Manchester City will cross the Pennines on Saturday lunchtime as they head to Bramall Lane to play Sheffield United in the Premier League.
City head in to the encounter off the back of a 0-3 Champions League victory at Marseille, with Raheem Sterling, Ilkay Gundogan and Ferran Torres the scorers in the south of France.
New signing Torres was deployed up front by manager Pep Guardiola in the absence of strikers Sergio Aguero and Gabriel Jesus, who both have knocks.
We could see Guardiola use the same tactic again against Sheffield United on Saturday, as 17-year-old Liam Delap would be the club’s only fit first-team striker should Jesus not recover from a thigh injury in time.
In fact, Manchester City still have a number of injuries to contend with, including the 6-week absence of Fernandinho and knocks for Nathan Ake and Benjamin Mendy, as well as Aguero.
Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has fitness issues of his own, with some key players on the sidelines.
John Fleck, Jack O’Connell and Lys Mousset all remain absent, but Max Lowe will return to the matchday squad after recovering from a concussion.
It has been a dreadful start to the season for the Blades, who currently sit second bottom of the table having accrued just one point from their opening 6 games – and that was a 1-1 draw with bottom side Fulham at Bramall Lane.
But it is the fearsome Manchester City who they welcome to Yorkshire this time around, and although depleted, Guardiola’s side will pose a difficult test.
However, last season we saw the Blades come to life in these sorts of games – Chris Wilder will be hoping that first 3 points of the season comes sooner rather than later, regardless of the opposition.
Sheffield United v Manchester City in the Premier League is a 1230 kick off on Saturday 31st October.