Date: 22nd September 2018 at 7:46am
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Following last Saturday’s defeat at Bristol City and a no-show at home to Birmingham City in midweek, we believe that Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder must make two vital changes ahead of today’s Championship fixture with Preston North End.

The Blades were narrowly defeated 1-0 at Bristol City last weekend but the drab 0-0 draw with Birmingham City on Wednesday night, which saw the Blades put out the worst performance thus far this season.

United were diabolical in midfield and with Conor Washington and Leon Clarke leading the front line, lacked quality and leadership. The defence was quite solid and Dean Henderson in goal was on top form to prevent a defeat at the death. Although City will consider themselves quite unfortunate not to return to the Midlands with all three points after hitting the post twice.

Chris Wilder, on his 101st league match as Blades boss must make changes if United are to overcome a Preston side which are languishing in the bottom three.

Wilder would be wise to retain Henderson and the three centres-halves of Chris Basham, John Egan and Jack O’Connell, who couldn’t be criticised for the effort they put in. At right wing-back George Baldock wasn’t at his best and many supporters believe that Kieron Freeman is much better. We understand he failed a late fitness test, but if fit should start ahead of the former MK Dons defender.

Down the left Marvin Johnson was less than marvellous but it was his home debut and he did a lot of running and would therefore give him the benefit of the doubt.

The trio in the middle of the park should also remain the same from which drew with Birmingham. Although both John Fleck and Oliver Norwood failed to spark any life into the attackers. Fleck had just returned from injury and therefore may have been suffering and not 100% match fit.

Billy Sharp needs to be included in the starting XI against Preston North End today. I found Washington and Clarke too much like-for-like players and didn’t work well together. They were too static and need a player like Sharp to create movement up top and create more chances.

Vital Starting XI


BASHAM              EGAN                    O’CONNELL

FREEMAN                                                                            JOHNSON

DUFFY                   FLECK                    NORWOOD

CLARKE                 SHARP (C)

We have given you our view on how the Blades should line up today. But what do you think. Should Sharp start in the XI?

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2 Replies to “Two Changes Needed For Preston Visit”

  • Yes, BUT, real problem Is we don’t have the young talented striker we need alongside Clarke or Sharpe.
    They are the ones who cost BIG money and everyone is after BUT again would provide the missing link that could turn us into Promotion certs. Rather than also rans.

  • Sharp has got to start along side Clarke if it doesn’t work out for Leon then pair Washington up with Billy. But wilder, i hope, will give Billy the full 90mins if possible the longer he stays on the more chance he will score.
    Also Norwood Fleck and Johnson for his pace or Duffs mid way through the second half in a sub in midfield. I just hope that he doesn’t play either Mcgoldrick and Lundstram, there are just mis-fits for a strong 11 to start with. They’ve both showed that in all the pair just aren’t strong enough to change matches, 3 good scoring chances fell to Mcgoldrick 2 and 1 for Lundstram against Bristol City and both didn’t show the quality needed for the Championship. It’s a league where teams have got to show their quality in every position all have got to play well on every match day to get into the automatic promotion places or the play-offs i know it’s a long way to go yet but the stronger 11 you start with will be enough to get theer.

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