Behind Enemy Lines: Sheffield United

MILLWALL head to Sheffield United this weekend hoping to pull further clear of the Championship relegation zone.

The Lions are winless in each of their last two visits to Brammall Lane after a 1-1 draw last season and 2-0 loss in 2016-17.

The season before that, an Aiden O’Brien double secured all three points in a 2-1 win October 2015.

The Blades were victorious 3-2 over the Lions at The Den in September, with Chris Wilder’s side aiming to complete a first league double over Millwall since 1983-84, when both sides were in Division Three.

Shane Ferguson could return to the fold for Neil Harris after completing the final match of his suspension against QPR.

Lucas Ball spoke to Rowan Cockin this week.

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Why do you support Sheffield United?

My grandad took me to my first game and my mum also supports them.

What’s been your favourite season following the Blades?

It has to be 2016/17 – we were promoted from League One with 100 points.

And the worst?

The League One season under Nigel Adkins in 2015-16. We finished 11th, eight points outside of the play-off positions.

Chris Wilder’s system is very unique – how has he made such a success of it?

It’s described by many as an organised mess – no one really knows how to defend against it!

Do you expect United to win automatic promotion?

To be honest, no. I really hope we can get above Leeds United and the victory against them will have helped our cause.

But we are punching above our weight being in the mix for automatic promotion.

The Lions are of course battling to stay in the division – do you expect them to avoid the drop?

I think they will.

Millwall are an experienced side and should have enough about them to stay up. I think Rotherham will be the third side to go.

Neil Harris described Wilder’s side as the best team to come to The Den this season. You must surely be expecting to complete a league double?

I don’t think we were that good at The Den, though I do expect us to win this weekend. It’s the Championship, though, so who knows?

Which of the Blades’ players will the Lions need to pay most attention to?

Strikers Billy Sharp and David McGoldrick are the obvious threats with 36 league goals between them this season.

But John Fleck is a key man in midfield and can run the show. He’s caused chaos for some teams this season.

Likewise, which Millwall players are you worried about facing?

Ryan Leonard is bound to score after signing for the Lions from us.

What are your thoughts on Harris?

He’s doing a good job on a small budget. I could see him going far with Millwall if he gets more money to spend.

If you could sign one of his players, who would it be and why?

My awareness of your squad isn’t the best but I’ve heard a lot of good things about Jake Cooper so I’d probably sign him.

What’s your predicted Sheffield United starting XI and formation?


Henderson; O’Connell, Egan, Basham; Baldock, Fleck McGoldrick Norwood Stevens; Sharp, Madine.

Will you be at the game on Saturday afternoon?

As always.

Finally, what’s your score prediction?

Blades 2-0 Millwall.

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