Sky Sports pundit David Prutton has suggested that Sheffield United could finally be set to end their winless start to the Championship season by edging out Peterborough United at Bramall Lane.
It has been a dismal start to life as Sheffield United manager for Slavisa Jokanovic, who has only managed to pick up two points from a possible 15 during the opening five matches.
The Blades were able to at least pick up just their second point of the campaign last time out when they held Luton Town to a goalless draw at Kenilworth Road.
However, Sheffield United simply have to start winning matches again if they are to have any chance of climbing the table and getting closer towards where they will be expected to be come the end of the campaign.
Sheffield United did finally manage to make some much-needed additions to their squad before the summer transfer window came to an end.
Crucially a new goalkeeper was added in the shape of Robin Olsen, while their midfield was significantly strengthened with the arrivals of both Conor Hourihane and Morgan Gibbs-White.
Peterborough, meanwhile, will be frustrated that they headed into the international break on the back of a 1-0 defeat to West Brom.
That game saw them deliver a solid performance against one of the best sides in the division, but they were ultimately unable to take a point thanks to a late winner for the Baggies.
That result was Peterborough’s second successive defeat and means they sit in 20th place in the table having collected four points from their opening five matches.
It is vital that Darren Ferguson’s side keep plugging away and look to pick up as many wins as possible. They have shown signs that they can be competitive in the Championship this term though.
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Making his latest round of predictions for Sky Sports, Prutton suggested that Sheffield United might finally be able to get off the mark for the campaign. He believes that they could be able to edge out Peterborough and secure a 1-0 win.
He wrote: “Sheffield United need a spark from somewhere. They still have just one goal all season, and are taking a while to get going under Slavisa Jokanovic. His Fulham sides used to start quite slowly in this league so there is previous there, but they need to get a move on sooner or later.
“Darren Ferguson has had a couple of weeks to calm down after that late, late defeat against West Brom and from all the aftermath there. I keep backing the Blades to get their first win, and I look at both of these squads and I just have to do it one more time.”
This game is simply enormous for Jokanovic and Sheffield United. It would be difficult to see how they could possibly recover if they suffer another defeat at home against a side that has just come up from League One.
The Blades made some positive additions to their squad before the window closes. Now it will be vital that Jokanovic finds the right way of bedding them in as quickly as possible.
Sheffield United need an early goal you sense to instill some confidence into them, and if they could get that then it might turn out to be a much more positive afternoon for them.
However, Peterborough are not in the Championship just to make up the numbers this term. They will be determined to try and take something from the game after they were narrowly beaten by West Brom last time out.
This could be a very tense a tight match at Bramall Lane and it will come down to whether the Blades can show their quality at last this term or not.