2018-19 Championship preview: Sheffield United

NEWSATDEN looks at all of Millwall’s 23 opponents in the 2018-19 Championship season.

Next up, Lucas Ball runs the rule over Sheffield United.

Name: Sheffield United

Nickname: The Blades

Manager: Chris Wilder

Stadium: Bramall Lane [32,702]

Postcode: S2 4SU

Club website:  www.sufc.co.uk

Nearest train station: Sheffield

Match-day directions: footballgroundguide.com

Promotion odds (Sky Bet): 8/1

Last meeting: Sky Bet Championship – Sheffield United 1-1 Millwall [Leon Clarke 74'; Steve Morison 76']; April 14, 2018

Last season: 10th in Sky Bet Championship

Goals for: 62

Goals against: 55

Top league goal scorer: Leon Clarke (19)

First-team 2018-19 transfers

Ins: John Egan [£4.5 million from Brentford]; Dean Henderson [loan from Manchester United]; Kean Bryan [free transfer from Manchester City]; Ben Woodburn [loan from Liverpool]; David McGoldrick [free transfer from Ipswich]

Outs: David Brooks [£11.3 million to Bournemouth]; Harvey Gilmour [loan to Tranmere]; Chris Hussey [free transfer to Cheltenham]; Clayton Donaldson [free transfer to Bolton]; Louis Reed [undisclosed to Peterborough]; James Hanson [undisclosed to AFC Wimbledon]; Ben Heneghan [loan to Blackpool]; Ched Evans [loan to Fleetwood]; Nathan Thomas [loan to Notts County]; Samir Carruthers [loan to Oxford]; George Long [undisclosed to Hull]

This season is about development for the Blades, who were among the early pace-setters in the second tier last season.  They eventually fell away, finishing in 10th – still a very respectable finish for a newly-promoted side.

Young Welsh midfielder David Brooks moved to Premier League Bournemouth for over £11 million, allowing Chris Wilder to invest in his squad. He brought in Brentford captain John Egan, who cost a club-record fee.

Martyn Waghorn has also been linked with a move to Bramall Lane, but he now looks likely to move to Derby County. Wilder is still keen on a striker after strengthening in defence and creatively with the addition of Welsh international Ben Woodburn, someone Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp rates as one of the best young players at the club.

They are reportedly chasing Shrewsbury midfielder Jon Nolan, who handed in a transfer request earlier this week. He is a player who performed very well in the third tier last season.

Left-sided defender Jack O'Connell is wanted by Brighton, but United are under no pressure to sell. Wilder claims that the Blades have hardly touched the money from Brooks' sale, which is encouraging news as they look to further improve the side.

Prediction: Play-offs

If the Blades can make the rumoured additions and keep hold of their key men such as O'Connell in the last week of the window, there is no reason why they cannot challenge for the top six.

Wilder is a very good manager at this level and is gunning to take his side into the Premier League in the next couple of years. He will spend shrewdly and not be held to ransom by clubs, not wasting the money from Brooks' sale.

This season’s fixtures:

Millwall vs Sheffield United – Saturday 29 September, 2018 [Kick-off: 3pm]

Sheffield United vs Millwall – Saturday 13 April, 2019 [Kick-off: 3pm]

Image: Millwall FC