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Burnley preview: Blades have big decision to make up front
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Burnley preview: Blades have big decision to make up front

Burnley are the visitors this weekend as the Blades play host to Sean Dyche’s men at Bramall Lane. 

Only one point splits the teams, although five places in the table suggest a wider margin. United will be looking to build on an unbeaten October, while Burnley will hope to put consecutive defeats behind them.

For Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United, it represents another massive chance for three points. Every game in the Premier League is a difficult one but this is one where fans will be hopeful of three points.

Sean Dyche, Burnley – (Photo by MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Burnley are not to be taken lightly, although, in a league of big spenders and huge squads, the Clarets are closer to the level of United than most.


Last weekend’s draw at West Ham was another step in the right direction for the Blades. A Lys Mousset goal enough to hand them a share of the spoils down in London.

But ahead of hosting Burnley, boss Wilder has some decisions to make, especially in one key area.

Choices up top

Despite being low in the goals scored column this term, United do have options to choose from. David McGoldrick has become the centre-piece of the attack it seems, with who’s partnering him being the key question.

Last weekend saw Callum Robinson get the nod. The former Preston man was not involved too much at West Ham and was withdrawn not long after half-time.

Callum Robinson, Blades – (Photo by Arfa Griffiths/West Ham United FC via Getty Images)

Billy Sharp came on and did well in the main. His hold up play and presence in the box was a massive plus for Wilder’s men. Lys Mousset, on the other hand, was the headline grabber again as he got his second goal in the space of a week.

Then there is Oli McBurnie. Out of the team in the last two games and no doubt itching for a start.

McBurnie to get the nod?

The big Scot has seemingly been left out ever since being arrested for drink-driving. Although Chris Wilder denies it’s influenced his selection, it’s hard to not question if it has played some part in the Blades manager’s choice of first XI.

Historically and traditionally, Burnley are an aerially dominant team. This might well open the door for £20m man McBurnie to get the nod given his presence.

Oli McBurnie, Sheffield United – (Photo by Marc Atkins/Getty Images)

He showed against Leicester he can be a handful and finish crosses off, so this weekend could be perfect for him.

Lots of fans are calling on Lys Mousset to get the start at the moment and it’s a fair comment.

However, against a tough, strong, and well-drilled Clarets side, it might be that McBurnie just gets the shout as the Blades look to see off Burnley.


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