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Sheffield United still have genuine hopes of reaching the playoffs in the Championship. They are only four points behind Middlesbrough after all, and there are still enough games to catch them.
If they are to catch Middlesbrough and reach the playoffs, then this game is a must-win. They have played well all season and deserve to be in an around the playoff positions. Only the next 4 games will tell whether they have enough goods to challenge for Premier League football.
Likely to keep his place as Jamal Blackman is still out suspended. Had a terrible game against Barnsley and will be hoping to improve himself against Middlesbrough.
The Sheffield United defence had an absolutely awful day out against Barnsley and O’Connell was one of the worst sufferers. Will be looking for a massive game against Middlesbrough.
Jack Wright had a terrible game against Barnsley but with Richard Stearman still out injured, Jack should get to keep his place.
Basham was the only defender who can hold his head high after the game against Barnsley. He won a lot of his aerial challenges and won three big challenges.
The 25-year-old wing-back has not had a great season for Sheffield United but keeps retaining his place because Wilder wants to play with a wing-back system. Will be hoping to step up his game for the last few matches of the season.
Stevens had a decent game against Barnsley and looked solid in defence while also marauding forward down the left-wing. Will be looking for more of the same against Middlesbrough.
The 26-year-old has had a good season for Sheffield United and has chipped in with 2 goals and 5 assists. Had a stand-out game against Barnsley.
The English central midfielder marshalled the midfield well for Sheffield United against Barnsley but couldn’t prevent the goals that they scored. Will be looking to tackle hard and dispossess the opponents.
Lee Evans should start as a part of the Sheffield United central midfield. Will be hoping to secure a win for his team.
The young attacking midfielder has 3 goals and 3 assists this season for Sheffield United, which is promising but not really enough for a side challenging for playoffs. Will be hoping for more in the last few games.
The experienced 33-year-old striker has been absolutely top-class in the Championship this season, with 17 goals to his name. He’s pushing to be the top-scorer and will want to grab as many as he can to try and overtake Matej Vydra.