Sheffield United haven’t been in action for two weeks now following the winter break.
A sunny period in Dubai has followed as Chris Wilder looked to get his new recruits up to speed.
United’s period away from the game has seen their bid to secure Champions League football become even easier. It’s a sentence not many at Bramall Lane thought they would ever hear, yet after Manchester City’s two-year European ban, they’re now just a place off the qualification spots.
Whether they can continue their remarkable form remains to be seen, but they stand a good chance at home to Graham Potters’ Brighton side.
Wilder confirmed on Thursday that he had a fully fit squad to choose from, so we’re expecting the manager to make just the one change from the 2-1 win over Bournemouth.
The only change for the Blades comes in midfield as £22m man Sander Berge drops out in favour of John Lundstram.
The former Everton academy man scored off the bench in that win over the Cherries and deserves his place back in the side.
There have been claims from fans that he suits that role on the right of the midfield three more than Berge does. The Norwegian was impressive on debut, winning four tackles, but was less convincing last time out when he was substituted with half an hour remaining.
That suggests the former Genk man still needs some time to become accustomed to Wilder’s system.
A further dilemma may have been in attack with Richairo Zivkovic earning minutes in midweek behind closed doors. However, after the performances of Billy Sharp and Oliver McBurnie two weeks ago, they deserve their places.
Sharp scored while McBurnie won as many as 12 aerial duels throughout the contest.
There is a familiar look to the backline with the reliable trio of Jack O’Connell, John Egan and Chris Basham playing.
In other news, one Sheff Utd transfer target STARRED in Europe on Thursday…