Sheffield United Preview vs Blackburn Rovers (A)

Sheffield United travel to Blackburn for their mid-week clash in great shape after bagging two wins in their last two outings.

The Blades beat both Preston North End and Millwall in thrilling clashes with 10 goals total seen on the two occasions and came just a point from the top of the Championship table.

Blackburn have, on the other end, been more unpredictable and come into the match with 15 points to their name after 10 games. They’ve seen a thriller 2-2 draw at Nottingham Forest, conceding a late penalty-kick equalizer at Ewood Park and dropping important points on Saturday. This was their second consecutive draw here and extended their six-game unbeaten streak at home ground, though, but shutting down in-form visitors will not be an easy task on the day either.

Blades have been regularly netting numbers of goals on the road and we’ve seen them find the net twice or more in three of their last three trips – where they beat QPR, Bolton, and Millwall – while only suffering a 1-0 loss at Bristol City along the way. We now expect another exciting occasion and both sides should prove motivated for an extra goal to turn it their way.

Team News:

Defensive duo Charlie Mulgrew and Derrick Williams could return following injury and suspension respectively, as could striker Ben Brereton, who was ineligible to play against his former club at the weekend. Right-back Ryan Nyambe could miss out after being withdrawn with a hamstring problem against Forest, and Dominic Samuel (ACL) and Ben Gladwin (knee) remain long-term absentees. Tony Mowbray is expected to give further updates in his pre-match press conference.

Chris Wilder is likely to name an unchanged side for the third game is a row and the boy-hood Blade seems to have his favoured starting XI nailed. However, on the off chance of changes, Kean Bryan played 90 minutes for the U23s as he looks to get match fit to challenge what is already a good group of fullbacks. Paul Coutts featured on the bench at the Den on Saturday afternoon and could get a few minutes under his belt for the first time in nearly a year. John Egan got a nasty cut against Millwall but is likely to feature on Wednesday night.

Head-to-head:

  • The sides have last met in 2007 and Blackburn bagged a 2-1 win at Ewood Park.
  • Sheffield last earned a win over the Rovers in 2000, with two draws and a loss in their last three matchups.
  • Sheffield United have only won 3 times against Blackburn in the previous 15 meetings – a run stretching back over 30 years

Prediction:

Blackburn 1 – 1 Sheffield United

Sheffield United have been free flowing and attacking in recent weeks. But this hasn’t come without defensive frailties. Over the last two games, Sheffield United have conceded four goals in a total of six minutes of football which shows Chris Wilders side can often lack a level of concentration.

Blackburn on the other hand have a very similar track record of working with the philosophy of “score more than they do”.

But with this game, I feel it will be a big ask for the Blades to win back to back away games, so 1 – 1 is a likely score line.

Picture Credit: Sheffield United

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