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Sheffield United: Chris Wilder shouldn’t let clash with Leeds United define season

Sheffield United: Chris Wilder shouldn’t let clash with Leeds United define season

Saturday’s Yorkshire derby between Leeds United and Sheffield United promises to be one of the Championship’s showpiece fixtures for this season.

Both sides have been demonstrating superb brands of football with Marcelo Bielsa’s position-driven style capturing the hearts and minds of supporters at Elland Road whilst Chris Wilder’s deployment of forward-thinking central-defenders (yes, really) has paid off considerably for his side.

Despite having a budget which is dwarfed by the majority of their competitors in the second tier, the Blades have surpassed all expectations this year with the club sitting just one point behind second-placed Norwich City in the standings.

The form of veteran forward Billy Sharp has been nothing short exceptional with the 33 year-old scoring 22 goals for United in the league this season whilst Chris Basham, Jon Fleck and Oliver Norwood have all impressed over the past few months.

A win for Wilder’s side on Saturday would see them move above Leeds in the table whilst a defeat at Elland Road would allow their promotion rivals to stretch the gap between the two sides to five points. However, regardless of what happens in the fixture at the weekend, it won’t be the defining moment of the season for either side.

Following the Leeds clash, there will still be 24 points up for grabs from the last eight games for United. Giving the fact that the Blades are currently on an unbeaten run of 15 matches, it is not entirely impossible that they could extend that until the end of the season.

Whilst in charge of Northampton Town in 2016, Wilder inspired a run of 24 games without defeat to finish the season as League Two champions whilst a year later he achieved a similar feat with United as they stormed to the League One title.

With four games left at Bramall Lane, the Blades will be confident of picking up maximum points, especially when you consider that they boast the best home record in the Championship this season.

Five losses on their travels is by no means bad but they will need to avoid any slip-ups when they head to Preston North End, Birmingham City and Hull City in April if they are achieve promotion.

The signs are good for United to make their return to the Premier League after 12 years away and if they do get promoted, Wilder will secure his place in the history books at the club as the local lad who brought his boyhood side back from the brink.

What do you think Blades fans? What will a result on Saturday mean for your season? Is Wilder already a club legend? Let us know below.

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