Can Sheffield United break a 27 year curse against Aston Villa this weekend?

Chris Wilder
Chris Wilder

It’s been 27 years since Sheffield United beat Aston Villa in the league – a run of nine winless matches running back to December 1991.

Can Chris Wilder overturn that record this weekend? 

After three league draws and six losses in that time, a winning track record is in Villa’s favour.

But the Blades come into the match riding high on back-to-back league wins, with star man Billy Sharp on fine form having scored in three of his last four starts.

United currently top the charts for having the most different goalscorers this season with seven –which could increase after the Blades signed new striker Conor Washington on loan deadline day.

Villa are currently fourth in the table and remain unbeaten in the league so far this term, although they were knocked out of the Carabao Cup by Burton in mid-week.

Team news

Leon Clarke is a doubt for United after picking up a knock against Bolton last weekend and Paul Coutts is still not match-fit despite returning to training.

George Baldock and summer signing Kean Bryan are still not fit to play either.

Villa’s star man Jack Grealish, new signing John McGinn, Keinan Davis and Blades transfer target Scott Hogan are all unavailable with injury although Jonathan Kodjia is back.