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Sheffield United v Albion match preview

14 December 2018

ALBION travel to Bramall Lane to face Sheffield United on Friday evening for what is set to be another exciting Sky Bet Championship clash (ko 7.45pm).

The opposition 

Sheffield United currently sit third in the table after picking up 37 points from their opening 21 fixtures.

They are managed by Chris Wilder, who has been in charge since May 2016. During his tenure so far the Blades won League One in his first campaign, amassing 100 points in the process, before a 10th placed finish in the Championship last season.

The Blades’ last outing was a 2-0 win over Reading at the Madejski Stadium on Saturday.

Last time out

The most recent meeting between the sides was in January 2010 as goals from Graham Dorrans, Roman Bednar and Jerome Thomas helped Albion on to a 3-1 Championship win.

Earlier that season the Baggies had played out a 2-2 draw with Sheffield United at Bramall Lane.

Stats

Albion

  • The Baggies are currently on a five-game unbeaten run (W3, D2).
  • Jay Rodriguez’s goal against Aston Villa was the 50th in league matches under Darren Moore, with the milestone coming up in just 27 games.
  • Rodriguez (10) and Dwight Gayle (10) both moved into double figures for goals this season after netting against Villa.

Sheffield United

  • United have won one of their last four home games (W1, D2, L1).
  • Wilder took his 125th game as Sheffield United manager last weekend (W66, D25, L34).
  • Billy Sharp is the Blades’ top scorer having notched 11 league goals so far this campaign.

From the archive

Here are the highlights from our last game against Sheffield United…

Head to head 

Albion narrowly come out on top in the overall head-to-head record.

Of the 111 matches that have been played, the Baggies have triumphed 43 times, there have been 27 draws and Sheffield United have won on 41 occasions.

Man in the middle

The referee for Monday evening’s match is Jeremy Simpson, and he’ll be assisted by Shaun Hudson and Nick Hopton - with Darren Bond as the fourth official.

Simpson has refereed Albion twice this season; the 4-2 win over Bristol City and the 1-0 defeat at Wigan Athletic.

Ticket news

Tickets for the match are now on general sale, with the Baggies having been allocated 2,253 seats at Bramall Lane.

They are priced at £29 adults, £23 seniors (60+), £18 full-time students/18-21 years and £14 U18s.

Supporters can secure their seats online, in person from the East Stand Ticket Office or by calling 0121 227 2227.

Coach travel, departing Kidderminster at 2.30pm, Stourbridge & Lye at 2.45pm and The Hawthorns at 3.30pm, is available for £17.

Tickets will not be available on the gate. Fans wishing to attend this game are advised to purchase tickets before 1pm on Friday.

Follow the game

Comprehensive coverage of the clash with Sheffield United is available in our Match Centre, where you can listen to live commentary on WBA Radio or follow our live text feed.

WBA Radio is the only service that allows Baggies fans around the world - from Smethwick to the Sahara - access to uninterrupted live commentaries from every one of our competitive games. iFollow subscribers can join Gez Mulholland and Dave Bowler for Baggies-biased live commentary on Friday.

International supporters who have an iFollow subscription may be able to live stream the game depending on where they are located around the world. To find out, click here.

You’ll also be able to find score updates on the club's social media channels.

Twitter - @WBA

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