Rock bottom Sheffield United continue the search for their first Premier League win of the season when they travel to Brighton and Hove Albion on Sunday.
The Blades 2-3 home defeat to Manchester United on Thursday means that with just a single point from their opening 13 matches, Chris Wilder’s side have officially made the worst start to an English top flight season since the league was established 132 years ago in 1888.
There was no lack of effort from Sheffield United midweek though – but some questionable goalkeeping from £20m summer signing Aaron Ramsdale arguably may have cost his side.
Brighton meanwhile head in to this encounter off the back of a far less thrilling affair with Fulham on Wednesday.
The 0-0 scoreline leaves the Seagulls on 11 points and just two clear of the dotted line before the clash with Sheffield United.
Albion did have the ball in the net against Fulham through Adam Lallana, but the new signing was denied his first goal in Brighton colours following a VAR review.
Blades boss Chris Wilder said he was pleased with his players’ application against Manchester United, something he didn’t see in the previous loss to Southampton – but the endeavour shown by Sander Berge may be absent for Sheffield United against Brighton as he picked up a knock in Thursday’s game.
Jack O’Connell remains a long term absentee, whilst Oli McBurnie is likely to be put through a late fitness test.
Brighton are likely to see Tariq Lamptey feature again on Sunday despite picking up a knock against Fulham, with boss Graham Potter due to make a late decision on his availability.
Aside from that, long term injuries to Florin Andone and Jose Izquierdo continue to rule them out.
Brighton v Sheffield United is a 12pm kick off on Sunday 20th December.