Sheffield sporting weekend preview

All of Sheffield’s major sporting teams are in action this weekend, with the Steelers making the long trip to Scotland to face Edinburgh Capitals and Dundee Stars in the Ice Hockey Elite League, whilst both Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday have home ties.

The Steelers are currently third in the table, but have four games in hand on leaders Cardiff Devils, who they trail by seven points. Their opponents for the weekend are 8th placed Edinburgh on Saturday and bottom of the table Dundee on Sunday, so they will be hoping to take maximum points.

The league’s reigning Champions have been hit with the news however that defenceman Zach Fitzgerald has been suspended for both games in Scotland, following dangerous play against Coventry Blaze last week.

Sheffield Wednesday host Ipswich on Saturday in a 3pm kickoff, and will be looking to put behind them the disappointing 2-0 defeat against Derby last week. After the defeat, Wednesday find themselves 8th in the table, joint on points with 6th placed Bristol City but outside of the playoffs on goal difference. Visitors Ipswich sit in 16th position in the table but have struggled in recent weeks, picking up just one win in their last eight games, and Wednesday will see this game as the perfect opportunity to get their promotion challenge back on track.

Sheffield United extended their impressive unbeaten streak in the league to 11 games last weekend with victory over MK Dons, and will be looking to continue their form in the first round of the FA Cup against Leyton Orient. Having only won one out of their last ten games, Orient currently occupy one of the relegation spots in League Two, a stark difference to high flying United who will see this as a good chance to progress to the next round.

In non-professional sports, Hallam FC travel to Westella and Willerby in their Northern Counties East Football League tie, and Sheffield FC are away at Market Drayton Town in the Evo Stik League South Division One.


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