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Bannan in, £3m-rated star out: The best Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United combined XI

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The first Steel City derby in five years is drawing ever closer, with Sheffield United set to cross the city to face bitter rivals Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough on Saturday afternoon.

A passionate football metropolis, Sheffield is set to come to a standstill as the giants of Yorkshire football do battle, with points and pride up for grabs.

Both Carlos Carvalhal and Chris Wilder will take charge of their first derby, and both will know exactly what is at stake from the fixture.

The two sides have enjoyed great starts to the season, and both have a selection of talented players on their books.

Who would make a combined Sheffield XI however? Here at FLW, we took a look at just that…

Irish goalkeeper Keiren Westwood gets the nod in goal ahead of the Blades Chelsea loanee Jamal Blackman, although the youngster certainly has the potential to emulate the success of the experienced shot-stopper.

A central defensive pairing of Jack O’Connell from the Blades and the Owls’ Tom Lees could become one of the most successful pairings in the division, with Jack Hunt marauding down the right hand side of defence.

Room had to be made for the impressive Adam Reach in this 4-1-2-1-2 formation, and the former Middlesbrough man who has impressed at Wednesday since his move could certainly operate in a more defensive role than he is accustomed to.

Patrolling the midfield is a fully-fit Sam Hutchinson, with John Fleck from the Blades sitting in front alongside the creative Barry Bannan.

Both players have an eye for a pass, and assists would be guaranteed from midfield with this pair in action.

In front of the duo we have Fernando Forestieri, although the Argentinian striker is currently sidelined through injury.

The player is one of the best in the division when fit and on-form, and has to make the side.

Upfront the goal-scoring prowess of Sheffield United legend Billy Sharp cannot be ignored, with the prolific striker edging out £3million-rated Wednesday forward Steven Fletcher.

Partnering Sharp has to be the in-form Gary Hooper, with the former Celtic forward deadly when in and around the six yard box.

It was tough choosing a team from two talented squads, and we truly are in for a spectacle when the two sides meet this weekend.

What changes would you make to this side?


ScoopDragon Football News Network

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