Sheffield United vs Aston Villa
Sky Bet Championship
19.45 – Tuesday 30th January 2018
Bramall Lane, Sheffield.
Sheffield United will welcome Steve Bruce and his Aston Villa side to Bramall Lane for tonight’s Championship game, live on Sky Sports.
Bruce will be hoping that his side can build on their recent form, having won their last four league games and only conceding one goal (at home to Barnsley). This is a very tricky fixture as we saw earlier in the season, in a game where we bottled a 2-0 lead against the blades and it finished 2-2.
A win for Bruce’s men could see them move into 3rd place and only behind Derby on goal difference (dependent on other results). If we can somehow manage to win by four goals, then we could find ourselves sat in 2nd place.
Sheffield United are a very good attacking team, as we saw at Villa Park – with players like Leon Clarke and David Brooks, their counter attacks can be frightening.
The Blades will fancy themselves today as they arrive on a five-game unbeaten run that includes a cup win last weekend and a draw to local rivals Sheffield Wednesday. As well as this, they have the home advantage on their side.
New signing Axel Tuanzebe is eligible and ready to make his Aston villa debut tonight and is likely to appear at some point.
Backup goalkeeper Jed Steer has been ruled out for some time after going under the knife for a shoulder injury. Chris Samba returned to training this week but it is thought that tomorrows game has come to early for the big defender. Gabriel Agbonlahor has also returned to training.
The controversial Ched Evans could also make his first league appearance in a while, as he came off the bench in their recent cup fixture.
United could bring in new signings Ricky Holmes, Lee Evans and Ryan Leonard who were all ineligible to face Preston. Billy Sharp is pushing for a return but it is thought David Brooks will be out with illness.
- Scott Hogan has scored four goals in his past three Championship games – he had scored once for Aston Villa in the Championship in 31 previous appearances before this run.
- Sheffield United are winless in eight league games against Aston Villa (D3 L5) since a 2-0 win in the top flight in December 1991.
- Villa have not lost at Bramall Lane in the second tier since November 1969, when they were hammered 5-0.
Our Fantastic supporters have once again sold out an away allocation for a Tuesday night game that’s also on sky. Tremendous from the Villa faithful as usual.
Sheffield United are still selling tickets in the home end priced from £30.
LIVE MATCH CHAT
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Myself: Sheffield United 1-2 Villa
Alex Othen: Sheffield United 0-2 Villa
Nick Sanders: Sheffield United 1-2 Villa
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