Sheffield United v Wolves: A crucial League One clash beckons

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Sheffield United host Wolverhampton Wanderers at Bramall Lane this Saturday, as both look to get back to winning ways.

It's remarkable that Sheffield United v Wolverhampton Wanderers is a League One clash, but both teams have been doing their best recently to change their circumstances. 

Wolves sit top of the table, despite a mid-week loss to Crawley Town. The loss piles the pressure on Kenny Jackett's men though as Brentford are hot on their tails – just one point behind with a game in hand. Sheffield United are nine places below them after their recent form, winning 10 consecutive games and soaring up the table from the relegation places. 

The Blades currently sit top of the League One form table, with 16 points collected from a possible 18. Wolves are just below with 13 from 18 after a draw against Shrewsbury saw a halt to their record breaking nine consecutive wins, followed by the aforementioned loss to Crawley.

Sheffield United are fresh off breaking one of their own records, with eight consecutive clean sheets. Preston were desperately unlucky not to score against United and were halted by a combination of dedicated defending and good fortune. Blades fans may feel they've rode the last of their luck in that respect though as United also lost two left-backs to injury in that game, further bringing into contention whether a clean sheet is viable against the league leaders.

Their recent form coupled with Wolves' visit to Bramall Lane falling on Sheffield United's 125th anniversary celebrations, is expected to draw a large crowd on Saturday and the Blades fans will undoubtedly do their best to help their team get a result.

Nigel Clough was hoping to use the games against Preston and Wolves as a marker to measure the team's recent progress, and after coming out of one relatively unscathed will be hoping for the type of performance that saw them win 10 in a row and subsequently force their way up the league. 

The two managers faced each other for different clubs in the Championship last season, with Jackett winning the first 2-1 and Clough the second 1-0. John Brayford, Ben Davies and Kieron Freeman all featured in that win, and all three now play their football at Bramall Lane with the latter two on loan from Derby and the first from Cardiff. 

But Wolves are a very different side to the one Jackett had at Millwall and Clough will need his side to display the type of football that saw them win so many in a row – an emphasis on interplay between the lines and runners in behind. The Wolves defence will be a tough nut to crack and they're likely to be even more determined to get the win after their mid-week disappointment. 

It will be an interesting fixture, and Brentford will watch on with real interest. It's Coventry that are visiting west London and the Bees will look to do everything they can on their side, while hoping that Sheffield United can hold Wolves to a draw or even get a win. 

With the title race heating up, do you think Wolves can hang onto to 1st?

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