MATCH PREVIEW: Sheffield United (Home)

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Blues welcome Sheffield United to St Andrews in a crucial game at the top of the table as The Blades will want to leapfrog Leeds by winning tonight.

Blues however, will be full of confidence following their triumphant 1-0 victory over Marcelo Bielsa’s side at the weekend.

TEAM NEWS

Blues

Blues go into this one without argubably their most consistent midfielder this season, Maikel Kieftenbeld. The Dutchman faces between six and nine months on the sidelines after damaging his knee ligaments during Saturday’s clash.

Monk will hope to have midfielder Gary Gardner back in the side after he came off at half time on Saturday due to illness.

Sheffield United


Defender Jack O’Connell could return after missing Saturday’s away win at Preston. Striker Gary Madine is available after being suspended in the last three games, while former Blues winger Mark Duffy is also back in the side.

FORM

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Sheffield United: WWWLW

BLUES FORM V UNITED

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STAT ATTACK

  • Blues have won their past four home league matches against Sheffield United, keeping a clean sheet in three of those games.
  • Sheffield United have lost five of their previous eight matches against Blues in all competitions (W1 D2 L5).
  • Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder has faced Birmingham boss Garry Monk more often without winning than any other manager in the Championship (P3 W0 D1 L2).
  • Blues have not won consecutive home league matches since October 2018 (a run of three).
  • Sheffield United have been ahead for the most minutes (1,288) and trailed for the fewest minutes (338) in Championship matches this season.

MATCH COMMENTS

Maxime Colin: “We’ve never lost confidence in ourselves despite the recent bad run that we had. But we now have a really tough game on Wednesday against a Sheffield United side who are one of the best teams in the league. It will be another big challenge, but we want to achieve safety as quickly as possible and we we want to try and get something from the game.”

Billy Sharp: “We’ve got to finish a busy week off with two more results, we’ve started it well with a win at Preston, but we’ve got a tough game on Wednesday against a team fighting to stay up. We are at one end fighting for something, they are at the other fighting for something else, it is going to be a tough match, but we are more than capable of getting a result.The points deduction has dragged them down, but we know they are a good team and they showed that at the weekend.”

PREDICTIONS

We’re going for a cagey 1-0 win again, with Che bagging another goal infront of the home crowd. Let us know your predictions in the comment section below or on our Facebook page!

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