A look at Town's trip to Bramall Lane at the weekend
Sheffield United are third in the Championship with seven wins from their opening 11 games. Town have dropped to eighth following defeat at home to Bristol City before the international break, but could join the Blades on 21 points with a win this weekend.
Sheffield United – W L W W L. Points from last five: 9/15.
United’s good run of form, including an impressive away win over bitter rivals Wednesday, was halted with defeat at Nottingham Forest last time out. Chris Wilder’s men, along with Town, are yet to draw a game this season.
Bolton (A) W 1-0
Norwich (H) L 1-0
Sheff Wed (A) W 4-2
Wolves (H) W 2-0
Nottingham Forest (A) L2-1
Town – L W L W L. Points from last five: 6/15.
If the recent pattern of results continues on Saturday, Town will take the three points!
QPR (A) L 2-1
Bolton (H) W 2-0
Leeds (A) L 3-2
Sunderland (H) W 5-2
Bristol City (H) L 3-1
Previous meetings at Bramall Lane:
Sheff Utd 1-2 Town 06.11.10
Sheff Utd 3-3 Town 29.09.09
Sheff Utd 2-0 Town 04.04.09
Sheff Utd 3-1 Town 06.11.07
Sheff Utd 2-0 Town 10.09.05
Last time we met: Ipswich 3-0 Sheff Utd 05/02/11
Town brushed United aside at Portman Road in 2011, with the visitors finishing with nine men. Damien Delaney, David Norris and a fantastic late solo effort from Connor Wickham sealed all three points for Paul Jewell’s side. Rob Kozluk and Liam Williamson were sent-off for Micky Adams’ Blades.
One to watch: John Fleck.
Fleck’s good start to the season has been rewarded with a new four-year contract. The midfielder was pivotal in helping United win the League One title last term and has risen to the Championship challenge well, having played every minute of the Blades’ campaign so far and notching one goal.
Could be the difference: Town’s conversion rate on the road.
Blues have finished 20 per cent of their chances away from Portman Road this campaign and will be looking to post impressive figures on Saturday.
Referee: Tony Harrington
Assistant referee: Daniel Robathan
Assistant referee: Jonathan Hunt
Fourth official: Duncan Street
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