Chris Wilder’s team simply cannot catch a break right now and without a dramatic swing in form they look destined for a Championship return in the New Year.
And the likeable boss will have a few changes enforced on him as he looks to break the hex against the Blues.
John Lundstrum starts a three game ban this weekend with striker Oli McBurnie laid low with a hamstring problem.
However, Jadon Bogle and Oli Burke both impressed off the bench against Brighton last time out and Wilder could bring the pair in from the start.
Everton boss Carlo Ancelotti has injury problems of his own to deal ahead of this one with the Italian confirming that Allan and Lucas Digne remain out.
However, star man James Rodriguez could be fit enough to return with skipper Seamus Coleman also back in action.
And this showdown in West Yorkshire completes the Boxing Day action with an 8pm kick off at Bramall Lane.