Sky Sports pundit Charlie Nicholas is expecting a battle when Sheffield United face West Ham in tonight’s game at Bramall Lane.
The Blades head into the contest off the back of two defeats to Liverpool and Manchester City in the league and Nicholas believes they will have a challenge on their hands when Chris Wilder’s side take on a revitalised Hammers’ team under David Moyes:
“Sheffield United got a reality check against the best two teams, on their day, in Liverpool and Manchester City. It will have brought them down, but you could see with a narrow win over Fylde in the FA Cup that it will bolster them, just getting the result in general.”
“Although, if they go on a run where they only pick up one point from 12, you start to wonder what happened. West Ham will squeeze and play more back to front. They got a bit more from Felipe Anderson. Sebastien Haller will continue to play I think, and West Ham will get something.”
Nicholas has gone for a 1-1 draw. A few weeks ago, when Manuel Pellegrini was still in charge of the Irons, this would have gone down as a surefire home win, but Moyes has certainly had an impact on Sheffield United’s opponents.
They won 4-0 in the Scot’s first game in charge against Bournemouth, but they did struggle more versus Gillingham in the FA Cup. With Wilder having rested more of his players against Fylde as well, the Blades could well be the fresher team this evening. Whether they’ll get the three points, though, we shall have to wait and see.