It’s three wins from three for Sheffield United as they head into the busy Christmas period looking to add more points to their evergrowing Championship total.
The Blades have already been hit by the cancellation of the Boxing Day fixture at Preston North End. It means it’s one less game for Paul Heckingbottom to worry about, as well as giving other clubs to put points on the board while we’re out of action.
Nevertheless, there are two other games in quick succession to come. Hull City arrive just before 2022 arrives, although that game could also be in doubt as the Tigers boss Grant McCann is currently ill with Covid. After that, it’s the big one for many Blades, as Chris Wilder returns with his in-form Middlesbrough side.
So, just how will Sheffield United do over Christmas? Well, if the games do go ahead, we fancy this Blades side to make it maximum points in front of the raucous Bramall Lane crowd. Here, then, are our predictions as Sheffield United take on both Hull City and Middlesbrough over the festive period.
Sheffield Utd 3-0 Hull City
Hull won four on the bounce not so long ago but since then, they’ve reverted to type and failed to pick a up win in their last three games. Draws with Reading and Bristol City – both who United have dispatched recently – and a loss at Nottingham Forest have put the Tigers back a bit.
United should have too much for Hull here. We beat them easily under Jokanovic despite the scoreline suggesting otherwise. And a repeat could be on the cards. If the Blades nick an early goal, Hull could be in for a long day.
Sheffield United 1-0 Middlesbrough
It shouldn’t matter, but there is a big game feel about this one. Chris Wilder’s return can’t be ignored. On one hand, it’s a chance for the Blades fans to give the former gaffer the applause he deserves. His work at United was outstanding, and we can’t forget that.
Wilder has got Middlesbrough playing well, too. They saw off Bournemouth last week, and are starting to tick along nicely. However, if United perform, they should have too much.
We think a scrappy, wintery affair to unfold at The Lane with a single goal to win it. Hopefully, that single goal comes from Sheffield United and makes it five wins from five for Paul Heckingbottom.