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STAR PREVIEW: Sheffield United v West Ham

It has been quite the rollercoaster season for Sheffield United and fans will get a taste of Friday Night football at Bramall Lane when West Ham come to visit. Chris Wilder’s side come here off two defeats, but there’s a significant caveat – they have come against Manchester City and Liverpool, and what’s more they’ve come on the road too. Wilder’s men, who have taken the Premier League by storm this season, are in the thick of the fight for European places – Chelsea are fourth with 36 points, just seven ahead of them – and could find this a drop in class, but it would be foolish to put this fixture in the ‘easy’ category.

For one, Sheffield United’s away record – they are fifth in the Premier League’s away table – is far superior to their home form – four wins, two draws and four losses. It’s possible that the reactive football Chris Wilder has used so effectively, based around full-backs George Baldock and Chris Basham whilst Oliver Norwood, Enda Stevens and John Fleck all pack the midfield, is better suited on the road.

Sheffield United v West Ham
Premier League
20:00 Sky Sports Premier League / Sky Sports Main Event / Sky Sports Ultra HD

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OCT 2019 PREMIER LEAGUE West Ham 1-1 Sheffield United
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West Ham have returned to David Moyes in a bid to salvage their season, and the immediate bounce has been good – a rejuvenated West Ham stormed to a 4-0 win over Bournemouth in his first league game back and they have since ground out a 2-0 FA Cup win at Gillingham to boot.

It’s of course, worth noting that Bournemouth have been in dreadful form but West Ham have been better on the road than at home – they’ve taken more points away from London than not – and they’ve won at Chelsea and Southampton whilst losing pretty much all other games.

Moyes does have talent at his disposal and it’s a good sign for Hammers fans that Sèbastien Haller and Felipe Anderson – two key talents both scored against Bournemouth, whilst Lukasz Fabianski played only his second game since late September. If those three can be kept fit and firing, then West Ham could improve and very quickly indeed.

It’s interesting to note that they kept Sheffield United to a 1-1 draw during Pellegrini’s term in the dugout, and perhaps the value might be in backing the spoils to be shared this time around.

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