All you need to know about Sheffield United versus Everton

After hearing their manager Chris Wilder admit “big performances” are required if Bramall Lane is to be hosting Premier League football again next tern, Sheffield United’s players will be hoping to produce one against Everton; a team managed by Carlo Ancelotti and with James Rodriguez, one of the most recognisable names in world football, at their disposal.

Friday, 25th December 2020, 6:00 am

The Star’s James Shield identifies some of the key figures set to be involved in tomorrow’s match (kick-off 8pm), and analyses some of the statistical trends surrounding the game as United go in search of their first win of the campaign.

The Teams: United - Ramsdale, Basham, Egan, Robinson, Stevens, Baldock, Fleck, Osborn, McGoldrick, Burke, Brewster. Everton – Pickford, Holgate, Godfrey, Mina, Keane, Richarlison, Davies, Doucoure, Rodriguez, Sigurdsson, Calvert-Lewin.

The Referee: David Coote, who averages 3.7 cautions per game this season, will take charge of the match while Chris Kavanagh is the VAR official at Stockley Park. Coote last oversaw a match involving United in June, when John Egan was controversially sent-off after receiving his second yellow card at Newcastle.

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David Coote sends off Sheffield United defender John Egan at Newcastle last season: Owen Humphreys/Pool via Getty Images

The Form Guide: United have yet to win this season, losing 12 and drawing two of their 14 outings so far. Last weekend’s draw with Brighton ended a run of eight straight defeats, although only two of those have come by more than one goal. Everton’s loss to Manchester United in the Carabao Cup this week was their first in four games. Their last away defeat came on November 1, when they were beaten by Newcastle.

The Last Time Out: Richarlison scored the only goal of the game early in the second half when Everton visited Bramall Lane last season, with Gylfi Sigurdsson providing the assist. The result ended United’s hopes of qualifying for Europe, only a year after being promoted from the Championship.

The History Lesson: United have won one and drawn one of their previous five meetings with Everton, triumphing 2-0 at Goodison Park last season. This will be the 135th time these two sides have faced each other in a competitive fixture, with United triumphing on 48 occasions compared to 54 for Everton.

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Everton's Italian head coach Carlo Ancelotti brings his team to Sheffield United on Boxing Day: ANDY RAIN/AFP via Getty Images
Chris Wilder is preparing his Sheffield United side to face Everton: David Klein/Sportimage