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Sheffield United are certainly the dominant force in the City of Steel this season with the Blades winning the Sheffield derby match earlier this season and sitting just outside the top-six as things stand. They started their campaign in excellent fashion and while they have stumbled of late with defeats to the likes of Millwall, Bristol City and Bolton Wanderers, we expect them to once again exert their dominance on the local scene when they face arch-rivals Sheffield Wednesday at Bramall Lane on Friday evening.
The previous meeting between these sides was a thrilling goal-laden affair with the Blades winning 4-2 at Hillsborough, however we don’t envisage things being quite so exciting in this next derby match although we do envisage the hosts running out winners once again.
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Sheffield Wednesday bounced back from a dismal seven-game winless run by thrashing Nottingham Forest 3-0 at the City Ground on Boxing Day, however that proved to be no sign of a turnaround in the Owls’ fortunes and they suffered subsequent defeats to Brentford (2-0) and Championship strugglers Burton Albion (0-3) in their last two outings.
Lee Bullen is now the man in charge of Sheffield Wednesday – albeit in a temporary capacity – and his side sit firmly in the bottom half of the Championship table, a far cry from this time last season when they were riding high in the play-off positions. Clearly talk of promotion is far from Wednesday’s thoughts and given that they are just six points above the bottom three in the table, Bullen will be desperate to get some points on the board and perhaps boost his chances of being offered the managerial role on a permanent basis.
In all honesty, we don’t fancy their chances of managing anything from this clash. United are miles ahead of Wednesday this season and while the Blades have stumbled of late and find themselves out of the top six (by a solitary point), we expect them to see off their arch-rivals and collect all three points in what will nevertheless be a goal-filled affair.
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