Leeds hope to push Sheffield United closer to relegation in a Yorkshire derby on Saturday
A Yorkshire derby is on offer on Saturday afternoon, as Sheffield United make the short trip across the White Rose county to face Leeds United at Elland Road.
The Blades might have hoped to make some movement on appointing a new manager during the international break, but still no progress has been confirmed, despite former Watford manager Slavisa Jokanovic emerging as the favourite. As a result, former Leeds boss Paul Heckingbottom will lead them into battle against his former employer once again.
Back in 2018, Heckingbottom actually lost his first game in charge of Leeds against Sheffield United, en route to being dismissed by the Whites after just four months in charge. His replacement was Marcelo Bielsa, and you’d have got long odds on both being Premier League managers the next time they met.
Bielsa will likely be without Polish midfielder Mateusz Klich for the visit of the Blades, after he tested positive for COVID while on international duty. Adam Forshaw is a long-term absentee, but Liam Cooper, Rodrigo and Pablo Hernandez are all available.
As things stand, Sheffield United could be relegated officially in five games’ time, so they could do with some of their injured players returning. Unfortunately, this game comes too soon for the likes of John Egan, Sander Berge and Chris Basham, while former Leeds striker Billy Sharp is also out.
Enda Stevens is the only positive news, as the wing-back returned from Ireland duty with a knock but has been training this week and should be available.
Leeds take on Sheffield United at Elland Road on Saturday, April 3rd. Kick-off is at 3pm