The race for Europe continues on Wednesday evening when eighth-placed Sheffield United host sixth-placed Wolves.
Chris Wilder's side were held 1-1 at Burnley on Sunday, and need the points more than ever in midweek as teams like Arsenal, the Clarets and even Everton steam up the table toward them.
They won't have an easy evening against an efficient Wolves team, who saw their three-game win streak snapped by a 2-0 defeat to Arsenal on the weekend.
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The Blades have plenty of injuries which have affected their squad selection of late. Midfielders John Fleck (groin) and Luke Freeman have been ruled out in advance, as has fantasy football darling John Lundstram (shoulder).
Centre-back Jack O'Connell made his return from injury as a substitute on Sunday and will be in contention to start on Wednesday, meaning Wilder will be able to choose his first-choice backline for this important game.
Great to have you back, Jack ? pic.twitter.com/8yFEUnKLfw— Sheffield United (@SheffieldUnited) July 5, 2020
Meanwhile, Nuno Espírito Santo has no injury worries at all ahead of their trip to Yorkshire. The Portuguese boss will have to decide on Raúl Jiménez's strike partner, with Adama Traoré being preferred to Diogo Jota in their recent defeat to the Gunners.
Sheffield United: Henderson; Basham, Egan, O'Connell; Baldock, Berge, Norwood, Osborn, Stevens; McBurnie, McGoldrick.
Wolves: Patrício, Boly, Coady, Saïss; Doherty, Dendoncker, Neves, Moutinho, Jonny; Jiménez, Traoré.
Sheffield United had been in poor form since the Premier League's restart, losing three out of four games before beating Spurs last Thursday – and any hint of winning momentum may have been stunted by the weekend's draw with Burnley.
As for the visitors, while their winning run was ended by their defeat on Saturday against Arsenal, they have been pretty solid at the back (with three clean sheets in four games).
Here's how both sides have fared in their last five encounters.
Burnley 1- 1 Sheffield United (5/7)
Sheffield United 3-1 Spurs (2/7)
Sheffield United 1-2 Arsenal (28/6)
Man Utd 3-0 Sheffield United (24/6)
Newcastle 3-0 Sheffield United (21/6)
Wolves 0-2 Arsenal (4/7)
Aston Villa 0-1 Wolves (27/6)
Wolves 1-0 Bournemouth (24/6)
West Ham 0-2 Wolves (20/6)
Olympiacos 1-1 Wolves (12/3)
With both sides chasing similar targets by the season's end, it promises to be a close encounter as a defeat would prove costly to either team's aspirations.
Sheffield United have looked considerably more solid at the back in their last two games and will certainly make it difficult for Jiménez and co, with O'Connell's return ensuring Wilder can pick his first-choice backline once again.
the lack of a reliable goalscorer could hurt them against a resolute Wolves' defence though – and with both clubs keen to avoid defeat, they are likely to cancel each other out in a draw, with few goals expected on the night.
Prediction: Sheffield United 1-1 Wolves
Source : 90min