Both Micah Richards and Chris Sutton have backed Sheffield United for relegation this season.
After eight games the Blades are rock bottom of the Premier League table. They are yet to win a match and have picked up just one point.
Only Burnley have scored fewer than their four goals, while only four others have conceded more.
Heading into the latest international break it is becoming increasingly tough for Chris Wilder and his side.
“It doesn’t look good for Fulham and West Brom, but then it doesn’t look good for Burnley and Sheffield United either,” Sutton wrote in the Daily Mail. “Three of those four seem set to drop down.
“Confidence is a huge factor. Burnley have been well-drilled under Sean Dyche. Likewise, Chris Wilder’s team. We’d never deem them disorganised in the past.
“But the way their seasons have started, the confidence is seeping out and that leaves them in trouble.”
Why Richards is backing Sheffield United for relegation too
Richards isn’t convinced by United’s prospects this season either. The former defender previously questioned whether teams had worked the South Yorkshire side out.
It was something Wilder responded to and defended his tactics. Yet looking at the results, Richards might have a point.
“The Fulham-West Brom game last week felt like a relegation decider in the sixth week of the season! They both have their work cut out but it is not a fight I can see them winning,” the 32-year-old added.
“Joining them? It will be one of Burnley, Sheffield United and Brighton.”
As things stand, the Blades are very much involved in a relegation battle. Considering their poor results so far, the one thing saving them is others are also struggling.
The aforementioned Clarets and West Bromwich Albion also haven’t won in the league in 2020/21, sitting just ahead of United on two and three points respectively.
Fulham are only a little further ahead on four, having only beaten West Brom this term. Finally, Brighton and Hove Albion have six points.
It means that if the Blades can start winning after the international break, they could quickly move out of the bottom three.
It makes upcoming fixtures with West Ham United and the Baggies seem all the more crucial.