Chris Wilder is expected to make several changes ahead of Chelsea v Sheffield United.
The Blades manager brought in ten new players for the midweek Carabao Cup win over Blackburn Rovers. However, in the Premier League so far this season he has remained pretty consistent.
Which is why those familiar faces are likely to be recalled for Saturday’s league trip to Stamford Bridge.
Facing Frank Lampard’s side away is arguably United’s biggest test yet since earning promotion from the Championship. Yet because of the inexperience of the Blues boss and his team’s indifferent start to the new campaign, there is no reason Wilder can’t leave west London with a result.
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Dean Henderson may have missed out on an England call-up, but the Manchester United loanee remains the clear choice as goalkeeper.
Ahead of him is the familiar central defence of Chris Basham, John Egan and Jack O’Connell. We not have seen too much of the now famed overlapping centre-back system as yet this term, but defensively they have been solid.
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Wilder was critical of his wing-backs during last week’s home defeat to Leicester City. He also thought Ben Osborn performed well on the left against Blackburn. That said, George Baldock and Enda Stevens remain the standout options in the position and should be recalled.
Oliver Norwood was the only player to keep his place from the Leicester loss and scored. The midfielder scored but was also taken off after 66 minutes. Maybe Wilder wanted to keep him fresh for this weekend?
Alongside him John Lundstram should continue after a fine start to the campaign. On the other side, there is a chance John Fleck will have recovered from a hamstring injury that has ruled him out of the last two games. However, we think it may come too soon and Luke Freeman will stay in midfield.
Upfront Callum Robinson has done well as a second striker. The major change should see a first league start for club record signing Oli McBurnie.
Wilder has not so subtly hinted McBurnie will play from the start after scoring his first Blades goal against the Foxes.