Sheffield United face their third Yorkshire derby in four games on Saturday when they host Leeds United.

Having drawn to Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham United, the Whites now present arguably the toughest prospect of the three.

That is because they currently sit two points ahead of the Blades in second in the Championship table after starting the season impressively.

Under Marcelo Bielsa, Leeds have lost just three times in 19 league matches this term. Only Middlesbrough and Nottingham Forest have suffered defeat on fewer occasions.

Now Bielsa’s men will battle with Wilder’s side at Bramall Lane and it could be a classic.

Expect goals

There are probably not two other managers in the division that more greatly represent the commitment to play attacking football.

Bielsa is a heralded Argentine coach who has influenced the likes of Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino. The speed in which the South American has implemented his style at Elland Road is nothing short of remarkable.

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Leeds hunt the ball in packs and attack with high intensity and pressure. Many thought it would lead to burnout among the players but there is no evidence of that as yet.

On the surface it may not seem like it, but Wilder has plenty in common with Bielsa. He too wants to play attractive football and won’t compromise in his mission to achieve that.

Wilder’s wing-back system has the unique edge of the overlapping centre-back, expertly executed by Chris Basham. This has lead to five goals scored in their last two outings – but also four goals conceded.

The Whites, meanwhile, may be on the back of two successive clean sheets, but neither Reading or Bristol City pose the same sort of attacking threat as United.

While both expert tacticians, neither Wilder or Bielsa will be changing their own style to nullify their opponent. They will have faith that it will win the game – and therefore the goals should flow.

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