Ten points spate both Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday, with the Blades looking comfortable in the Championship table. The Owls will be looking to turn their season around with a win at Bramall Lane but having lost their previous four league outings will no doubt settle for a draw.
Last season’s Derby matches are all but gone, and whilst the goalless draw Wednesday earned in their last venture across the City divide to S2, in manager Jos Luhukay first game in charge of the blue and white side, he will be eager to walk away with at least a point again this time around.
Unlocking Wednesday’s defence will be key to a Blades victory tonight. The Owls back four will be considered weak having conceded ten goals in their last three games and they are without a victory in their last four matches. Their last win came at Bristol City in a 2-1 win.
At home to Norwich in their last fixture, which ended in a 4-0 defeat to Norwich City, which also saw the Canaries climb to top of the league – they opted for a 4-4-2 system. In the previous games before the manager has clearly tried to find the opposition’s weakness rather than concentrate on their own strengths having fielded a different formation in each of the games.
Owls fans aren’t expecting an away win, with one supporter hitting twitter, and suggesting that he will get a tattoo of their manager on his bum should they win – we’ve heard these kind of bets before. Not that we wish our beloved Blades to lose, but it would be very interesting to see if he went through with it should they seal a Derby victory.
If #swfc win on Friday I'll get a tattoo of Jos' face on my fat arse
— Kyle_Sandall (@Kyle55428044) November 7, 2018
To the best of our knowledge, the Owls don’t have fresh injuries or suspensions to be concerned about.
Speaking to the Sheffield Star, Owls defender Morgan Fox insists that his side must show no fear against United at Bramall Lane;
“Whenever there is a derby, it is hard to say who the favourites are because they are almost like a cup final. Either team can win on the day so it doesn’t really matter where you are in the league or what form you are in. All of that goes out of the window in a derby game.”
Injuries and the managers ‘odd’ rotation system will probably mean that full-back Fox won’t feature against United in their XI and maybe included amongst the substitutes.
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