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Match Preview: Sheffield United (A)

14 September 2021

First Team News

Match Preview: Sheffield United (A)

14 September 2021

PNE head to Bramall Lane in the Championship for the first time in three years on Tuesday night to take on Slavisa Jokanovic’s Sheffield United.

Frankie McAvoy’s side go into the 7.45pm kick-off without defeat in their last four games in all competitions, while the Blades will no doubt be in buoyant mood after putting six past Peterborough United at the weekend.

Match Information
Venue: Bramall Lane
Date: Tuesday 14th September, 7.45pm kick-off
Competition: EFL Sky Bet Championship (Matchday 7/46)
Kit: Away kit – available to order here!

Supporter Information

Tickets for Tuesday night’s game will remain on sale over the phone and in person at the ticket office until 2.30pm on the day of the game, while online sales will stop at 12pm. Find full details on ticket pricing here.

Please note, there will be no sales on the night of the game, but supporters who have already purchased tickets can collect them from the ‘White Ticket Kiosk’ located at the bottom of the main Cherry Street car park.

For those unable to attend, the game will be available to watch live on iFollow PNE around the world, with commentary coming from Guy Clarke and Chris Sedgwick. Full subscription details can be found here.

PNE Team News

Deadline day signings Ali McCann and Josh Murphy both made their debuts in the goalless draw at Ashton Gate and they will be in contention to feature again on Tuesday night, meanwhile new signing Connor Wickham is also available for selection.

Frankie McAvoy confirmed that Matthew Olosunde has returned to grass over the last few days, but this game will come too soon for him, and Ched Evans is also likely to miss out.

Tom Barkhuizen remains sidelined as he continues to step up his recovery from Covid and Scott Sinclair remains unwell after missing Saturday's game.

The Opposition

Almost everybody had written Sheffield United off when it came to staying in the Premier League in the 2019/20 season, but they defied the odds to achieve a remarkable ninth-placed finish.

But things didn’t quite go the same way last term and they were relegated back to the Championship, in the meantime losing their manager Chris Wilder.

Jokanovic, who has twice experienced promotion to the English top flight, is now the man in charge and he’ll be looking to push his new side up the table after a slow start.

Key Stats

A key factor in their disappointing opening to the new campaign has been their lack of goals, going the first three league matches without getting themselves on the scoresheet.

They certainly found their shooting boots last time out, though, scoring six in a victory over Darren Ferguson’s Peterborough.

While there have been a fair share of high-scoring affairs between PNE and Sheffield United in the past, recent meetings have been much tighter, with four of the last five games between the two sides being won by a goal to nil.

Our Last Meeting

PNE haven’t faced Sheffield United in two and a half years, with the last meeting coming back in April 2019.

It was the Blades who came out on top that day, with David McGoldrick’s first-half strike putting his side into the automatic promotion places, where they would go on to end up to clinch a place in the Premier League.

Man In The Middle


Experienced EFL official Geoff Eltringham will be the man to take charge of the game at Bramall Lane, what will be his seventh Championship fixture of the campaign.

PNE have a good record when Eltringham has the whistle, having not lost on the last nine occasions when he has been the main official.

Matthew Jones and Nick Greenhalgh will assist him in his duties, while Oliver Langford is the fourth official.

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