Blades back on form for top-of-the-table clash

Sheffield United will look to continue their good form as they host Leeds United in a top of the table clash on Saturday.

A win would see United leapfrog Leeds in the Championship table, with both teams in very promising positions going into the game. 

The Blades go into the fixture on the back of a hard-fought victory over Brentford on Tuesday night.

Manager Chris Wilder was delighted at his team’s response to the poor performance at Rotherham last weekend.

He said: “We didn’t compete on Saturday, but we showed unbelievable character to bounce back and get the win on Tuesday. That’s what pleases me the most about this team.”

Their opposition, Leeds United, have had an exciting start to the season under Argentinian coach Marcelo Bielsa but Wilder says although Leeds’ style of play is aesthetically pleasing, it is sometimes better to be simple.

He said: “We try and be effective. We are not a footballing side, we want to be a complete side, we want to try and do every aspect of the game.

“On Tuesday, we played, we created, we defended well. It’s far from a perfect performance but there were a lot of positives.”

The Sheffield United manager confirmed there were no fresh injury concerns ahead of the Yorkshire derby. He also played down questions over whether Leeds were bigger enemies than city rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

Captain Billy Sharp scored three goals against Leeds, and is looking to carry his Yorkshire derby form through to this seasons fixtures between the clubs.

He said: “I seem to do well against Leeds. It’s not that I lift my game – I try to play to 110 percent every game and that’s what I’m looking to do on Saturday.” 

The ex-Leeds striker has netted 11 goals so far this season, and admits he looks out for promotion rivals Leeds’ results at the weekend.

The match will be televised on Sky Sports and promises to be an intense fixture in front of a packed crowd at Bramall Lane with kickoff at 12.30pm.