Sheffield United are looking to pick up their first win and their first Premier League goal since football has returned, so their upcoming fixture against Tottenham Hotspur is a crucial one which could give them a great morale boost before the final six games of the campaign, or could continue their poor form.
A win could see the Blades reignite their hopes for a European spot, as a victory would place them above Spurs and into seventh place, which is currently the final Europa League qualification spot.
Here is the Transfer Tavern predicted Sheffield United starting XI, which sees Chris Wilder make two changes for the fixture from their last outing against Arsenal in the FA Cup.
Dean Henderson will remain in goal, however there could be various changes in the back five as Wilder tries to strengthen the defence that has conceded eight goals in their last four fixtures.
Wilder has also given a lot of praise to Jack Robinson, who has filled in whilst O’Connell has been injured, as he said via Yorkshire Live, “I think Jack Robinson has been our best player in the last three games overall, his performances have been really consistent”
These comments seem to highlight that the player can’t currently be dropped, and with Enda Stevens not performing at his best, with unrecognisable mistakes like the one against Newcastle United happening since football has returned, he could be dropped with Robinson switching to the left wing-back role.
John Lundstram was injured in the FA Cup fixture against Arsenal, and Wilder has spoken about his injury, saying, “He had a scan this morning so it’s dependent on that, looking back it was an awkward fall so he’s touch and go for Thursday.”
With this in mind, it looks like the central midfielder will not be risked, which means that January signing Sander Berge will most likely come in to replace him.
David McGoldrick scored for the Blades at the weekend, and it is their first goal in all competitions since football returned, so Wilder will probably keep him in the side and hope he can keep up the good form, with Oli McBurnie partnering him.
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