Sheffield Wednesday v Sheffield United Betting Tips & Predictions – Monday 4th March 2019

As a boyhood Sheffield United fan, Chris Wilder knows precisely how much the Steel City derby means to his fellow supporters. Earlier in the season, he called the rivalry the biggest one he knows and tensions are going to be especially high this time given the Blades’ position in the table.

While Wilder remains well versed with what the Steel City derby entails, for Steve Bruce it is very much a new experience. The Wednesday boss began his managerial career at Bramall Lane over 20 years ago but avoided facing his current employers during the stint. He is no stranger to big rivalries though and the 58-year-old will be hoping his experience of them can prove valuable here.

Top Tips

Sheffield United to Win @ 21/20

Over 2.5 Goals @ Evens

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Sheffield Wednesday News: Bruce maintains unbeaten record

Sheffield Wednesday Match at Hillsborough

A change in manager has done wonders for Sheffield Wednesday with the Owls currently enjoying their longest unbeaten run of the season. New boss Bruce is yet to taste defeat since beginning his new job with his six games in charge ending in three draws and three victories. A resurgent Wednesday overcame the challenge of Brentford midweek thanks to a similarly revived Steven Fletcher who netted his first brace since April 2017. That victory pushed the Owls to within six points of the play-off places, giving their fans renewed hope of a promotion push.

Lazaar struck down by injury

Following the win against Brentford, Bruce admitted he made one mistake – playing Achraf Lazaar twice in the space of three days. The Newcastle loanee impressed so much on his full debut against Swansea that he found himself named in the starting line-up for a second game running. Two quick fire matches proved too much of a strain for the Moroccan though as he has lacked competitive action all season. Not used to the rigours of so much football, Lazaar was forced off with a hamstring problem described as a nasty one by his manager.

Sheffield United News: O’Connell set to return

John Street Stand at Sheffield United's Bramall Lane
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Reports suggested United had no injury problems ahead of their meeting with West Brom so it was a surprise to see Jack O’Connell’s absent from the match day squad. Wilder later explained the omissions stating that while he could have played the centre back, the tempo of the game meant it would have been a risk. The Blades boss remained confident of ensuring he is up to speed by this Monday though and what a difference he could make. Prior to his recent injury, the 24-year-old had started 106 consecutive league games for the Yorkshire club.

Analysis: High stakes add to the tension

Every Steel City derby is a big one but this upcoming clash comes with some added importance. Sheffield United are embroiled in a punishing battle to finish in the top two, a race that could well be decided by a slim margin. Wednesday on the other hand cannot be ruled out of a play-off spot should their unbeaten streak continue. They are very much outsiders at the moment but a six point gap is not an insurmountable one with 12 games to go.

Bruce facing toughest test yet

Wednesday’s new manager deserves plenty of credit for the way he has started at his new club but it’s important to note the teams he has faced. Bruce’s opening six games in charge have all come against teams who were in the bottom half of the table at the start of the weekend including four of the bottom five. Facing much stronger opposition here, the Owls may find themselves handed a reality check.

The Blades bossed proceedings the last time the two rivals met and they have not been ones to shy from the big occasions this season. Having looked so good during the away win against West Brom, back the visitors to secure another important victory (21/20).

United defence to be tested

The visiting side come into this match having kept four clean sheets from their last five matches. You may be expecting another given how defensive Wednesday were in the last Steel City derby but they are becoming far more adventurous under Bruce. The Owls have struck seven times in their last three matches with an invigorated Fletcher playing a big part in this. The Blades will be happy to match fire with fire though thanks to the quality of Billy Sharp and David McGoldrick. Given their record in front of the posts lately, this is a game likely to produce over 2.5 goals (evens).

Recent Matches

Neither team has been able to find the back of the net during the last two Steel City derbies but goals haven’t always been this lacking. The previous six meetings between the two rivals saw 21 goals scored and just the one clean sheet.

9th November 2018: Sheffield United 0 – 0 Sheffield Weds

Sheffield United spurned the chance to go top of the Championship table after being frustrated by a resilient Wednesday. The Owls, who registered just one shot on target, scarified any attacking threat so they could defend deep in numbers. The plan worked but they owed a great debt to goalkeeper Cameron Dawson. The 23-year-old kept out David McGoldrick’s first half penalty and was alert enough to deny John Fleck and Mark Duffy, earning himself his first clean sheet of the season.

12th January 2018: Sheffield United 0 – 0 Sheffield Wednesday

New Wednesday boss Jos Luhukay was rather thrown into the deep-end on his debut, handed an away fixture against strong play-off contenders Sheffield United. The Dutchman was delighted to end up with a point given the tough nature of the game and it was a point they fully deserved. A red card shown to Glen Loovens 26 minutes from time did put the visitors on the back foot late on but keeper Joe Wildsmith remained largely untroubled.

24th September 2017: Sheffield Weds 2 – 4 Sheffield United

A noisy Wednesday crowd were quickly silenced at Hillsborough as their rivals stormed to a 2-0 lead after just 15 minutes. The Owls battled hard to get back into the game however and did so thanks to goals from Garry Cooper and substitute Lucas Joao. The lead lasted all of two minutes as the Blades regained their two-goal advantage through Mark Duffy and former Owl Leon Clarke who grabbed his second of the match.

26th February 2012: Sheffield Weds 1 – 0 Sheffield United

The formbook suggested the Blades would win this Steel City derby but fellow promotion hopefuls Wednesday managed to end a run of four consecutive defeats in timely fashion. The three points were not enough to spare Gary Megson though, with the veteran manager sacked just three days later, Dave Jones his successor. The decision was vilified by the end of the campaign as the Owls secured automatic promotion at the expense of their local rivals who wound up three points behind.

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