The Steel City derby takes place at Hillsborough tonight with Sheffield United making the short journey across the city knowing that a win will take them into the promotion spots in the Championship.
Tonight’s clash may well be the most significant one in years, with Chris Wilder’s Blades side in a great position to be promoted to the Premier League for the first time since their relegation in 2007.
Sheffield Wednesday, on the other hand, come into the game on the back of a resurgence in form thanks to new manager Steve Bruce.
Bruce, who started his managerial career at Sheffield United, takes charge of his first Steel City derby, and can leapfrog his former team Aston Villa with a win tonight.
The Owls boss issued a rally cry ahead of the fixture.
He said: “I’ve always said in a derby form goes out of the window. It’s on the occasion, who handles it the best and who doesn’t make the mistakes.
“The whole of the country will be watching the Sheffield game so let’s make it a spectacle.
“It’s all about one thing – getting a win for your supporters so they go to work the next morning in a better frame of mind than the other team.”
Sheffield United have won the last three fixtures without conceding a goal – two of which against fellow top six opposition.
Manager Chris Wilder said: “We won’t change our way.”
He added: “There’s been a lot of talk about being frightened to lose. There’s no way we’ve had that attitude in the three games that we’ve played.”
A win for the Blades would take them above Leeds in the table, but it is uncertain whether they have the steel to grind out a result against a stubborn Wednesday side.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm.