the top flight. Leicester, a similar-sized club, have had 21.
Our recent form indicates that we could do better next season. We are making good progress for the first time since Koeman left in 2016. Ralph is a great manager, who has inspired both the players and the fans. The aim next season has to be to qualify for Europe again, either through our league position or by winning a cup. It’s about time, we won another one and it looks like we might have the right manager and players to do it. “

” folks at the early season fans forum said they would be happy if we ended up 13th. Going to be a tough act to match this next season.”

“Should be looking to improve on it, not simply match it. Imagine if we played like we have since November for the whole season!? Only 3 more wins in the beginning of the season when we weren’t playing 4222 would have seen us competing for a European place.”

“a few more tweaks and i dont see why we cant do a wolves or a sheff united next season. i’m excited”

“Sheff United fans need to enjoy this. Makes me think of our lot a few years pushing the top six. Sadly I think many will be poached and they’ll struggle like we did”

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Pre-Match View From Everton

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“E V E R T O N, we’re Everton and we’ll be Everton forever, what an utterly depressing thought.
2 games to go and then we can put this utter eyesore of a season to bed.
Up next are the boys from Sheffield who have performed above and beyond this season and find themselves knocking on Europe’s door, good luck to them. “

“Make it stop.”

“another step closer to the season being over”

“Going to attempt not to watch this absolute farce of an event”

“The late push for Europa starts here. I hear rumours Chris Wilder has been playing a 7-2-1 formation in training, in anticipation of our bustling, attacking prowess. Should be a belter for those tuning in.”

“3 points would put Sheffield United back into 6th – they’ve got everything to play for and we’ve seen them work hard as a team to achieve an outstanding season so far.We can’t even get top half of the table mathematically.”

“Sheffield United have a Europa League place to play for and we have taken 2 points from a possible 12. We have not won there in our last ten visits.
Can see this being another embarassing performance like the Wolves game”

“ A stroll in the park for Sheff Utd. “

“Have to admit it Sheffield UTD look a pretty decent side , I hope some of the Everton players are looking at their team spirit , work ethic and the will to challenge and win “

“A team who defends well against a team who creates nothing
oh no”

“These will smash us. They have everything we don’t as far as the mental aspect goes.”

“Oh we are getting battered and bullied here”

“Sheffield United will run us ragged”

“The modern Day version of the crazy gang will batter us like a freshly caught Haddock.
We’ll be outfought in almost every department, I can’t see anything but capitulation. “

“I’m going to enjoy this purely because I want to see just how bad we can be. I want to see just how ineffective a PL midfield can be and I will be laughing at how little urgency a team can show in attack. This is where it’s got to for me now.”

“Watch us get absolutely played off the park by players we have never even heard of. Has the potential to be really funny this one. “

“Sheff Utd, a team full of fight, spirit and who will compete for every ball, sigh… “

“Wilder will have them up for it,even more so after seeing 2 sep interviews of his post match interview after the game last night were he is not happy at all”

“Sander Berge would run rings around our midfield on his own. “

“Sheff United have shown the value of a nuanced recruitment policy “

“Another team who has blown right past us and will smack us about “

“They have probably only blown past us for this one season, to be fair. “

“The way we’re all expecting to get tucked in by Sheffield United.
State of us. “

“teams like wolves and Sheffield United, there not much better, but they have effort “

“The blades looked as blunt as we were last night. A battle of two tired and demotivated scrappers. “

“People have been calling them ‘Sheffield’ and it really annoys me.
Its Sheff United “

“Jagielka to score on us
it is written in the stars “

“In the race for 11th, Southampton and ourselves both play Sheffield United and Bournemouth.
We haven’t finished lower than 11th since 2004. “

“In all seriousness, this will be another brutal pile of dump.”

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Pre-Match View From Leicester

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“Must win “

“I don’t think I can honestly dare to watch. No Ricardo, Cags, Madders, Chilly, potentially Kevin”

“They’ll bully us like they did with Chelsea. Our heads have gone.”

“Absolutely dreading this. They’ll bully us”

“What I do know after watching a fair few of their games this season is that they will run and tackle and fight a lot harder than we will and on that basis alone we will lose “

“I will be utterly amazed if we win this. Toothless bottle jobs vs. possibly the grittiest, most determined side in the division. After the Manchester clubs I couldn’t think of a worse team for us to face next. “

“You can see confidence is completely shot .Will be genuinely lucky to get a draw from this”

“As far as I’m concerned its a nailed on Sheffield United win, we don’t have it in us to react, and we don’t have it in us to pick ourselves up. We’ve not done it so far this season since the shit hit the fan, so why now? How many “wake up calls” do we need to kick start our form? Three absolute horror shows to finish on and we will lose all three, and we will lose badly too”

“Based on this weekend’s performances, this could get ugly. However, when is football ever predictable.”

“We are not going to have an easy game against the blades. They are a formidable opponent on their day!”

“These are too good for us, their players are fighting hard for a good finish”

“Not a chance we beat these lot. Come on, they’ve got everything we don’t.”

“This one could be embarrassing, which will teach me for giving my Sheff Utd supporting Mrs so much shit about how we are better than them. “

“I see them winning this by half time. This side can’t take pressure. Sheff United will be all over us. We will crumble. It’s happened every time this season. “

“Their wingbacks will run us ragged”

“They’ll out fight us and they are a genuinely dangerous side. We won’t cope with their physicality and quality of crosses and link up play on the wings.”
“mcgoldrick to get his first PL hat trick. any other player to score who hasn’t scored in the past few years for them.”

“I really like Basham”

“I like that McBurnie, he’d score goals anywhere.”

“If Sheffield Utd end up beating us then I’ll stand and applaud them. They have everything that we don’t, bottle, fight and passion, three elements that have got them to where they are. Look at their form since football returned, they started off appallingly, yet they’ve managed to bounce back because of the three elements I mentioned. Wilder possesses a backbone, his no nonsense style is what makes him likeable.”

“Sheffield are the 3rd best team in the country.”

“Got nothing but respect for Sheffield United and what they’re doing this season. I hope they make Europe this season, it’d be great for English football. We need to be at our best on Thursday”

“I’ve watched quite a bit of Sheffield this season really like how they play they play some really good football at times”

“It’s really, really difficult to dislike Sheff United.”

“Sheffield United merit a place in Europe ahead of us really. I wouldn’t begrudge it to them.”

“Just shows you how well we did to win at Bramall Lane, I recall a lot on here seemed disappointed to only win 2-1 & with the general performance that day against a newly promoted side. Should never underestimate an away win in the premier league”

“Sheff utd remind me of us in 15/16. Well organised, hard working and highly effective use of the ball. Mcburnie is their okazaki”

“Defensively perhaps but they don’t have the world class players that turn good teams into great teams. I think without Vardy Mahrez and Kante we would of been like Sheffield Utd this year in 15/16. “

“I don’t think they’re that good but I can’t see us winning. They’ll leave space for Vardy.”

“Morgan with the 2 lumps Sheffield u could make sense, but Bennett match fit. Maybe 3 5 2 again. Barnes should start too.”

“Actually, never thought I’d say this, but Wes should start against McBurnie.”

“Wes would probably deal with mcburnie better than any of our defenders.”

“If there was an opposition that Morgan could be ok with its probably Sheffield United. He might help with the physical stuff. Will have to be centre of a back 3, Evans might be more comfortable on the left hand side too.”

“We should be playing the 3 centre backs against these. They aren’t going to expose us for pace like Arsenal did.”

“I see Sheffield players the same as Burnleys. I’d be weary of signing any of them as they simply just play well as a group and make each other look good.
wouldnt be confident any of them could perform as well at another club”

“If (IF) we play to our abilities we will beat Sheff Utd and Spurs. “

“Hopefully Vardy’s strong dislike for Sheffield United is worth a couple of goals!”

Pre-Match View From Chelsea

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“As everyone will note, this match has the potential to be difficult. Back in March, I looked at this one as a real tough place to get three points. The lack of home fans in attendance is a help.”

“Sheffield United suddenly becomes a much harder game after they’ve turned over Spurs and Wolves in consecutive games. They have a real good chance of European football next season.”

“They are still fighting for Europe so definitely will be up for it.”

“The blades will know they have to beat us to maintain the hope they have for the CL spots. They have the foxes after us too. So know back to back wins could seem them cut the gap significantly.
Really dangerous game this. If we are not bang at it we will be punished.”

“This is a very tough game. Sheff Utd are ahead of Arsenal and Spurs so we need to treat this like we’re playing one of the best teams. I’m seeing odds floating about at 6/1 for a Sheff Utd win, which I think is pretty crazy given their form and our shaky defence.”

“Perhaps we should treat them like City and press not so far up the pitch so they need to come out a bit and then try and hit them on the break.”

“If there was ever a potential banana skin, this game is it.”

“I forgot Sheffield United were in the PL. They’re even above Arsenal and Tottenham, which is great but shows we shouldn’t take them lightly.”

“I really, really hope Kova can get fit for this. It’s going to be another battling opponent.”

“This game is going to be very tough. They have one of the best defense records in the league currently. And have have done well at home against bigger sides (beat spurs 3-1 drew to United 3-3, beat arsenal 1-0) so I’m pretty worried about this one. They are very good at aerial duels. Which seems to be a problem for us.”

“Blades have shown their quality and fantastic work ethic. They also have a really mean defence and are good on set plays..”.

“You have to respect the Blades – well organised, great work ethic, teamwork, solid tactics, setup works for their squad 3-5-2 and they go right to the end. We have to be on it and match their commitment and work rate and of course manage their set pieces.”

“Just finished watching the Sheff Utd game. We are going to have to ensure we do not let them get any set pieces or corners, they were dominating Wolves tonight in the air. I hate to think what they’ll do to us”

“We are the top 3 of goals conceded from set pieces sooooo”

“They are very good on set plays.Long day ahead for us in our game against them.”

“this is a very scary game, our own set piece defending can really hurt us. But I already feel it will be a great day.”

“I have watched their last two games and they were causing Wolves and Burnley trouble in the air. God knows what they are going to do to us.”

“They are a physical, in your face side. Chris Wilder will have his team extremely well prepared on our weaknesses.
We need our most physical players for this one. It’ll be a battle. Hopefully their exertions against Wolves will take a bit out of them”

“We will need to play much better than we did yesterday. Jorginho will be crucial to bring structure in the game, as their style is to cause anarchy.
I dont think they will knackered. This is like a new season in fitness terms, you get fresher by playing more.
Its somewhat amazing how they are in front of teams with three times more valuable squads. tbf i had not heard of a single one of their starters before. Their average age is 28 thats ancient compared to ours. Based on individual quality alone we should walk this so its important we dont get sucked in their messy game and simply stick to our gameplan, dont give them any space to breathe.”

“I think this game will be a lot easier than the Palace game, we dominated the first half in the fixture at the Bridge and ran out of steam in the 2nd half. Seems like we are far stronger now in comparison to back then whereas Sheffield appear a little more wobbly in comparison to the standards they set at the start of the season.”

“They won’t have faced a Pulisic in full flight, so we could get an early penalty.”

“Interesting to see that they only have 34 goals in 33 games. I’m sure we’ll find a way to help them out with that…”

“whoever has heart problems, refrain from watching this.”

“I’m putting a TV in my bathroom so I can watch this from the safety of my toilet.”

Pre-Match View From Wolves

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“It’s a huge game for our season, that’s for sure.”

“can’t wait for Wednesday when we regroup, get back into shape and compete against a team of hardworking players”

“We are better away than at home . They are better away than at home. This is a game we really must try not to lose. A point is fine but 3 is better.”

“I think the lack of crowd renders any comparison of their home and away form meaningless”

“I fancy us to do it. Spurs gave them the game in midweek.”

“They have improved their form since their first few games back but a good performance from us and I back us to win in what’s an important game.”

“We went 3-4-3 in the game at Molineux. Think we were the better team on the day then, wouldn’t be surprised to see us revert back to that.”

“We were all over this lot at the Mol but really struggled to break them down after their early goal.”

“We are a better team than them and I want us to have a real go.”

“PPG would have seen Sheffield United finish above us. Shows how shambolic it would have been”

“Funnily the way the Blades play means we will have more space for wide players to utilise, I just hope he doesn’t drop Traore buy have a feeling he will. Go 3 up front and hit them early as their CH’s go on their forrays up front”

“it’s obvious our defenders are going to have to be prepared to hit with lots of highballs, it’s the one thing Saiss abd Coady concern me with”

“Simply have to beat Sheffield to keep our top 4 hopes alive and that’s probably one of the toughest games to play right now”

“Tough game for sure. They are a tough side” “This will be a really tough game.”

“Sheff U will be very, very tough Wednesday, we’ve got to be better”

“Not looking forward to it. Will be very tight and arkward”

“A massive game on Wednesday. Sheff Utd showed what they’re capable of against Spurs. Think it’ll be a draw”

“try and convince me that VAR isn’t in place to help out the ‘Big 6’, we’ve had some shocking decisions this season, as have Wolves and Sheff Utd”

“Two unfashionable teams disturbing the old boys club that is the top six”

“I really like Wilder and I have a lot of time for Sheffield United and how they’re playing this season. Clubs like ours need to stick together and continue upsetting those at the top with our fresh, new and exciting way of playing. Change is coming!”

Pre-Match View From Burnley

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“We welcome the Blades to Turf Moor on Sunday hoping to reverse the 3-0 drubbing we received at Bramall Lane last November. A repeat of the 1-0 win we achieved against the Blades in the 2009 Play Off Final would suit for a variety of reasons. Not least of which is Nick Pope’s pursuit of the Golden Glove where he holds a narrow lead over Alisson of Liverpool, Ederson of Manchester City and of course Dean Henderson. Burnley are in great form having picked up 21 points in their last 10 League games. Sheffield United suffered two successive 3-0 defeats against Newcastle and Manchester United on the resumption before returning to winning ways with a 3-1 win over Spurs last time out. The Blades will probably stick to their tried and trusted system of three centre halves combined with overlapping fullbacks. For Burnley Jay Rod, Chris Wood, JBG and Robbie Brady have all returned to training. Of these I expect Rodriguez (if declared fit) to start up front with Vydra. The fixture may come a little too soon for the other 3 to feature. Jack Cork went off injured at Selhurst Park so Pieters may be asked to continue in the left of midfield berth.”

“Now a very big match!”

“I’m feeling optimistic for the next match. Sheffield have had an incredible season so far but it’s time for the Clarets to shine.”

“Hopefully with an extra few days recovery and they have a tiring game tonight we can get something”

“Dont worry about last night’s result
Spurs are already on the beach
We’re better”

“The blades going through a sticky patch, their boat has sailed I think for this season.”

“Blades are on verge of imploding ,if we have Jay and Cork back we’ll beat em but if we have neither it will be a fight to the death to get anything at all”

“Despite all the talk of the Blades losing their way, after that result they’ve gone back into 7th place, incredibly tight just 3 points between 7th and 11th, so anybody in that cluster who can finish the season strongly has a great chance of European footy.
Huge game on Sunday now, we need all 3 points”

“Well it’s Burnley v Burnley on Sunday. They reminded me of us on Thursday. I actually clapped McBurney off watching on my own. Impressive”

“I think Wilder will be pushing them for a strong finish”

“Sheffield Utd are a seriously good, well drilled team. Proof that money doesn’t totally dictate in the PL. You’ve got to admire them and Wilder.
If they are on their best form they will batter us.”

“it’s going to be a bloody tough game Sunday”

“I’ll predict we’ll be better than we were at their place, as we couldn’t be any worse.”

“After the disgraceful performance at their place I’m hoping we’ve done our homework this time and are prepared to make changes on the fly if needed.
We’re on a roll.”

“if Sheff Utd play as narrow as they did against Spurs then hopefully Wood will be fit and we can play McNeil out wide and maybe Jay or Vydra as a 10”

“Both teams now vying for a Europa League spot gives the game a bit of added bite.”

“They are a very hardworking side and won’t have had much of a break before Sunday,Wilder has done really well this season,should be a good game.But vying for a Europa League spot – do we really want to go down that road again? We have had enough trouble trying to put a squad together for League games.Leave that to the top 6.”

“I think that we could win this one. But I don’t really want us to go into a European competition unless we can bring another four or five decent first team players into the squad.”

“Will be good if we can beat em to get them back for last time and to show them they aren’t all everyone makes them out to be!
..but I’m not hopeful. They don’t have selection issues like we do, and we won’t have much home advantage with no crowd!
Would love to be in Europe again, if we can find the bodies. “

“It’s a question of who wants European football next season with a small squad”

“It’s a quick turnaround for the Blades, they only have 2 days to prepare for the game against us. If their not 100% on it on Sunday, then we need to be ready to take advantage.”

“it’s asking a lot for basically the same eleven players to win three on the trot, when the opposition will have five first team subs available to them.
Of course, I’ll be delighted if they do. Certainly, in the mood they seem to be in at the moment, they have a chance, but Sheff Utd are a bit better than Watford or C. Palace.”

“We aren’t likely to score more than 1”

“neither teams exactly prolific, and both have strong defences, so i wouldn’t expect a free flowing goalfest. Yes our squad is stretched, but hopefully the extra few days of preparation works in our favour, plus a couple of bodies back to bolster the bench at least.”

“OK, our lads have had a bit of a rest, but it’s still asking a lot for 11 or 12 players to win a third game on the trot against a team that will probably have five first team subs available.
Maybe our bench will be a little stronger than it has been recently, but it won’t be by much and if Corky is missing, probably not at all.”

“I predict a Michael Brown sending off after 11 minutes”