Pre-Match View From Newcastle

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“In this rare Thursday night Premiership game, I can’t see Bruce’s men “steeling” any points as Sheffield “forge” ahead & “press” on in their quest for a European place. Sheffield will have the “bar”set too high. In their well “galvanised” team. Newcastle will hand the games to Sheffield on a “plate” as Newcastles “slag” of a manager looks on helpless.”

“Tough game with their form.”

“They’re a much better team than us imho. Having watched them a few times this season, they’re so joined up with a clear system and game plan.”

“They’re seem like a genuinely decent team from the little I’ve seen of them, so away from home will be a tricky one.”

“they’ve looked really quite good from what I’ve seen. Can’t imagine how we’d get anything there”

“They play decent football, we will get carved open.”

“They are a much better team than us! they are so intense we will be blown away within the first 30 mins at their place”

“Same as what others have said I think they’ll be too organised and too aggressive for our counter style to work well against them.
I vaguely remember we were linked with their boss quite heavily over the summer. It’s a real shame we didn’t get him.”

“Wilder has really done a great job there. The whole club has great momentum at the moment.”

“A team with actual organisation and a perfect understanding of how they play in every single area.
The exact sort of team that exposes Steve Bruce’s clueless setup and instructions.
They’ll beat us as comfortably as Norwich and Villa did.”

“against teams that really make an effort to play a more intricate or precise style, which tend to be the better teams, our 11 men in the box tends to give them more problems and we can then end up nicking a result. The mid level teams that tend to have a more balanced approach that is more direct with decent organisation, make us look silly. Think we’ll get ran through worse than the Villa game.”

“Am done predicting what team will turn up. We’re capable of beating anyone in this league on our day but with a few good results, the attitude shifts and then back down to earth with a bump.
We haven’t had a captain in the team for a very long time now who would or could drive the other players on to better things. The manager certainly can’t”

“3-0 home win. Tactical plan and proper gameplan meets ‘slap em on the back and get em fired up’.”

“If we win this game I’ll rip my dick off and serve it alongside some cheesy chips in a Sunderland pub.
We are gonna get battered.”

“They haven’t lost in last 6 games, maybe they’re due one. But can’t see us getting anything, esp if we treat it like Villa game.”

“I think this will be worse than at villa”

“These are due a bad result, maybe we can fluke it here”

“Reckon we will win this. They like to play a high tempo pressing game but we will just sit back and defend until they get bored and make a mistake which Joelinton will punish with a clinical finish.”

“said I could see us losing to Man City, will say the same again here. NUFC are very up and down, more often than not we seem bewildered by the promoted teams. Villa, Norwich easily beat us, can see a repeat here but it depends which team turns up.
Not sure if Bruce was directly responsible for the pattern of play against City, but Shearer had it absolutely right – if you can quickly pass through City’s high press, you can exploit it. Sheff Utd are similar, it’s high work-rate, high press and again we just need to get it right between the lines and accuracy in attack. If we can just push up another 10 yards, we might be ok.”

“Everything points to a Sheff Utd win, so we’ll win”

“We’ve got a brilliant manager apparently and we’re coming into the game off the back of a superb draw at home. They’re nearly promoted so I’m fully expecting a thumping away win.
0-5. Minimum.”

“Had totally forgotten Steve Bruce used to manage these. No doubt it’ll be another warm reception for him like at Villa Park in recognition of the fine he work he did.

“Another club he walked out on at the start of the season.  Didn’t get enough $ after failing to get promotion the previous season.”

“I’ve captained Lundstram.
Should get at least one goal skipping past Shelvey in the process.”

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Pre-Match View From Wolves



“Sheffield United are unbeaten on the road so far this season. They won’t be easy opponents.”

“Sheffield United is are very difficult game”

“very tricky games indeed”

“This will be a physical match.”

“Sheff United – although they can play a bit – will be physical.”

“Sheffield Utd are a good footballing side.”

“They’re this seasons Wolves!”

“Give over. They’ll drop like a stone after Christmas.”

“There really not this seasons Wolves”

“They play great football, very well organised, good to watch and strong defensively, great manager too. Have you seen them this season?
Whether their squad can get them through the year is the bigger question, just as it was for us last year. The injuries on Sunday and the effect is a hint that perhaps they have issues there.”

“you could tell that one thing they have is confidence in their own ability, whether that will carry them through the whole season or not is debatable.
They were flying, and when they were two goals up, they just seemed to lose it completely, they were pegged back and then went behind. Fair play to them, they found enough confidence to come back again, yes confidence is important but there is no substitute for ability.
I feel we have much more ability.”

“We smashed sheff at home in champ when they used same tactics and mainly same players”

“Its weird because as someone noted we beat Sheffield United with roughly the same team at home and it was one of the easiest wins I can remember in the championship
Yet they look decent. I think its a lot of will over skill though. I dont agree about them comparing to us because we have genuine quality players who can graft a result when playing rubbish. They are following the footsteps of the great giant killers of the past, aka Wigan, Hull, Reading, Swansea etc etc”

“I knew Sheffield United would suprise people organised teams do well in the prem. Defences who leak goals don’t hence why Norwich are very patchy. They will get found out at some point they don’t have enough quality to sustain this … if they prove me wrong fair enough. We are an organised team who has a lot more quality. If our front 3 are on it we should win.”

“They are high performing on adrenaline, guts, and grift. Fair play to them, but as we can surmise, these things can only get you so far. They’ll have a great season, but they will drift the further it progresses. If I had to place money, I figure they’ll end up 9-12 in the final table. Second season is always the litmus test.”

“They look like an ok team playing with confidence to me, their defence is definitely a bit suspect, the second and third goals they conceded yesterday were shambolic, credit to coming back, but they looked very naive in the way they went from 2-0 up to 3-2 down. They won’t be in the relegation mix come the end of the season, but I don’t see them emulating what we did last year.
The only one I’d be a bit concerned by is Mousset, but if we deal with him (if he plays), I’m not too concerned about next week to be honest, we should have enough to beat them fairly routinely.”

“They tend to play Robinson as a left sided attacker which I feel will be more suited to Bennett due to his experience. I agree that Vallejo is poor and his confidence is shot.Would like to see Kilman get some FA cup experience if we draw lower league opposition. His chance will come but I think you need all the experience you can get against a Wilder side. He’s a strewd manager. Watched his Cobblers team walk the league.”

“They are doing well but the media love is in hilarious.
I popped onto an arsenal forum last night and there are quite a few rate wilder than Nuno. Bizarre”

“Robinson is pretty slow though and none of the sheffield united attackers have particularly good numbers so far. They have one of the best defences in the league so we need attacking intent and quality on the ball. To me Kilman has that over Bennett. Kilman has had 2 rounds of carabao cup against Champ and PL teams as well as EL opposition. He’s come out of those looking decent if anything sheffield United are a perfect test good football team but no real pace or outstanding individualy quality all about the collective with them.”

“Mousset and McGoldrick look quick and a real handful.”

“Good thing that neither of them can hit the side of a renault espace.”

“Mousset would disagree.”

“If Mousset scores 10 goals this season I will be very very surprised”

“As someone who has watched alot of McGoldrick for Ireland he is a handful. Drops deep for the ball and links up play well but isn’t an out and out goalscorer though can barely hit a barn door.”

“If there is any type team in premier custom made for bennett it’s sheff Utd and mcgoldrick”

“The most sobering thought from last season was that Huddersfield finished on 16 points.
6 of those were against us.
Take NOTHING for granted.”

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Pre-Match View From Spurs

“IF we win then you know it could really be a reset.
IF we win Pochettino may have got away with some weird calls.
BUT this is no gimme. I just say this. Kane will be itching to score, Son will be wanting to repay the faith and support afforded to him by the fans and Alli is inching back to form. Add the new 3 and whisper it quietly but you know. “

“We simply must win this. We have to get some mojo to move up the table. Play the new guys and smash em.”

“Seriously worried about this one. We are an extremely talented but currently disorganised looking side and they are completely the opposite. Individually nothing special but as a coherent team they’re a force to be reckoned with.
We need an early goal to knock them back and restore a bit of confidence in ourselves. If they manage to get one first then we’ll need to break them down and that takes some doing once they dig their heels in.
Hopefully a good CL result midweek will have the team thinking positively and we come away with three points”

“I think Sheffield is actually quite scary. A hard working, well drilled, effective team – and a manager that wont settle for any slip – up against us? Unless we really raise our game I think they could take a big scalp at the weekend.”

“Sheff United will probably come and play for a point, try and nick it on set pieces, but the way Wilder sets them up is impressive. 3 at the back, but the right and left centre halves to the overlapping. John Eagan is a proper leader, Mousset is in some form and their midfield know how to win a game dirty. I like Sheff United, hope they stay up, but not by getting any points this weekend”

“Lys Mousset at United looks very handy”

“He was poor at Bournemouth. Sheffield United are all about their manager and how he coaches them
saw it when he was at Northampton and Oxford too
He is a great manager”

“Lundstram is FPL gold.”

“This could be a really difficult game. They will look to get a single goal and then shut up shop. And they’re good at it.”

“Sheffield are a very very good team and statistically have one of the best defences. I have a bad feeling we will lose this”

“Sheffield United are more of a footballing side than their getting credit for”

“I think this is a harder game than it seems, they’re pretty decent”

“Sheffield United will make it very tough for us”

“Sheff Utd gonna dick us in our own back yard”

“Buzzing for us getting battered by Sheffield United”

“Home to newly promoted Sheff Utd and nobody can call a win, or even a draw with confidence
What a collapse “

“The fact we’re worried about Sheffield United at home this Saturday should be considered gross misconduct of our manager. Shocking”

“We will probably loose to this lot of organised cloggers, we are going to be lucky to finish 12th at this rate.”

“Would like to see more of the Dier/Sanchez duo as they are probably both here next season and they should be able to deal with Sheffield.”

“Red Star are like a league 1 team – it’s Sheffield Utd that will turn us over and put us in relegation battle!”

“Sheff Utd will be much tougher than Red Star so will need to step up again.”

“The passing and tempo was quick and pacey against Belgrade – just need Eriksen back in the team to slow it down a tad and allow Sheffield Utd a chance to regain the ball.”

“Team:

Not Eriksen
Not Eriksen – Not Eriksen, Not Eriksen – Not Eriksen
Not Eriksen – Not Eriksen
Not Eriksen – Not Eriksen – Not Eriksen
Not Eriksen”

“heard from an Arsenal fan that you you cant beat sheffield this time of year”

“The one thing I feel most comfortable predicting is that I won’t enjoy watching the game and afterwards will wish I had done almost anything else.”

“I honestly can’t go to games this season unless I’m absolutely battered, the only way the stress doesn’t make me cave one of the jobsworth stewards heads in”

“Good news if you have an umbrella under 1 metre , you can take it to the game at the weekend”

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Pre-Match View From Burnley

“The Chelsea game + Chris Wood – massive individual errors = result.
That’s the formula for Sheffield United” “I’m not sure we played as badly as the score line last weekend, we did OK. Perform that well again against Sheff Utd and I think we’ll get a result whatever personnel are on the pitch”

“Most unlike us to be so poor defensively but fair play to Chelsea for being so clinical. As you say i don’t think teams like Sheff Utd or Newcastle would have punished us as much”

“November’s schedule isn’t unduly daunting,Sheff Utd(a)West Ham(H)Watford(a)Crystal Palace(H)we’ll definitely collect points in those 4 games,like it or lump it they’re the type of games which will determine how comfortable or not the 2nd half of the season will be”

“We’re 10 games into the season and the table is taking shape. We’ve lost 4 games but they’ve been against Liverpool, Arsenal, Leicester and Chelsea (4 of the top 5). We’ve taken points from everyone you’d hope we would. The signs are good”

“If we lose to Sheff Utd on Saturday and make it 3 in a row, I’ll drive Dyche to bloody Morecambe myself!!!!”

“Reckon Sheff U will roll us over. Especially at their place and if we continue to be appalling”

“I’m intrigued by Sheff United. They’ve done better than I thought they would. However, we tend to do well against promoted sides under SD.”

“I think Sheffield Utd are doing a Burnley,but better at doing a Burnley than we are at the moment.”

“they were very good at West Ham although should have lost, will be a very very tough game against them” “It will be a physical battle,and if we’re not up for the fight they’ll run over us.”

“it’s only October,but they have a good chance of staying up,admittedly they don’t score loads,however they are hard to break down.Wilder’s doing a brilliant job with essentially a Championship squad.”

“He’s a good manager and very similar to Burnley they all know their roles and the system he wants to play.
Really pleased for Norwood – local lad who loves playing and has worked really hard to get where he is. He’s had plenty of ups and downs in his career but always worked hard.
Will be interesting when we play them – their defensive record is excellent. Will be a tough game for us.”

“Sheffield United’s superb start to the season sees them come into the game as favourites, and for good reason. Tactically astute, they have proven very hard to break down – and shown they are more than capable of mixing it with some of the best teams in the league. Burnley aren’t great on their travels”

“It’s a game we could do with winning, 3 points and we’re probably back in the top ten, lose and we’re getting ominously close to the bottom three. A point would do me as well.”

“Sheffield not lost a game where they’ve been leading at half time since 2014. It’s almost unbelievable”

“In last 30 years or so I think the 9000 we took to sheff utd in the cup would be our best outside of wembley. I remember it well. “

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Pre-Match View From West Ham

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“Don’t like the look of this match “

“I can sense the tension in the crowd already…Hope we come out all guns blazing and nullify them before they get going”

“I think it’s an absolute nailed on away win. We dont have the players for a good old fashioned battle, and that’s what this will be”

“This is exactly the type of team we lose to.”

“sadly I think Sheffield Utd will bully and press us off the park, deny us space and limit our ability to create anything. They will then only need to score one or two.
Another Palace result beckons because I do not see who he can bring in to up our physicality, pace and stamina. Sheff Utd fans will love to turn us over too to rub salt in the wounds.”

“Based on what I have seen so far this season, you can bet that Sheffield United will want this more than our players.”

“A physical battle is what we’ll get and a physical battle is what we don’t deal well with.This lot will be better than Oxford and just as committed. I expect they’ll go 9 behind the ball when they go in front and then nick a second on the break.”

“We have the better team on paper but i dont think we will match their heart and desire.”

“On paper this isn’t even a contest.
On the pitch every time we have come up against a team willing to work harder than us, harry more, push more and generally wants it more we have failed miserably. That is their whole game.
I think we’ll be lucky to take a point. Our only real hope is to get an early goal, let them come on to us and smash them on the break. If we go one down we might as well go home. “

“Man for man we should absolute slaughter them but they will want it more we will have players who don’t like being kicked… so a drew is best we can get”

“They will win easily, simply because they will work harder and want it more.”

“As for Saturday’s game against the bus parkers imo given our recent form I doubt we’ll even create a chance, never mind actually score”

“Their defensive record so far this season is excellent, but they have yet to face us. Our manager will have done his homework, identified their weaknesses, selected the personnel and a system to break them down, their defensive record is about to be smashed.
Maybe I’ll take that lie down.”

“crunch time again for us as we are on a bad run and playing an inform hard working team. mind you doesn’t matter if we play an out of form team as we still lose !
lose this and the rot has set in and we will be bottom 3 by xmas with the games we have coming up after Newcastle.”

“seen them a few times this season, yesterday, away at Everton and one other, more from morbid curiosity than anything else.
the battle. are difficult to break down and are very well disciplined. they probably won’t score a bucket load this season but unless someone finds a way to break them down, or they completely are knackered by the New Year, I see them staying up”

“Got to not be left baffled by them tactically. They seem like a team to me who will, eventually, be worked out in the Premier League. Once one manager really beats a new system, often the others learn from it. But I don’t think it’s happening any time soon.”

“As much as I would like us to tear at them from the off and pulverise them, that is unlikely to happen against their two banks of four and we could slip up against a set piece, or get caught on the counter. We should therefore, learn to be patient and remember that at 0-0, we are not losing. Eventually, we will get a set piece of our own and one moment of quality will make the differece”

“On paper this looks like an awful game for our technically gifted players that don’t really like a scrap but I have a sneaky confidence based on nothing at all that we will win this one”

“I honestly think we will see a positive reaction after the shambles against Everton.”

“be happy to scrape 3 points against a newly promoted team.
no offence but we should be rolling over “a team like them.””

“The players need to be prepared to run their socks off for this one, or we’ll lose. Their cup final.”

“Sheff Utd coming here and their fans want revenge on us on Tevez affairs 12 years ago, so this match will be scrappy as ever”

“I can’t help wondering how many of the players
truly understand the significance of this game.”

“Random newly promoted nothing team. No significance.”

“I see Wilder in his pre match comments has been complimentary about us. Hope we dont fall for his mind games and come out fighting for the 3 points.”

“It’s a pretty sorry indictment of how low we’ve stooped when we’re talking like this about Sheffield f@@@@@g United.”

“If we cannot be optimistic of beating Sheff Utd then i might as well take up knitting on a saturday afternoon.”

“I’ll be disappointed if no one is selling Tevez masks”

“We’ve already played them since 2007. That was the time for the kids and easily pleased to get the Tevez thing out of their system. Doing it every time there’s a SUFC fixture is right up there with putting a “funny” sticker on your car’s bumper.”

“Lets mock them for being above us in the league.”

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Pre-Match View From Arsenal

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“I’m a huge fan of United’s manager Chris Wilder and for me he’s one of the most innovative but successful managers in the country today.
I’ve watched them most weeks and I’ve been impressed with how well they’ve transitioned to the top flight. Against similar level opposition they play on the front foot with a ball dominant style and a lot of positionless play where guys swap around regularly but they’re still very good defensively.
Hard to predict how they’ll set up because even though we’re a much better team we and they’ve given up possession to bigger teams so far, we don’t look comfortable trying to control games and have been there for the taking in every away game this year.
They’re a very poor quality side although Robinson, Stevens and Fleck are decent. Henderson’s an ok keeper but he’s got a clanger in him. Also Lundstram is a FPL god.”

“This is going to be really tricky. Has banana skin written all over it.”

“They were surprisingly good against Liverpool, pressed really well, don’t expect an easy game, especially with the way we play atm.”

“Sheffield United has only conceded 7 goals in the league so far. Second lowest in the league. It will be a tough nut to crack.”

“Particularly with how little we create”

“This will be a very tough game – defensively they are very strong, and it will be a great atmosphere up there under the lights.
would settle for a 1-1.”

“Hard to be confident for this. They are a really well organised side and will deffo raise their game for us. Liverpool only won there because of a terrible mistake from the Keeper.”

“They’ll ruin us.”

“not confident whatsoever”

“Has Home win written all over it. Newly promoted northern team at home. Our record against such isn’t that great. Hope I’m wrong obviously.”

“Not looking forward to this one. Monday night likely rain and they’ll run all day and night.
See us struggling to get into this and we won’t battle or control enough of it to win. Low point of the season coming up”

“Got a 1-0 loss written all over it”

“Don’t like the idea of playing this lot under the lights infront of a packed house. LOSS”

“Auba is my only hope. Sheffield Utd are pretty organised whenever i have seen them this season and doesn’t leak too many goals. Glad to see Luke Freeman in PL.”

“Only 4 days until I have to watch team with 9 players I really hate try to play football!”

“Let’s hope captain fannyfart isn’t playing as his wife has just given birth..”

“Amazing where we’re at with this team. Worried about playing Sheffield United. But, rightly so. And thats no disrespect to them. I guess I just expect so much more…”

“they don’t have much quality but they play with energy and the crowd has lots of passion. Doubt we win this away from home under the guidance of Unai Emery.”

“Think this will be a fairly routine win for us providing HB & KT play.
Too much quality and i suspect they will have a go against us which will work out well for us. Think everyone will see what a difference it actually makes to have first choice fullbacks playing. Think we can go on a really good run now “

“Routine win? Is this a server glitch from 2004?”

“I honestly can’t remember one time when we’ve played them in Sheffield and had an easy ride regardless of their form being good, bad or indifferent, similar to how Wimbledon often used to be a fly in our bowl of soup.”

“Emery probably nervous because he can’t set up as the underdog.”

“Ofc he can. Already forgot about Huddersfield Town at home last season? 8 defenders + Laca and Auba up front at home vs a relegation side.
Thankfully we managed to win 1-0 against the worst team in the prem by scoring a 83rd min bicycle kick on our 2nd and last attempt on target” “In days gone by we’d have beaten these easy but 2019 is a different scenario altogether (particularly with our lot) but I still go with a win for us.”

“They’re a somewhat ‘physical’ side, even so we now have some players more able to cope with that than those wenger snowflake pussies.”

Sheffield Utd are a newly promoted team.
We should be beating them by a big margin. Come the end of the season they’ll most likely be relegation fodder.
We have a good attack force…and that’s about it.”

“I’ll be very disappointed if we don’t win by at least 2 goals”

“Sheffield are decent and will raise their game, we’re **** away but with Auba we can score a goal or two.”

“Sheffield UNITED ffs. I’m picking people up on this, you’re not the only. Two teams in Sheffield so we should call them by their full name”



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Pre-Match View From Watford

“Sheffield used to have quite a good footballing pedigree, Sheffield Wednesday were once considered a massive club and battled in the top flight of English football for much of their history, best known now as a sanctuary for ex-Watford players who can no longer perform effectively.
This week we play their less well known neighbours, Sheffield United, nicknamed the Blades. Quite a cool nickname that dates back to historical times when we used to make things in this country, less relevant now but a nice nod to the past. Can’t profess to have seen much of them but from what I can gather they have played some quite decent football whilst being solid and organised defensively when needed. They have also scored in each of their away games so far (alarm bells ring).
On the unofficial scale of must win games this is right up near the top for us, only games where you will actually be relegated there and then would be above this. If we are to survive this season it is games like this that we simply must win, I mean no offence to Sheffield United (I did that earlier) but we are now at the point where home games against non top 6, and especially newly promoted, sides need to be won, especially with Spurs away to follow.”

“If we can get first goal we might spark into life. Concede first and heads will drop though.”

“I watched Sheff U against Liverpool and they were very unlucky to lose that. Only a crazy mess up by their keeper denied at least a point.
There’s no way Watford would have stood up to Liverpool like United did. They have also won at Everton, a place we’ve never won in our history.
I would say we are actually the underdogs in this match. United are a better “team” by far. We have superior quality, but it means nothing if you’re not committed to the cause.”

“I watched their match against Liverpool and was very impressed by them. Have no doubt they will beat us comfortably.”

“Sheffield United lost 1-0 against Liverpool and their manager was digging out their players after the game and furious.
We lost 8-0 against Man City and the club showed more or less total apathy afterwards. Shows you a fair bit about the different mentalities of the clubs at the moment.”

“The big issue is, can the Blades get themselves motivated for such lowly opponents?”

“It should work in our favour, being underdogs for this one. Sheff Utd complacent thinking they just need to turn up.”

“Hard to see us getting anything. They will get a goal in the first 20 minutes due to some inexplicable act of defensive suicide and that will be it. We will lose by a margin if at least 3 goals.”

“Dear Sheffield United,
Would you like your 3 points gift wrapped or just as they come?
Regards,
Watford Football Club”

“I think this has potential to be a season defining game. Win and I think we’ll have the quality to stay up. Lose or draw and I think we’re ******.”

“Hate the term must win but this one is pretty close. Could be our season starts here and we desperately need it to happen”

“If we win we have a chance of staying up. If we lose this, we are as good as gone.”

“We are 4th (105 shots) in the league for most shots on goal this season. That must demonstrate there is still decent attacking flair in the team.
We are 9th in the table for ‘big chances missed’
Possession has not been an issue even though you can’t derive too much from that nowadays. Still better to have it than not.
I look at those core stats & ask myself is it just ordinarily bad luck that that round ball of leather is not touching the back of the onion bag. How can it be we have dropped off a cliff so convincingly?”

“I think we have the better players, but they will be high on confidence, organised and work their socks off. Some more poor defending will cost us, and we will struggle to create chances against them.”

“Sheff Utd are everything we are not. A squad of limited players, who play with a purpose and a game-plan they are able to execute consistently.
They’ll batter us. I’m certain of it.”

“They’re young goalkeeper has been in the headlines for all the wrong reasons this week, we have to start fast and get the first goal. If we do I think we might have a comfortable 3-0 win. Deulofeu getting off the mark as it’s a mediocre team like this he would normally shine against.
However the mess we’re in and low in confidence has me extremely worried. Sheffield are the extreme opposite going to the Vic with nothing to lose, and most probably go home with all 3 points and the young goalkeeper picking up the motm award.”

“Ideally we’d shoot at Henderson as much as possible to test him. Unfortunately with our attackers we may have lots of shots but the only danger will be to the crowd”


“Sheffield United have played well so far and far better than anyone anticipated but I fully expect them to burn out and be down there at the bottom come the season so 3 points from this is a must. We have more individual quality but Sheffield United have players that know their responsibilities and have a compact and solid 5-3-2 which Liverpool struggled to break down at the weekend. They are narrow and have 2 holding midfielders which makes it hard to play between the lines so I think we would be best off attacking them down the wings, therefore I would like to see us play Sarr on the right and Deulofeu on the left.”

“Prediction
Watford 2-3 Sheffield United
Sharp (og 23, og 72); Sharp (85, 88, 90+6)”

“Whatever happens, it’s always a laugh taking the piss out of Paddy Kenny in the Sheff Utd goal. I’ll look forward to that at least.”

“As long as we can nullify Tony Agana and Brian Deane we should be fine.”

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Pre-Match View From Liverpool

“We are due a shock defeat. We are also due to thump a team at Anfield. Could this be one of those?”

“Nothing suggests to me that we are due a defeat. Every team in this league can beat anyone, if you don’t go into the game with the right attitude and commitment. There’s a very good reason why we are top and are on an excellent winning run…..it’s because we do show the right attitude and commitment!”

“this could be a tricky game ..s united are playing well .. and we would be a big scalp for them”

“tricky game”

“Will be a tough game, they are a decent outfit and played really well at Chelsea a few weeks ago.”

“They have had a good start to the season and would love to try to show what they can do. We have become a bit of a target as teams want to measure themselves against us. I expect this to be harder than we might imagine, and we will have to battle before the quality differential becomes apparent.”

“I’ve seen bits and bobs of them, they defend well as a unit and not afraid to attack aggressively when the opportunity presents itself. No star players really jumping out, but their GK (Henderson, on loan from united) is v good.”

“I think the key game to this game could be their ‘overlapping’ centre backs. They will leave space in behind for our full backs moving forward. I’m sure people will say the manager will come up with a different plan for this game but the quality is not in their side, despite their impressive start, to mastermind a new system just for this game. They will have to attack, the back line is not strong enough to hold us for 90 mins. McGoldrick and Robinson work hard and will have to be watched but I think our defensive players are more than up to the task.
It should be a comfortable win, as long as we don’t get complacent. Mane and Salah will see a lot of the ball and Firmino could cause havoc.
They will spring more surprises this season until teams come to terms with this new formation and style of play though”.

“Hope they don’t clam up against us and i don’t think they will,could be like the Norwich game we’re our quality just is far too much for them also nice we’ve rested most of out starting eleven.”

“It won’t be much like the Norwich. To their credit, Norwich came out with an intent to play and attack when they had the chance. Didn’t work against us, paid dividends against City. The Blades have been much more traditional, defence first (their 3-5-2 is almost more Italian style than English), force opponents out wide, and deal with the crosses that gives up. Like Norwich, they are sometimes going to press high, but Norwich wanted to play a wide game, Sheffield are a lot more narrow, a lot of longer balls hoping for one of the strike partnership to get a flick-on to the other. A lot more effective so far than it has been entertaining.”

“I don’t mind newly promoted clubs doing this. So far it’s working for them.
We’ll still hammer them.”

“The 3-5-2 is an interesting wrinkle, most of the ‘defend to survive’ promoted clubs are more likely to play a 4-5-1 trying to clog their entire defensive area with as many bodies as possible, and make every game tedious. Sheffield United choose a space to give up (midfield width) in order to have a little more sting.”

“I have watched their Chelsea and Everton matches. I would say their system worked against Chelsea, but did not against Everton, result notwithstanding. Everton seemed more aware of where the space was available, they were just dire at actually using it. Chelsea was more determined to batter through the middle I think. On the attack, Sheffield struggled to get much going against Everton (in part I think because they had a lead for over half the game, so were more cautious). Their scheme seems to rely on a flaring run from one of the two strikers, with long balls aimed wide, outside the 18 yard box and in the zone between the 18 and half line. The other striker shifts over and makes an interior run, one of the midfielders always runs into the space that striker vacates, and sometimes one of the other 3 mids makes a supporting run. That worked much more effectively against Chelsea than Everton, ironically.
I think they probably will, so it might be an interesting day for their wingbacks. TAA in particular might get some excellent chances for crosses from deep, because they defend the drives for crosses into the corner fairly vigorously, but a fullback perhaps 30 meters out in a wide position is basically standing where they are willing to let him stand. “

“Watched the Chelsea game. Great attitude and determination but little ability and no stars.
We should beat them with a disciplined approach”

“Their manager is a self confessed mardy Yorkshireman – I liked what I read last week. He was laying into them and Jagielka said, “Boss, this was a good result, we just beat Everton…” or something like that. Anyhow, there’s a bit more depth and insight to the manager than you might expect. They have thought it through and it’s a case of so far so good for them.
On our end what we’ve been showing as the team matures is an ability to win all sorts of games. If we play well we beat anybody. But it’s not always like that, and some days you have to find a way to win, and that’s what is helping us put up such strong challenges for the title of late. We are a team that doesn’t panic, and we also have the ability to work it out on the pitch. We have some clever players who, I expect, will do what they need to do to find the space they need out there.
As Arminius says, Sheffield United will be narrow and will pack the bodies in that way, when they are on the back foot, but they will try to hit the diagonal and get support up there for the hoped for secondary ball as it comes down.
We should have too much quality, but as ever, we have to earn the right to show it.”

“Poor Sheffield United.
It’s bad enough facing the European Champions, but the European Champions with 7 days rest.
Oh boy.”

“They’ve lost 3 consecutive games at home now.
Spirited team and got a fantastic result at Everton, but they don’t have a lot of quality.”

A win by at least a 2 goal margin, in what should be a fairly routine victory, with the Champion’s League tie coming up in mid week.”

“Should be a (rare!) clean sheet & hopefully comfortable enough victory to enable us to make some subs the last 30 mins.”

“I saw them play, switched off after 30 mins.”

“I actually keep forgetting they are in the PL. I am surprised every weekend when I are their name on the fixture list.”

“Their manager looks like every single person in “Kes” and the only two words he knows are “hard” and “graft””

“Lads should be rested, the front three will blast them away.”

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Pre-Match View From Sunderland

“Proper not looking forward to the trip to Sheffield Utd not gonna lie”

“Who knows, this might be another Premier League scalp in their own backyard.”

“if we beat another premiership side will that be a sign that Ross’ tactics aren’t shite just are completely unsuited for when you are the better team?”

“A similar night to Burnley would be tremendous, can’t see it after Saturday.”

“Another win would be canny , then draw a top prem club at home” “I hope we lose… we do not need the distraction”

“I think we’ll take a canny few down for this.”

“A reckon it will be a decent turn out from us around 2k”

“Surely we will sell loads. If anyone hasn’t been there, get there.
It’s a great ground and a short hop, arrive early leave late.
Obviously one of my favourites. Take the place over.”

“old style ground with a good atmosphere especially night games..”

“I like Sheff Utd’s version of John Denver’s, Annie’s Song.”

“I’ll be flying down for me greasy chip butty about 3, apparently the Sheffield United fans sing a song about that. Me Cyril and Ernie usually sing about our hatred of magpies and crows.”

“Sheffield United always been a good away day”

“The Peter Reid ’95-’96 promotion season visit to Bramall Lane in April ’96, we had the ground rocking.
There sided ground as the John Ireland Stand had been demolished, SAFC fans in both top and lower tiers (5000 there). I took a Dutch friend to the match and he loved the atmosphere and match even though it ended 0-0.
We were in the bottom tier and on more then one occasion he was convinced the top tier was going to come crashing down on us, it was rocking that much.
S2 is always a great away day.
Really looking forward to this one.”

“Was at a match there. Warnock was the manager
Got in late, left early and got beat 2 nil. they also played the professionals tv series theme tune after they scored. Magic night..”

“One of the things I remember from way back was that 81-82 season – MOTD had Colchester United v The Blades as its main game at the old Layer Road- huge following of Blades fans there.”

“Proper old ground, one of my favourites.”

“The cricketers is a nice welcoming pub next to the away end.Last time I was there they were lobbing pint pots at us whilst we were walking to get on the coaches”

“Love sheff united… but there can be only one red & white striped team this match”

“in Sheffield on Wednesday, but not playing Wednesday as Wednesday play Tuesday although we were set to play Tuesday against Sheffield but Wednesday avoid Wednesday to play the Tuesday leaving Sheffield to play Wednesday”

“I was just checking the Sheffield United FC website to see if they had any details on the date for our match next month in the League Cup and I noticed tkts are on sale to Blades fans for the home game against the bin dippers, and they start at 30,000+ loyalty points
How the hell do blades fans manage to build up that amount of points?”

“You get 100 points for every time you watch when Saturday comes”

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Pre-Match View From Everton

“Nice to see the Blades back at Goodison.I hope we smash them, but it’s good to have Sheffield United back in the top flight.”

“A mixed bag so far for them and its early doors yet, but ive got them down as 1 of the sides that might struggle this season, so a pretty straight forward home win for Marcos boys? Time for Everton!
We have yet to hit our stride this season, our form and the players are very much up and down, we could do with getting a little run together and whilst its still early doors, a win under the siren will certainly be very welcome.”

“Anything less than 3 points and I’ll be disappointed.  They are not good and we are home.”

“It’s important we win this game.”

“Confident on this one”

“Confident we’ll beat these.”

“Should be a straightforward win.”

“Depends if we go one up or one down If we go one up we should be beating this lot of relegation fodder by three! But if we go one down I can see another 90 min debacle because our heads will drop” “Past caring, tbh.
We’ll beat these, lose against City and then draw with Burnley away. Predictable crap.”

“5 games in and I could barely care tbh.”

“We’ll probably win but who’s arsed?”

“Let’s win this in despite of DCL”

“These have barely looked like scoring so far, we’ve got a good record at home.
Got a feeling it’ll be like the Watford game, score early and then do nothing much for the rest of the game”

“Similar to the scene from The Running Man where the old lady bets on Schwarzenegger’s character making the next kill, I don’t want to do this but I’m putting my money on utd rolling our soft underbelly over and tickling us until we done.
Only kidding, we will win but they better do it with some style to make up for some of the rest of the performances we have had to endure this season already.”

“If i was Chris Wilder, i would simply tell the players to get the ball up front and hustle for Corners and free kicks in our half. Chuck it in the box and you can get as many goals as you want.
I’m hoping we blow them away but think they will cause us a lot of problems playing basic direct football.”

“These set up well. Centre backs attack like wingers. Should win at home though.” “We should win, but it’s no gimme, I remember they went to Stamford Bridge and got a 2-2 from 2-0 down and also got a late point at Bournemouth.”

“Feel like Jags will do to us what he did in the derby a few years ago. If we don’t get the win here, could turn ugly for Marco.
Thankfully, it’s at home so >should< be fairly straightforward – as Chelsea thought against these too”

“They are a good team. Well drilled. No superstars, but all know their job, Shouldn’t take it lightly. Everything comes from the wing.”

“Be as tight as a nuns un.”

“Doesn’t formed next big thing at Everton lundstram play for them? My prediction, he plays a decent 6/10 game, and people lose their minds saying how they can’t believe we’ve let another superstar slip away.
We’ll win but nothing is easy at the moment.”

“A warm welcome home for Everton legend John Lundstram”

“Ollie Mcburnie hat trick incoming. We’ll win 5-3.”

“We will dominate them in possession , pint drinking and booooing
can only see one result ..
NIL NIL”

“I feel Sheffield United aren’t as bad as many people may expect, and can see us having a hard time of it on Saturday to be honest. That said, I predict… three-nil to Everton”

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