Sheffield United face Premier League final day test at Southampton

Blades boss Chris Wilder will be disappointed the clash is a dead rubber, as his side stayed in the running for a European place for the bulk of the season.

European football would’ve been a fitting end to an impressive top-flight return, but unfortunately, the Blades haven fallen short.

For Southampton, this season could have been drastically different following a dismal start to the season form, highlighted by a 9-0 defeat at home to Leicester.

Home form has been an issue for Saints, but they’ve had no such problems on the road, with only Liverpool and Manchester City picking up more away points.

Sheffield United are at full strength this weekend, with Luke Freeman and Ben Osborn expected shake off knocks

Saints boss Ralph Hasenhuttl is without Moussa Djenepo and Soufiane Boufal through injury.

Jan Bednarek and Nathan Tella are rated 50-50 to play against the Blades, with Jack Stephens and Michael Obafemi set to start.

Southampton v Sheffield United at St Mary’s is a 4pm kick off on Sunday, July 26.

Leicester City v Sheffield United: Big clash in battle for Europe

Leicester will be looking to make amends for a turgid display at Bournemouth last time out, which saw them lose 4-1 to the relegation-threatened Cherries.

That defeat loosened their grip on a top 4 berth, with the Foxes now clinging on to the Champions League places by their fingernails.

Pressure manifests itself for Leicester in the form of 5th placed Manchester United, who are level on points and take on out-of-form Crystal Palace later in the evening.

Leicester’s opponents arrive in the form of a rejuvenated Sheffield United, who are still firmly in the hunt for a Europa League berth, despite a turbulent spell of results post-restart.

Chris Wilder has steered the Blades back on track since then, however, and will be looking for a second consecutive victory against teams in the top 4 after his side dispatched Chelsea 3-0 last time out.

There will be plenty of eyes on this one from across the Premier League, with almost the entire top half of the table subject to a possible reshuffle by close of play.

The Blades could end up as high as 6th with victory at the King Power, whereas a much needed 3 points for Leicester will see them trim the gap to 3rd placed Chelsea to just a point.

Sheffield United travel to the East Midlands still sweating on the fitness of John Fleck, who hasn’t featured in any of the Blades’ last 4 games due to injury.

Chris Wilder will also be without the sidelined Luke Freeman and Leon Clarke.

David McGoldrick achieved a childhood dream against Chelsea by bagging a Premier League goal – the brace against the Blues the first top flight strikes of his career – he’ll be looking to score in consecutive games for the first time since January 2019.

Brendan Rodgers will see out the rest of the Premier League season without defender Caglar Soyuncu at his disposal – the impressive centre back is suspended after being shown a red card at Bournemouth for an unnecessary kick out at Callum Wilson.

With games against Spurs and Manchester United still to come, the Turkey international’s absence could be damaging.

Soyuncu’s unavailability leaves holes across the Foxes back-line, with Ricardo Pereira out for the season, and Ben Chilwell said to be touch-and-go to feature.

Jonny Evans is likely to partner on-loan Ryan Bennett at the heart of the Leicester defence.

James Maddison is pushing for inclusion as he steps up his recovery from injury, but Daniel Amartey is definitely out.

Leicester City v Sheffield United is a 6pm kick off on Thursday, July 16.