Sheffield United v Brentford: The biggest game of the League One season

Bramall Lane Sheffield United

Sheffield United host Brentford this weekend in a game which could be crucial to both sides' seasons.

Brentford Football Club were quite open about the fact that prior to the campaign, they were aiming for a play-off spot.

Now they find themselves in the envious position of occupying one of the two automatic promotion spots in League One, they have no intention of giving it up easily.

It is though, not quite that simple. Sheffield United are two points behind, and have a game in hand. If they win that therefore, they will leap above the west-Londonders.

With Swindon currently sitting in-between the pair courtesy of their win over Yeovil in midweek, it really will be a fight to the finish.

Doncaster in first place do not exactly have it all wrapped up, they are just two points ahead of Brentford so they will have their eyes firmly over their shoulders heading into the season's final stages.

With no Premier League or Championship football this weekend due to international World Cup qualifiers being held on Friday night, League One takes the spotlight.

The big game is Sheffield United hosting Brentford, which is live on Sky at midday, where the Blades will have an opportunity to leapfrog them even ahead of playing their game in hand.

For United it could just be the biggest game of their season, as they desperately try to avoid the roulette of the play-offs which saw them lose on penalties at Wembley to Huddersfield last May, after missing out on second spot to rivals Sheffield Wednesday.

Last weekend they were thumped 4-0 by 15th placed Stevenage, a shock result if ever there was one, their first defeat in eight games.

Brentford meanwhile are coming off the back of two straight wins, including a victory over Swindon, also in the mix, showing they have the capability to win the crunch clashes at the top of the table.

You may think that home advantage would be just that for the Blades, but they have won more games away from home this season (10) compared to seven and drawn more (8) at Bramall Lane in the league. Brentford meanwhile are the opposite, they don't travel nearly as well as their home form, winning six away compared to 12 at home.

With the necessity of United to bounce back from the big defeat last weekend and get their season on track, Saturday's game is huge. A defeat could see their chances of promotion unravel, while a win will set them back on track.

For fans of lower league football who don't get to watch it enough, take advantage of the Premier League being out of action and don't miss this game.

Who do you expect to win? Sheffield United or Brentford?

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