Winning homes in particular has always proven vital to a successful league campaign. It is the points won in these games that can dictate a clubs season, and could prove be a massive difference between success and failure – whatever the clubs expectations are for the season!
Equally, gaining points away from home matters also and points won majority here end in promotion for your club.
Sheffield United, who are currently second in the Championship table have a fairly balanced record both home and away, having won 27 points (from 14 games) at Bramall Lane, and 23 points (from 13 games) away.
If this season has proved anything, then no games are easy, and every team must battle hard for every point. But United’s next six matches away from home look particularly tough, and United must pull out all the stops to gain maximum points.
United start a spell on the road at Swansea City tomorrow evening, who have won once in their last six matches at home, at a stadium where the Blades have yet to win. They won’t be looking to repeat the 2-1 loss endured on the opening day. A week later they travel to third placed Norwich City in what could be a six-pointer in the battle for automatic promotion.
Chris Wilder’s side begin February with at home to Bolton before making a trip to the Second City on a Friday night in front of the Sky cameras, but a similar 4-1 victory recorded in the home fixture would go down well.
More home fixtures against Middlesbrough and Reading follow prior to a trip to the Hawthorns on 23rd February. By the time the Blades face West Brom, here’s hoping that they’ve lost their scoring prowess.
An action packed South Yorkshire Derbies follow the match after a journey in the Midlands. Arch rivals on a Monday night brings the Steel City Derby where the Owls will once again be looking to celebrate another 0-0 win, but this time under a new manager with a familiar face – Steve Bruce. Rotherham visit the Lane on 9th March and Brentford also three days later.
United conclude the bout of away fixtures with a tough challenge at Leeds United, and will be looking to overturn the 1-0 defeat recorded on 1st December.
The next 6 away games are going to be tough for different seasons, and each game home and away will shape how United’s season could end, but if United can get through these 11 games with at least 22 points, then United could be on schedule for promotion!
Swansea City vs. Sheffield United
Saturday, 19th January 2019 – 5:30PM (SKY TV)
Norwich City vs. Sheffield United
Saturday, 26th January 2019 – 3:00PM
Aston Villa vs. Sheffield United
Friday, 8th February 2019 – 7:45PM (SKY TV)
West Bromwich Albion vs. Sheffield United
Saturday, 23rd February 2019 – 5:30PM (SKY TV)
Sheffield Wednesday vs. Sheffield United
Monday, 4th March 2019 – 7:45PM (SKY TV)
Leeds United vs. Sheffield United
Saturday, 16th March 2019 – 3:00PM