Sheffield United will be hoping to edge closer to the play-offs with three points against Blackpool this weekend.
The Blades are just three points off Luton Town in fifth place but are all the way back in 14th, whilst Saturday’s opposition are in 11th place but are denied a place in the top-six by goal difference.
Slavisa Jokanovic’s side do not have the best record against clubs in the top half this season, picking up just four points from seven games in games teams in the top half of the Championship table.
The Seasiders have picked up 16 points from their last seven games, and despite being promoted to the division via the League One play-offs last time out, they are certainly a side who are deserving of their proximity to the play-offs.
The Blades will be hoping to put a halt to Blackpool’s impressive run of form, but know that they will face a difficult test against a team who have secured great away results in games against Reading and Middlesbrough.
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Here, we take a look at how Sheffield United could line up for Saturday’s contest at Bramall Lane…
Robin Olsen has firmly secured a spot as number 1 for The Blades, meaning that it is very likely that the Swedish international starts again on Saturday.
George Baldock returned to action against Barnsley and grabbed an assist, whilst Enda Stevens is seemingly nailing down the starting spot at left-back. The senior options have both had to fend off the youthful pressure applied by Rhys Norrington-Davies and Jayden Bogle at the start of this campaign.
John Egan and Ben Davies are likely to be deployed at centre-back on Saturday, with Chris Basham expected to be named on the bench once more.
John Fleck and Oliver Norwood have seen a lot of success whilst at The Blades, and they are continuing to start the majority of matches. Sander Berge’s absence means that there is not too much completion for the pair.
The form of Iliman Ndiaye at the start of the campaign has been wonderful, and whilst Morgan Gibbs-White has also been excellent, the 21-year-old might be trusted once more.
Conor Hourihane has not been as impressive since his move from Aston Villa, but he is a player who possesses attacking quality in abundance and will surely start to show that if allowed more game time.
Ben Osborn enjoyed an excellent day at Oakwell last weekend, scoring once and netting twice, and for that reason, there will be no one forcing him out of the starting line up.
In a difficult time for The Blades, Billy Sharp stepped up and helped lead his side out of the rot they found themselves in. However, the athleticism and pace that Lys Mousset brings to the frontline will probably be deemed as the best way to break down The Seasiders.