Preview: West Bromwich – Sheffield United

21 February 2019


Sheffield United face a grueling away game against West Bromwich this weekend, as only one point separates the two sides at the top of the table.

The Blades come into this fixture in good form and have looked a confident outfit all season, having only lost once in their last ten games and consistently remaining within the top six ever since August.

This form was especially highlighted in their latest home game against Reading, where they comfortably put away the Berkshire side with a 4-0 win that included a brace from new January signing Gary Madine.

United will do well not to become complacent during the game, as they have dropped points on five occasions this season after initially having the lead, most notably two weeks ago against Aston Villa, where United had a 3-0 lead but then conceded three in the last 10 minutes.

George Baldock and Jack O’Connell are also expected to be available this week, having been out for the last one and two games respectively.

On the other end, West Bromwich find themselves in fourth place, right behind United’s second placed position.

Just like their opponents, the Baggies come into this fixture in good form, having lost twice in their last ten games, and have also been one of the sides tipped for promotion all season.

The Midlands based team will also have lethal strike partnership Jay Rodriguez and Dwight Gayle available. The two have scored 33 goals between them and will be looking to add to that number on Saturday.

The two sides last met in December, when West Bromwich came from behind to win 2-1. David McGoldrick scored in the early stages of the first half in that game, only for Gareth Barry to equalise near the end of the same half and for Kieran Gibbs to seal the turnaround with a goal with just 15 minutes remaining.

Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder said: “We’re in the race and we want to keep it going, but we’re not looking too far ahead.

“We’ve got West Brom coming up who’ve come out of the Premier League and with all the players they’ve got, it’s associated with a top football club who’s been in the Premier League for a few years.

“They’ve kept the majority of their players and added as well, so that’s a huge challenge for us.

“There’s a lot of football to be played. There’s going to be some high moments like we’ve had at Bramall Lane last week. There’s going to be some low moments like we’ve had at Villa Park. It’s how we recover and get over the low parts and drive the high parts on.

“I feel that we are growing and enjoying the challenge and I think the supporters are enjoying the challenge.

Kick off is set to be at 5:30pm on Saturday, February 23.


Photo: Mark Hawksworth, Wikimedia Commons

Written by Michael Ekman

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