Bramall Lane is the venue for Queens Park Rangers’ trip to face Sheffield United this weekend as the Championship campaign resumes.
The second tier was on hold last weekend to facilitate the hotly anticipated third round of the FA Cup as it does every January.
But attention for both sides turns back to matters for points rather than cup progression.
Chris Wilder’s team have one defeat in their last six and have won their previous three games in a row in the league.
After a cup-upset against non-league Barnet, the Blades will need to serve up a performance to apologise for the giant-killing.
Wilder’s men are third in the division and could move up to second if results go their way.
QPR, meanwhile, could move within one point of the top six if they manage to blunt the Blades tomorrow afternoon and extend their unbeaten run to six matches.
Ahead of the game, Sky Sports enlisted the help of pundit David Prutton to cast his eye over this particular fixture.
The EFL presenter said: “Sheffield United are here to stay in the top-six battle. Last year they slumped badly at the midway point, but they have won their last three in a row.
“QPR are also unbeaten in five and look set for an unlikely promotion push.
“They got a good draw at Aston Villa last time out and then beat Leeds in the FA Cup, but I think the Blades will be too strong for them at Bramall Lane, 2-0.”
Not the most intense clash in the Championship this weekend, but one of the more interesting.
Both sides are desperate for the points for their own promotion prospects, with United looking to move second and QPR hoping to close the gap on Derby County in sixth place.
It will be a war of attrition, and I can’t see either side scoring too many goals, as neither side will want to lose but will have to risk enough to try and win it.
The Blades have been on a good run as of late, and I can see them narrowly beating their opponents from the capital on Saturday.
Thoughts? Let us know!
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