Sheffield United take on Brighton this weekend looking to move off their lowly 14 points and finish the season with some sort of form behind them.
The Blades haven’t won yet under Paul Heckingbottom. United narrowly lost out at Wolves last weekend, despite being in the game for much of the tie.
Brighton visit knowing a point at Bramall Lane will more or less completely ensure their place in the Premier League next season. The Seagulls picked up a crucial 0-0 draw with Chelsea last night, too.
However, that draw at Stamford Bridge has come at a cost for Brighton, who will be without key defender, Ben White, for this weekend’s game.
White, who spent last season on loan with Leeds, has been in fine form for the Seagulls this term. Playing alongside Lewis Dunk and Adam Webster at the back, White has proven his worth at PL level.
He is said to be of interest to the likes of Liverpool. It goes without saying, then, that White’s absence is a boost to United.
Ben White missing for Brighton at Sheffield United
We have seen ourselves how big it can be for a team to be missing one of their key defenders. United have struggled massively, with John Egan, Jack O’Connell, and Chris Basham all having missed parts of this season.
So while Brighton will still have the likes of Dunk and Webster available, losing White is a blow. He is the one of the three who is most comfortable on the ball. Indeed, White has even played in midfield this season.
For United, they’ll be desperate to get a win at Bramall Lane. It’s so vital that some momentum is built up ahead of next season. Starting that run of momentum with a win against a team like Brighton – who we can realistically beat – could prove a huge turning point.