Match Preview: Sheffield United vs Ipswich Town

Sheffield United host already relegated Ipswich Town tomorrow as the Blades aim to secure automatic promotion back to the Premier League.

By Matthew Crowe

After a 12-year absence from the Premier League, Chris Wilder could be about to guide his boyhood club Sheffield United back into the top flight at the expense of rivals Leeds United.

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Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder celebrates the win during the Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Sheffield United at Loftus Road on August 11, 2018. (Photo by Luke Walker/Getty Images)

The Blades go into the game unbeaten in five and on Easter Monday Sheffield United beat Hull City 3-0. David McGoldrick netted a brace and Enda Stevens added their third before half-time.

During the week, Sheffield United had two players named in the PFA Championship Team of the Season, Billy Sharp and Oliver Norwood. Billy Sharp has scored 23 goals in 38 appearances this season and Oliver Norwood has played 41 games this season and impressively has an 82.8% pass success rate.

Ipswich Town enter the clash bottom of the Championship table after a season to forget for the Tractor Boys. But, Ipswich Town manager Paul Lambert believes his side are ‘Playing for pride’. The Tractor Boys have drawn seven of their last fourteen games.

In the previous meeting between Sheffield United and Ipswich Town ended 1-1 at Portman Road in December 2018. Ellis Harrison found the back of the net to put Ipswich Town ahead, but Sheffield United equalised with a Billy Sharp goal.

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If the Blades secure three points against Ipswich Town, they will just need one points from their final game of the season against Stoke City. Chris Wilder would also be promoted if they beat Ipswich Town and Leeds United fail to win either of their last two games against Aston Villa and Ipswich Town.

Championship leaders Norwich City have drawn their four previous games, and now Sheffield United are only three points behind Daniel Farke’s side, who host Blackburn Rovers tomorrow before travelling to Aston Villa on the last day.

Prediction:

Sheffield United 2-0 Ipswich Town.



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