We look ahead to Saturday's clash.
New Leeds United head coach Paul Heckingbottom will take charge of his first Whites match in Saturday's Sky Bet Championship Yorkshire derby against Sheffield United at Bramall Lane. Leeds are looking for a first win in 2018, having not won a game since Boxing Day against Burton Albion. The Blades sit two places and two points above Leeds in the table, come into the game on the back of successive defeats, but Chris Wilder's side, who only won promotion back to the Championship last season, have had an impressive campaign to date.
Sheffield United: 8th
Leeds United: 10th
Sheffield United: DWWLL
Leeds United: LLLDL
Head to head
Sheffield United wins: 27
Leeds United wins: 29
Last time at the Bramall Lane
19th March 2011
Sky Bet Championship
Sheffield United 2 (Lichaj O.G. 55, Riise 74)
Leeds United 0
Sheffield United sitting in the bottom three of the Championship in March 2011, recorded a vital victory over Leeds to boost their survival hopes, but dented the Whites’ promotion hopes. The Blades took the lead when Eric Lichaj unluckily turned in Nick Montgomery's effort into his own goal. Bjorn Helge Riise scored the second when he tucked Stephen Quinn’s pass into the bottom right before Leeds substitute Billy Paynter was sent off for violent conduct, to round off a miserable afternoon for the Whites.
Leeds midfield duo Kalvin Phillips and Eunan O'Kane return for the Whites following suspension and could both start. Pontus Jansson is likely to be fit after being stretchered off during last week's defeat to Cardiff. Luke Ayling is a long term absentee, whilst the game is likely to come too soon for Caleb Ekuban, Tyler Roberts and Conor Shaughnessy. Liam Cooper and Samuel Saiz remain suspended. The Blades will be without goalkeeper Simon Moore who was dismissed in last week's 3-0 defeat at Wolves. Ched Evans, David Brooks and Kieron Freeman are also still likely to be missing for Chris Wilder's side as well.
The key battle
Matthew Pennington v Leon Clarke
Sheffield United striker Clarke has been in fine form for the Blades this season, having found the back of the net 15 times to date. He is likely to lead the line for the South Yorkshire side in Saturday's fixture. The man tasked with stopping him will be Leeds centre-back Matthew Pennington. Leeds have a shortage of defenders due to injuries and suspensions, but the Everton loan man is fit and has impressed at the back this season and will be looking to keep Clarke quiet.
Betting odds with Ladbrokes
Sheffield United: 3/4
Leeds United: 19/5
(Odds correct at time of article published)
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