Last week’s loss to Bristol City was a damaging result for Sheffield United’s promotion hopes.
The Blades were leapfrogged by Leeds United in the Championship standings and saw their unique attacking approach exposed by Robins forward Andreas Weimann whose hat-trick secured a superb comeback for his side at Bramall Lane. However, despite this defeat, Chris Wilder must not be tempted to make any alterations to how side approaches Saturday’s clash against Preston North End.
United’s belief in the 3-5-2 system which they have used for the last three years has delivered spectacular results during this period, with the club rising from League One in 2017 to the incredible situation that they currently find themselves in. A change in formation at this particular time in the season would be a risk that Wilder simply cannot take as they are still in with a great chance to secure automatic promotion to the Premier League.
Indeed, a trip to Deepdale at this stage of the season will test the Blades’ resolve as their opponents are one of a handful of teams fighting for a play-off position in May. However, the Yorkshire-based outfit will take solace from the corresponding fixture with the Lilywhites which saw them prevail 3-2 earlier on this season. Since this clash, both sides have improved and so the showdown at the weekend should provide captivating viewing for the fans in attendance.
By maintaining the status quo, Wilder will not only avoid creating confusion amongst his players but will also give United the best possible chance of beating a Preston side who will be looking to respond to their disappointing 2-1 defeat against Reading last week.
A victory for the Blades could see them overtake Leeds United if Marcelo Bielsa’s side fail to pick up three points at Birmingham City. With the promotion race going down to the wire in the Championship, there is expected to be even more twists and turns in the weeks to come in what is turning out to be a fascinating battle.
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