When the promotion chances of all the clubs were being weighed up at the beginning of the season, neither Sheffield United nor Bristol City would have featured very prominently amongst the potential contenders.
That is the current reality of the situation, however, with the Robins and the Blades locked together on 37 points from 20 games and third and fourth respectively in the Championship table, so a ticket to the Premier League party remains very much up for grabs for both sides.
Lee Johnson’s charges have been absolutely superb on their travels of late, stringing together a nine-match unbeaten run in the second tier that has been made up of five wins and four draws, though Bramall Lane is an extremely tough place to visit.
Chris Wilder’s men have won 14 of their previous 18 fixtures in front of their own supporters in the league, albeit neither of the last two, and they start as 47% favourites for victory in the eyes of our Kickoff predictive algorithm, but the draw (25% chance) should also be firmly on the radar.
Both teams have scored (55% chance) in each of the Blades’ most recent four home games, as well as in seven of the visitors’ last 12 matches on the road, so 2-1 (9% chance), 1-1 (12% chance) and even 2-2 (6% chance) are the scorelines to look out for.
The two sides boast good options in attacking areas, with 13-goal Leon Clarke (17% chance), ten-goal Bobby Reid (14% chance) and eight-goal Billy Sharp (14% chance) all possible first scorers.