Premier League: Sheffield United v Leeds United

Just over 2 years ago, it seemed hard to imagine that this fixture could take place in the top flight, but after a rollercoaster 24 months for both clubs the Blades will host the Whites in the Premier League on Sunday lunchtime.

Sheffield United were the dark horses of last season’s competition, finishing in the top 10 at the end of the campaign despite several tipping them for an immediate return to the Championship.

However, 2020/21 has not got off to the greatest start from a Blades perspective, with the usually solid Sheffield United defence looking unusually leaky – resulting in two defeats from their opening two matches.

For newly promoted Leeds, their 16-year absence from the Premier League has been ended with a host of goals in their games so far, with two 4-3 results – a loss against Champions Liverpool and victory over Fulham respectively.

Leeds boss Marcelo Bielsa can be confident of the ability of his side to score goals – something which may concern Blades manager Chris Wilder, who will be without the suspended John Egan following his red card last week.

Wilder will also be without striker Lys Mousset, who is out for an unknown period of time with an ankle injury which required an operation.

Leeds have been boosted on the injury front in recent days with the return of influential skipper Liam Cooper to the side – however, Pablo Hernandez and Adam Forshaw will both miss out against Sheffield United with groin issues.

Sheffield United v Leeds United at Bramall Lane is a 1200 kick off on Sunday 27th September.

Blades’ Chris Basham Excited for Leeds United Test

18 months ago, Basham scored the only goal of the game as the Blades beat Leeds in a vital game in the Championship, when both teams were fighting for automatic promotion.

The defender’s strike ensured Chris Wilder’s side leapfrogged the Whites, and a late-season capitulation from Marcelo Bielsa’s squad ensured only one Yorkshire side went up that year, with Norwich clinching the title.

Speaking about the game, Basham said: “Yorkshire derby, we have seen how good Leeds have been since they have come into the Premier League. So, it is a big game for us and it is an opportunity for us to take in a Yorkshire derby. And obviously I have been there and hopefully I can do what I did last time.”

Leeds will likely start as favourites for the game, having scored seven goals in their first two Premier League game. Meanwhile, Chris Wilder will be hoping for a late birthday present in the form of a goal, having not seen his side hit the back of the net in the top flight yet this season.