Come on then, let’s try and have a bit of optimism about Sheffield United as we look to get this season back on track.
Drawing a line under those opening games is probably the best thing we do. An utter nightmare doesn’t even come close to describing it. A lack of goals, red cards, missed penalties, and finally, a hammering, have meant it’s been a hard watch at times.
But, there’s cause for some optimism in that we’ve not got Arsenal, Chelsea, City, and Liverpool out of the way. In theory, our run of games up to Christmas gives us a chance to get our season going.
The next five, then, will be crucial. Games with West Ham, West Brom, Man United, Leicester, and an in-form Southampton will be pivotal.
So, just how will we get on? We’ve had a look and tried to decipher just how the Blades might get on in their next five Premier League fixtures.
West Ham – H
Put simply, this is a must win. We cannot come back from the international break and lose another home game against a team who, in reality, are there for the taking.
David Moyes will set them up not to lose and then rely on the pace of the likes of Bowen, Antonio, and Fornals to create.
United have to be ready for this and I think they will. I’m confident this will be the moment and backing the Blades to pick up a late win.
Prediction – Blades 2 – 1 West Ham
West Brom – A
Building on that win against the Hammers, I fully fancy us to go to the Hawthorns and go right at Slaven Bilics’ side.
The Baggies are in poor form themselves and Bilic is under pressure.
Callum Robinson will want to come back to haunt us and that is my worst nightmare. But Egan will keep him in check – if he even plays – and I fancy us to run out comfortable winners here.
Prediction – West Brom 0 – 2 Blades
Leicester City – H
Hmmm. Last season, I’ve had said I might fancy us to take the game to Leicester and get something. But this year, based on them and us, I think the Foxes will have too much.
Vardy’s pace is frightening, while Barnes, Tielemans, and Maddison can cause havoc.
We’ll stay in the game but feel it will go away from us late on. Leicester will win this one, pretty comfortably in the end, too.
Prediction – Blades 0 – 2 Leicester City
Southampton – A
A bit like the Leicester game, this is one I’d have fancied last season but Ralph Hassenhuttle has turned the Saints into a different animal this term.
The one bonus is Danny Ings is missing and that helps. But Southampton still look very good and will provide a stern test.
I think we’ll come up short, but wouldn’t be too surprised if we do end up grinding out a hard-earned point either.
Prediction – Southampton 2 – 1 Blades
Manchester United – H
Our fifth game of the upcoming run of five sees us take on the inconsistently brilliant Manchester United.
This could go either way and last season, proved one of the best games of the entire Premier League season. The Blades should take the pluses from that day. The less said about the away leg, though, the better.
But, I fancy us here. I think we’ll cause problems for United’s defence in wide areas. Luke Shaw has the odd nightmare in him and it’s something we can exploit.
They’ll score as well, of course, but I do think we’ll get something.