Match Pack: Sheffield United vs Saints

By SFC Media time Fri 05 Mar Sheffield United v Saints

Southampton hit the road for the third successive time in the Premier League as they travel to Sheffield United. Get set for Saturday’s trip to Bramall Lane with our Match Pack, in association with eToro...

THE MATCH

Sheffield United vs Southampton
Bramall Lane
Premier League
Saturday 6 March, 3pm GMT

THE OFFICIALS

Referee: Paul Tierney
Assistants: Ian Hussin, Sian Massey-Ellis
Fourth official: Geoff Eltringham
VAR: David Coote
Assistant VAR: Timothy Wood

HOW TO WATCH

The fixture will be broadcast live on Sky Sports.

WHAT KIT?

Saints will be wearing their blue away kit for their trip to South Yorkshire.

WHAT’S AT STAKE?

Saints are still on the hunt for their second three points of 2021 and will be hoping Ralph Hasenhüttl’s 100th game in charge will end in a win.

Sheffield United had a particularly rocky start to their 2020/21 campaign, which means they still sit at the bottom of the Premier League table.

United did manage to pull off a 1-0 victory over Aston Villa in the week, despite being reduced to ten men in the 57th minute.

These two sides met for the reverse fixture in December, where saints raced to a 3-0 victory with goals from Ché Adams, Stuart Armstrong and Nathan Redmond.

TEAM NEWS

Things are starting to look up for Hasenhüttl and his men, as Kyle Walker-Peters, Ibrahima Diallo and Takumi Minamino all returned to training this week.

While Theo Walcott remains sidelined, the boss hopes he will return to the side after the international break.

For Sheffield United, Jagielka is out after picking up a red card against Aston Villa in the week.

Wilder has a large amount of injury issues to contend with as Jayden Bogle, Jack Rodwell, Sander Berge, Chris Basham, John Egan and Jack Robinson are also sidelined.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - MARCH 03: Kyle Walker-Peters during a Southampton FC training session at the Staplewood Campus on March 03, 2021 in Southampton, England. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Kyle Walker-Peters returned to training this week

FORM GUIDE

Sheffield United:


Aston Villa (h) 1-0 (McGoldrick)
Liverpool (h) 0-2
Fulham (a) 1-0
West Ham (a) 3-0
Bristol City (h) 1-0 (Sharp) Emirates FA Cup

Southampton:

Everton (a) 1-0
Leeds (a) 3-0
Chelsea (h) 1-1 (Minamino)
Wolves (h) 1-2 (Ings)
Wolves (a) 0-2 (Ings, Armstrong) Emirates FA Cup

THE MANAGERS

Chris Wilder:
"They started the season on the front foot and went top I think for a small period - obvious quality but when you lose key players and momentum this is what can happen.

Talented manager and a good group of players."

Ralph Hasenhüttl: "We know this, it's a Premier League game and it's difficult, and for us even more when we haven't won since a few games.

This is the reason why we are very warned what we have to expect there, and the players accept this and will fight for the win."

ONES TO WATCH

Billy Sharp: A former Saint himself, Billy Sharp has been a standout figure for Sheffield United in an otherwise disappointing season for Chris Wilder's men.

The striker has already netted five goals this season and will be looking to add to that tally against his former employer.

Nathan Tella: Despite Saints’ recent run of form, youngster Nathan Tella has shown real promise.

Featuring in all 3 of Southampton’s recent fixtures, it’s clear Tella can make an impact on the game whether he’s starting it or coming off the bench.

LEEDS, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 23: Nathan Tella of Southampton during the Premier League match between Leeds United and Southampton at Elland Road on February 23, 2021 in Leeds, England. Sporting stadiums around the UK remain under strict restrictions due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in games being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Matt Watson/Southampton FC via Getty Images)
Nathan Tella vs Leeds

TOP PERFORMERS

Sheffield United:

Goals:

David McGoldrick 7
Billy Sharp 5
Jayden Bogle 3

Assists:
John Fleck 3
McGoldrick, Lundstram, Baldock 2

Southampton:

Goals:

Danny Ings 9
James Ward-Prowse 6
Adams, Armstrong 4

Assists:
James Ward-Prowse 5
Ché Adams 4
Ings, Armstrong 3

HEAD TO HEAD

Played: 57
Saints: 19
Draws: 13
Sheffield United: 25

DID YOU KNOW?
- Southampton have won their last three league meetings with Sheffield United, last winning four in a row against them in 1950 in the second tier.

- Since their return to the Premier League in 2012, Southampton have won four of their seven Premier League games in Yorkshire (D1 L2), as many as they had in their first 25 in the competition between 1992-93 and 2004-05 (W4 D10 L11).

- Southampton striker Che Adams has scored more Premier League goals against Sheffield United than he has versus any other side, netting three goals in three appearances against his former employers.

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