Struggling Sheffield United welcome a Leicester City side lacking form to Bramall Lane in the Premier League on Sunday.
The Blades have had a torrid start to the new season, picking up just a single point in their opening 10 league games.
That lone point, which came against fellow strugglers Fulham, leaves Sheffield United rock bottom of the Premier League table and at least 6 points from safety heading in to the weekend’s games.
Defeat to another bottom three side in West Bromwich Albion last week will have been a big blow to Blades boss Chris Wilder, whose side have been statistically the worst performing outfit since the top flight resumed in June following a three month layoff due to coronavirus.
The announcement that fans will soon be returning to stadiums may be a welcome boost, then – although it will no doubt be a while before Bramall Lane ushers supporters through the turnstiles with the Yorkshire region currently placed under Tier 3 restrictions.
Although not as bad as their opposition, Leicester City too have hit a rocky patch of form recently.
Brendan Rodgers side have lost back-to-back Premier League games, to sides at opposite ends of the table respectively.
A lacklustre performance against Liverpool was backed up with a turgid display at home to Fulham, which saw the Cottagers run out 1-2 victors.
To make matters worse for the Foxes, they lost in the Europa League midweek as well, going down 1-0 to a late goal from Ukrainian side Zorya Luhansk. To further pile on the misery, defender Caglar Soyuncu limped off during the game with what is believed to be a recurrence of the groin injury which has kept him sidelined for six weeks.
The Turkey centre back is highly doubtful to feature against Sheffield United on Sunday and will be assessed, along with fellow defender Wes Morgan, who aggravated a long-standing back issue in the game against the Ukrainians.
Summer signing Timothy Castagne has also had a spell in the Foxes’ treatment room recently with a thigh injury and is nearing a comeback, although Sunday’s clash may come too soon for the Belgian.
Chris Wilder has three injuries to contend with in his Sheffield United squad, meanwhile, with Chelsea loanee Ethan Ampadu and Republic of Ireland international Enda Stevens both rated 50-50 to be involved against Leicester subject to fitness tests.
Jack O’Connell is a long term injury absentee with a serious knee injury.
Sheffield United v Leicester City is a 2.15pm kick off on Sunday 6th December.