Sheffield Utd v Leeds Utd - MATCH THREAD - Hernandez still out, Roberts in for Rodrigo
23 Sep 2020 06:07 pm, by Ellandback1
Sheffield Utd v Leeds Utd
Sunday 27th September 2020 12.00 | Bramall Lane | Live on BT Sport 1
Leeds travel down to Bramall Lane on Sunday hoping to build on their fantastic start to Premiership life for the first time in sixteen years. Bragging rights up for grabs as to who the best team in Yorkshire are.
Pablo Hernandez will miss out, the 35 year old having picked up a groin strain whilst warming up against Fulham. Tyler Roberts will come into the side in his place having impressed as a second half substitute against Fulham. Record signinging Rodrigo will drop to the bench. Adam Foreshaw has suffered a slight setback in his recorvery and although he has returned to training on the grass it will be a long time before he is avaialble for first team seelction. Diego Llorente was available for selection after joining from Real Sociedad earlier this week though he will not feature this weekend as Robin Koch retains his place alongside Liam Cooper with Pascal Struijk providing cover on the bench.
Sheffield United are suffering their biggest slump under Chris Wilder's tenure. They lost their last three games of last season, and their bad form has continued during the infant stages of the 2020-21 Premier League season. They lost at home to Wolves on the opening game of the season and also returned home from Villa Park without any points, though having John Egan sent off after only twelve minutes did not help their cause. The Blades have been quite conservative with their Summer spending. They have splashed out £15m for Derby duo Max Lowe and Jayden Bogle, brought in Chelsea defender Ethan Ampadu on a season-long loan and swapped Callum Robinson with Oliver Burke (WBA).
This is the first top-flight meeting between the sides since a 2-2 draw at Bramall Lane in March 1994 though the teams have played each other ten times in the Championship over the past sixteen years. Sheffield United have won four of the past five league meetings but honours were shared back in 2018-2019 with both teams earning a 1-0 victory each. Leeds have lost six of their past nine visits to Bramall Lane in all competitions. This will be the first Yorkshire derby in the Premier League since May 2001, when Leeds beat Bradford City 6-1.
Leeds United Starting XI
Meslier, Ayling, Koch, Cooper, Dallas, Phillips, Costa, Roberts, Klich, Harrison, Bamford
Leeds Subs: Poveda, Alioski, Rodrigo, Struijk, Davis, Caprile, Shackleton