Aston Villa and Sheffield United will meet each other on Friday night at Villa Park as they prepare to do battle in the Championship.
Both sides have had contrasting seasons so far, with The Villans having struggled for consistency whilst The Blades have been battling for an unlikely automatic promotion spot to the Premier League next season.
Dean Smith’s side have had to rely on Tammy Abraham for goals at times throughout the campaign, whilst Chris Wilder has had the experienced Billy Sharp hitting the back of the net on a regular basis.
But, which striker is better?
Abraham joined Aston Villa on loan in the summer from Chelsea and has been in red-hot form for the club.
The England Under-21 international is thought to have attracted plenty of Premier League interest from Wolverhampton Wanderers with his ability and it is not hard to see why – although he did turn the move down.
The forward has hit 19 goals in his 23 Championship appearances for Smith’s side as they hover outside the playoffs.
Abraham has been vital to the club’s resurgence under Smith as they look to win promotion to the Premier League, however, he has had games where he looks extremely ordinary.
Their recent fixture against Reading was a prime example as he failed to make a real impact on the pitch as the two sides drew 0-0.
TT Grade: B+
Sharp may be at the other end of his career, however, the 33-year-old has shown how important he can be to Sheffield United and their promotion ambitions.
The forward, who has generally been prolific in front of goal regardless of what club he has played for, has continued his fine form for The Blades.
The striker has hit 19 goals in his 28 Championship appearances, significantly improving on last season’s tally of 13.
Sharp also appears to be a player that gets better with age and despite maybe lacking some of the technical ability modern strikers may have, he is one man that can always be relied upon to come up with the goods.
TT Grade: B
Both players might be at different stages of their careers, but they have both showed how important they are to their respective clubs this season.
Abraham, however, takes the win in this battle as he has the potential to return to Chelsea and make a name for himself at Stamford Bridge in the future, whilst Sharp may get his chance back in the top-flight with Sheffield United.
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