Chris Wilder takes his Sheffield United team to West Ham this weekend looking for another three points.
Fresh off the back of an excellent 1-0 home win against Arsenal on Monday, Wilder will be hoping for more of the same. Another sturdy defensive display contributed heavily to the win over the Gunners.
But Wilder, who is still playing it cool despite his team’s good start to the campaign, insisted that this is as ‘tough as it gets’ for his team in the Premier League.
Speaking at United’s pre-match presser, Wilder admitted that West Ham will be hungry to get something from the game. He identified their loss last time out against Everton as a reason for the Hammers to be right up for the fight, while he praised the quality throughout the London team’s squad.
A tough task ahead
It might have taken the Hammers time to adjust to their new stadium but they are now firmly settled. Despite a loss last time they played at home to Crystal Palace, they have proven their worth with wins over Norwich City and Manchester United this season.
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They did concede five at home to Manchester City, however, many clubs will fall foul of that.
The Hammers sit identical to the Blades when it comes to wins, losses, and defeats this term. There is a lot at stake for both sides.
Something else at stake
This is the first time Sheffield United United have played West Ham in league competition since the Carlos Tevez saga.
While we have covered already what the game might mean to both clubs, it can’t be underestimated.
Both sets of fans will be dying to see their team come out on top. An away win for the Blades fans would no doubt represent some sort of justice.
Hammers fans, on the other hand, will be hoping to inflict another battle wound on United.