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Predicted Sheffield United XI at Crystal Palace: Fleck returns, Hackford on the bench

Sheffield United travel to Crystal Palace today to kick off 2021 and looking to put 2020 firmly in the rear-view mirror.

The Blades remain winless with nearly half the season gone and are in dire need of some sort of result to lift the spirits, although a game against Palace is one Chris Wilder will be looking for three points from.

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Of course, the Eagles are a dangerous side. They have match-winners in Ebere Eze and Wilf Zaha, but do concede goals, having let seven in against Liverpool just a few weeks back.

United, then, could look to exploit that by sticking with their three further forward, with Lys Mousset likely to be given the nod from the start once again alongside Rhian Brewster.

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In midfielder, John Fleck may return, while we think Ben Osborn could shift over to left wing-back, with Enda Stevens dislodging Jack Robinson at left centre-back to add a bit more speed to combat Zaha.

Antwoine Hackford is also likely to be on the bench at just 16.

Here, then, is our predicted XI as the Blades travel to Selhurst Park this afternoon.

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