Sheffield United predicted lineup v Crystal Palace with Billy Sharp recalled
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Sheffield United predicted lineup v Crystal Palace with Billy Sharp recalled

Sheffield United play their first Premier League game at home in over 12 years this weekend when they host Crystal Palace.

They have also been picked for TV, with the game live on Sky Sports at 2pm on Sunday.

Following a 1-1 draw at Bournemouth in their opening match, the Blades will be confident of picking up their first three points of the season.

Manager Chris Wilder opted for a slight variation on the 3-4-1-2 formation that got his team promoted from the Championship. Instead he fielded a slightly more conservative 3-5-2 system and many players impressed.

So will Wilder name an unchanged starting XI, or switch things up? Here’s what we think.


Sheffield United predicted lineup v Crystal Palace

Having rejoined the club on loan from Manchester United, Dean Henderson resumed his role in goal. Unsurprisingly the England Under-21 international had a fine top flight debut and will be crucial again this term.

Much has been made of the Blades’ unique overlapping centre-back tactic, although it was only seen fleetingly at the Vitality Stadium. Chris Basham, John Egan and Jack O’Connell have a superb understanding now, though, and defended excellently against the Cherries. They should keep their places.

Likewise, George Baldock and Enda Stevens remain the standout choices at wing-back. Stevens in particular looks every bit a Premier League defender.

The central midfield picked by Wilder operated well in Dorset. Oliver Norwood continues to be the playmaker from deep, while John Fleck is an energetic box-to-box presence.

Perhaps the biggest surprise was the selection of John Lundstram, but he more than justified his pick with some fine moments of passing. Unfortunately, we think Lundstram could still be sacrificed for new signing Luke Freeman as the Blades go more attacking at home.

Another new face, Callum Robinson, looked lively in his second striker role and should retain his place. Yet we think there could be a change upfront, with Billy Sharp coming in for David McGoldrick.

Sharp marked his boyhood side’s return to the top tier with an 88th minute equaliser from the bench against Bournemouth. Surely now he’ll get his start?

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