Play-off chasing Sheffield United travel to The Den this Saturday as they take on Neil Harris’ Millwall, who have struggled so far this season following on from their impressive return to the Sky Bet Championship.
Chris Wilder will be hoping his side can emulate the performance from last weekend as they saw out a game with a late winner against Preston North End. Despite letting a two goal lead slip, Sheffield United looked comfortable throughout, and the score in many ways did the game justice.
However, despite the clear dip in form for the Lions, they still remain a threat and have proved to be somewhat of a bogey team for Sheffield United over recent years. Especially when playing at The Den.
Millwall have struggled so far this season under long-serving manager Neil Harris. Without a win since August 18th, their only win so far this season, the team has hit somewhat of a slump. The joint most out of form club in the division, alongside Preston, the main problem for Millwall has been shifting goals. With only three goals in the last six league games, and without any in the previous two, it is quite a worry. Especially when compared with opponents Sheffield United who have scored just as many last weekend and over the same number of league games, have themselves scored 12 league goals.
Lee Gregory played the full 90 minutes against Fulham and could be pushing for a starting place against his boy-hood club for which he represented at youth level. Other than this, there are no other changes to report. However, without a win in six league games, Neil Harris could very well be forced in to changes.
Chris Wilder is likely to name an unchanged side to face Millwall on the weekend as he looks set to have found his preferred starting XI. One particular mention however would be the inclusion of Paul Coutts, having played and scored in the Steel City derby at U23 level. The Scotsman is likely to feature on the bench and maybe even get a 15 minute run out depending on how the pattern of play goes.
Millwall 1 – 2 Sheffield United
Personally for me, Chris Wilder has developed an incredible squad here with a lot more depth than last year. Whilst he clearly has a preferred starting XI, the headache must be less painful when certain players are indeed out injured. With that said, the team has goals all over the park and with players such as Billy Sharp and David McGoldrick both scoring last weekend, I find it hard to see the Blades not scoring.
Millwall on the other hand, clearly are an organised side, as was seen in the 1 – 1 game played out in April at Bramall Lane. But the different style of play and persistency from Wilder should shine through and carry the red and white wizards through. 1 – 2.
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