Sheffield United match preview

Last updated : 03 October 2003 By Footymad Previewer
History of the Sheffield United v Sunderland fixture

Sunderland face a trip to Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Saturday evening, needing to turn around their fortunes at the ground. The Black Cats will be hoping to improve upon a record which has seen them ending up on the losing side in more than half of the games played between the two.

The most recent encounter between these two sides was less than a year ago, in December 2002, with Sheff Utd running out comfortable 2 - 0 winners in a League Cup match.

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Recent encounters between the teams:
2002/2003Tue 03 DecSheff Utd2 - 0SunderlandLC
1998/1999Sat 24 AprSunderland0 - 0Sheff UtdLD1
1998/1999Sat 28 NovSheff Utd0 - 4SunderlandLD1
1997/1998Sat 10 JanSunderland4 - 2Sheff UtdLD1
1997/1998Sun 10 AugSheff Utd2 - 0SunderlandLD1
1995/1996Sat 13 AprSheff Utd0 - 0SunderlandLD1
1995/1996Sat 18 NovSunderland2 - 0Sheff UtdLD1

Recent respective form guides

Sheffield United have lost just once in their last six home games, winning four and drawing the other one. These high-scoring games have yielded a total of 13 goals for the Blades, with 6 goals against.

The Black Cats have had a decent run of form away from home recently, coming away with three points on 3 occassions, but drawing 1 and losing 2. The games have constituted a decent return of 10 goals for the Black Cats, and 8 goals against.

Sheff Utd are leading the way in the Nationwide League Division One, with their 10 games giving them a return of 23 points. Sunderland's total of 19 points from their 10 games sees them sitting in the playoff places in Nationwide League Division One.

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Current form guides:PWDLFAP
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FootyMad's prediction ...

Neither team is setting the world alight, and I think this game will result in a narrow home win for the Blades. Home win

Sequence statistics:
Sheff Utd6 games since last home draw.
Not drawn a match in their last 9 .
SunderlandNot won in previous 2 away matches.
Last drawn game 4 outings ago.