SHEFFIELD UNITED: Top two contenders target more goals

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THERE is only one race that Sheffield United fans want their team to win this year: first past the post for the second automatic promotion place.

But there is another intriguing sideshow. Lovers of free scoring football across the nation have certainly had their eyes trained on Bramall Lane this season.

Right now they are the top scoring side in all four leagues.

But that’s in grave danger.

Danny Wilson’s men are without the services of the jailed Ched Evans, who accounted for 29 of their 88 goals across 44 League One games.

Will Hoskins has fallen victim to a hernia complaint and Richard Creswell has a shoulder problem.

The team also failed to find the net at Milton Keynes last Saturday, their first blank since the Steel City derby defeat on February 26.

The top scorers currently across the divisions are: United, (88 League One,) Manchester City (87 Premier League,) Southampton, (Championship 81) Gillingham (76, League Two). City have three games left while the Blades have two so it’s a big ask if the Bramall Lane side are to end the campaign with more goals than them.

But second-place United, who scored 20 goals in the six games prior to last weekend’s MK loss, may yet shrug off their injury woes and add to their goal difference, which is 11 better than third-placed Sheffield Wednesday.

Certainly they will be looking to add to their 52-goal home tally - the best record in the country - when they entertain Stevenage, although the Hertfordshire side are pretty efficient at shutting up shop away from The Lamex Stadium; they have conceded only 19 in 22 trips.