As difficult as it is to remain positive as a Hull fan given the start we’ve had, it comes as no surprise that survival from the Championship remains the only plausible ambition for a club that only looks to be heading one way.
The typically feisty fixture between us and Leeds lacked any sense of competitiveness, with the current soul-destroying state once again emanating onto the pitch.
Heading to Bramall Lane, the appetite for a derby remains as downbeat as ever. Playing two Yorkshire rivals in the space of a week would warrant a place on the calendar months before in most years. This time around, however, fans can only hope for anything more than a loss.
The Blades currently occupy 4th spot on the back of two 3-2 victories against strugglers Millwall and Preston heading into their Wednesday fixture with Blackburn.
Their strike partnership of Billy Sharp and David McGoldrick have been in fine form as of late, scoring five combined in their last two league appearances. You’d suspect setting up so deeply as we did against Leeds could cause equal damage to this repeat fixture last season.
With that in mind, I don’t think Adkins has any other choice than to come out and take the game to the opposition. If we sit back and invite pressure with two defensive midfielders supporting the back four the game is only going one way.
Therefore, a Kevin Stewart-less midfield would be ideal, perhaps two of Henriksen, Batty, Irvine (if available) and Toral might give us a chance to get out more often to provide more options going forward.
There was an overriding lack of creativity in the side on Tuesday which lead to just one shot on target; hence why Toral’s composure in possession and ability to exploit the space in between the midfield and defence, which is something we’ve dearly missed in Evandro’s absence, means he should be definitely worth considering for the bench at least.
As a result, this is how I expect us to line-up:
Sheffield United 3-1 Hull City
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