Struggling Sheffield United take on a hopelessly out-of-form Southampton in the Premier League at Bramall Lane on Saturday.
The Blades are propping up the top flight table but they did manage to win midweek against an abject Aston Villa side, with the 1-0 home win just their 4th victory of the season.
The 3 points meant that Sheffield United move on to 14 for the season and avoid matching Derby County’s unwanted record for the lowest points total in a Premier League campaign.
Despite this, Chris Wilder’s side look nailed on to be relegated back to the Championship after just two seasons.
Although relegation looks far more certain for Sheffield United than it does for opponents Southampton, Ralph Hasenhuttl’s Saints may still be nervously looking over their shoulders as they hover above the dotted line.
Southampton’s form has taken a nosedive in recent weeks, with their 1-0 triumph over Liverpool in January the last time Hasenhuttl tasted top flight victory.
Saints have lost 8 of their last 9 games since beating the Reds including a 9-0 thrashing away at Manchester United – the second 9-0 defeat for the club in consecutive seasons after Leicester put them to the sword in 2019/20.
Their dismal form has seen them go from one-time league leaders to 14th in the Premier League standings, 7 points above the relegation zone.
Both of these sides are ravaged with injuries right now, too, although Southampton’s fitness concerns are slowly easing.
Hasenhuttl won’t have Theo Walcott, Michael Obafemi or Oriol Romeu at his disposal against Sheffield United, but Moussa Dejenepo, Takumi Minamino, Kyle Walker-Peters and Ibrahima Diallo will all be put through late fitness tests to determine their availability for Saturday’s game.
The Blades meanwhile have more definite absentees, with John Egan, Chris Basham, Sander Berge, Jayden Bogle and Jack Robinson all missing with injury, whilst Phil Jagielka will sit out the weekend’s action with suspension after being sent off on Wednesday against Aston Villa.
Sheffield United v Southampton is a 3pm kick off on Saturday, 6th March.
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