Christmas is always a special time of the year. For children it means more toys to play with, and for football supporters a number of matches to go and watch – especially if your team is at home on Boxing Day!
Chris Wilder and his Sheffield United side will be looking to bounce back and end a poor run of form which hasn’t seen them record a home victory since 27th October against Wigan Athletic. In their last six Championship outings they have favoured playing away from Bramall Lane with two back-to-back victories at Reading and Brentford.
Defender Enda Stevens has spoken to local newspaper The Sheffield Star, and he believes that victories; “So if you can string a run of wins together it can stand you in good stead going into the new year. “But there are no guarantees. This is Championship football and every game will be tough, so we have to make sure we’re at it every time we step out on the pitch.”
— The Star, SUFC (@TheStarBlades) December 20, 2018
Stevens is expected to make his 24th appearance of the season for United, whilst striker David McGoldrick will be looking to add to his tally when he squares up against his old stomping ground at Portman Road this Saturday.
This season’s seasonal festivities begin at troubled Ipswich Town where I would expect United to claim maximum points. It would also be great to see Tyler Smith given a run out in the second half too.
The Blades then face two homes games on the trot with Derby County on Boxing day, whom they have already lost 2-1 on live TV a few months previous, and Blackburn Rovers on 29th December. They won 2-0 at Ewood Park and a similar result would go down a treat.
The fixture against Derby will perhaps prove to be the toughest but at least 7 points (from a maximum 9) will put United in good stead to turn around their fortunes and end 2018 on a high note.