Sheffield United ended a four-game winning run at the weekend with a 1-0 defeat to Swansea City.

The Blades went into the match in fine form having not lost in the Championship since December 14.

However, their loss to the Swans allowed Norwich City to leapfrog them back into second in the table.

The game at the Liberty Stadium was shown live on Sky Sports on Saturday evening. When United last lost – at home to West Bromwich Albion – the fixture was also televised.

In fact, Chris Wilder’s side have a surprisingly poor record this season when shown on TV, considering how well they have done overall.

United form when on TV

The defeat in Swansea was the ninth time the Blades have been live on Sky Sports this season. It was also the fifth time they have lost when the television cameras are in town.

On the opening day of the 2018/19 campaign United were also beaten by the Swans at home 2-1. They have lost at Bramall Lane to Leeds United and away at Derby County when on the box as well.

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Added to that are further televised stalemates in South Yorkshire grudge matches, drawing 0-0 at home to Sheffield Wednesday and 2-2 away at Rotherham United.

In fact the Blades have only been victorious twice in nine attempts when on TV. They won 2-0 at Reading on December 8 and then beat Derby 3-1 on Boxing Day.

United only triumph 22 percent of the time when they are shown live by Sky Sports. That is in stark contrast to their overall record in the league this term, when they have won 54 percent of the time.

Likewise, they lose 56 percent of the time when on television. Yet in total this season they have only actually lost 29 percent of their matches in the Championship.

It seems the Blades are a little camera-shy, which is unfortunate because they are on TV again on February 8 for their trip to Aston Villa.

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