Sheffield United v Leeds United: The lowdown on the Blades injuries, stats, form and formation

Leeds United make the trip to Sheffield United on Saturday lunchtime but what do you need to know about the Blades ahead of the Yorkshire derby?

By The Newsroom
Friday, 30th November 2018, 12:22 pm
Updated Friday, 30th November 2018, 12:30 pm
Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp.
Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp.

Let's take a closer look...

What injuries do Sheffield United have?

Chris Wilder is expected to have a full squad fit and available to select from for this weekend's Yorkshire derby with George Baldock the only absentee for the midweek trip to Brentford.

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Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp.

Baldock is expected to be back and ready for inclusion after missing the visit to Griffin Park due to illness.

What is Sheffield United's current form?

Current form: WLDDW

Sheffield United returned to winning ways on Tuesday evening as they toppled Brentford at Griffin Park 3-2. Two draws against Yorkshire neighbours Rotherham United and rivals Sheffield Wednesday preceded that before a 1-0 away defeat to Nottingham Forest.

The run of form has seen the Blades fall to 5th in the Championship table after leading the way just a few weeks ago. Chris Wilder's men sit two points off the Whites and three points from table toppers Norwich City heading into this weekend's clash.

What formation do Sheffield United play?

Preferred formation: 3-4-1-2

Chris Wilder has opted for his favoured 3-4-1-2 formation on 12 occasions this season whilst having also used 3-5-2 four times, 5-3-2 twice and 3-4-2-1 just once.

Last time out at Brentford the Blades opted for a 3-5-2 formation which saw them overcome the Bees 3-2.

Should Wilder opt for two up front Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa more often than not matches up by having three centre-backs in a 3-3-1-3 formation which could see Kalvin Phillipsand Liam Cooper joined by the returning Pontus Jansson in the heart of defence.

What are Sheffield United's key stats this season...

Games played: 19

Goals scored: 32

Goals conceded: 21

Yellow cards: 30

Red cards: 0

Shots per game (avg): 12.9

Possession (avg): 52.3%

Top goalscorer: Billy Sharp (10)

Top assists: Enda Stevens (5)

Home form - W5 D3 L1

Things to look out for...

Sheffield United have lost just one of their past 11 games against Leeds in all competitions (W7 D3).

Leeds have not won at Bramall Lane since April 1992.

Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp has scored six goals in his last four league appearances against the Whites.

Sheffield United are currently unbeaten in eight league games at Bramall Lane (W5 D4).