Sheffield United Preview vs Leeds United (H)

Sheffield United will be hoping to extend their unbeaten run at home as they host high-flying county rivals Leeds United in a top of the table clash this early Saturday in the Sky Bet Championship

This is another local derby for the Blades to deal with. They have drawn with both Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham in recent games, but could we see them take all three points when they welcome Leeds United this weekend?

On top of the local element, this is a big game at the top of the table, United are two points behind Leeds going into this game and could leapfrog over them with a win here. United have only lost one of their last six, but three of those games have resulted in draws and they have to find a way to get wins back on the board if they want to maintain their position in the play-offs.

Leeds have been in very good form recently, and they come here on the back of three wins from their last four games. That has allowed them to move up into an automatic promotion spot recently, something they would love to keep this weekend.

With this being the first game of the week before everyone else plays, Leeds have the chance to move up to the top of the league above Norwich before they play. That would put a little more pressure on Norwich in their game, something Leeds would like to apply.

Match Stats

  • Sheffield United have only lost one of their last 11 encounters with Leeds United in all competitions, a run dating all the way back to September 1993.
  • Leeds United have only won two games at Bramall Lane in all competitions since November 1974.
  • In the 80 games in which Sheffield United and Leeds United have competed in, the game has only ever finished 0-0 on three occasions.

Prediction

Sheffield United 3 – 2 Leeds United

Perhaps I am being a little optimistic with this one but hear me out. Sheffield United have not been playing up to there expected standards recently, the game last weekend against Rotherham a clear example.

However, one thing that can not be questioned is there ability to bounce back. Chris Wilder will be doing everything this weekend to reiterate the importance of this game. It would seem strange to me if Sheffield United didn’t come out with the same style, passion and flow they did in their last home encounter with Sheffield Wednesday.

The only difference with that game and this one is the fact that Leeds United will try and play football and play it well, which will make for an incredibly interesting match up. 3 – 2.

Picture Credit: Sheffield United

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