How can I watch Sheffield United v Manchester City? Who is the ref? What are the latest odds? Early team news
Sheffield United will be looking to chalk up their first Premier League victory of the season when they welcome Manchester City to Bramall Lane tomorrow – and here’s everything you need to know ahead of the clash:
When is the game? What time is kick-off?
Chris Wilder’s side produced a spirited performance in losing 2-1 at champions Liverpool on Saturday and will be looking to build on the encouraging display when they host Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City at Bramall Lane on Saturday lunchtime.
Kick-off is at 12.30pm.
Is Sheffield United v Manchester City on TV? How can I follow it live?
Yes, Sheffield United v Manchester City is on TV.
The game will be broadcast on BT Sport from 11.30am via its BT Sport 1 and BT Sport Ultimate channels.
But don’t forget, The Star will also be running a comprehensive live blog with team news, live updates, reaction and analysis from Danny Hall and James Shield - who will be one of a handful of people allowed access to the game.
Is there any injury news? Who is in the teams?
The Blades will go into the game missing long-term absentee Jack O’Connell who is expected to miss much, if not all, of the season after undergoing knee surgery last month.
United boss Wilder is still unable to call upon the services of French striker Lys Mousset, who continues his rehabilitation following an operation on a toe injury he suffered in a pre-season game with Preston North End.
The former AFC Bournemouth striker has had his protective boot removed and Wilder hopes to have him back in contention around early December, although he admits timescales may change either way.
But Max Lowe, who suffered a head injury in the draw with Fulham at Bramall Lane earlier this month, is back in contention for a starting place.
He was close to being available to face Liverpool last weekend but missed out by a day, as United were forced to follow concussion protocol guidance and took no chances with the player.
Enda Stevens could continue at left centre-half, freeing up the wing-back spot for either Lowe or Ben Osborn, who impressed in that position at Anfield.
Midfielder John Fleck will miss the game as he recovers from a back injury picked up on international duty with Scotland earlier this season.
As for City, they will travel across the Pennines without star striker Sergio Aguero who suffered a thigh injury in the 1-1 draw at West Ham United on Saturday.
Gabriel Jesus continues his comeback from a muscular injury sustained on the opening day of the season and will also be missing, although summer signing Nathan Ake is close to a return but missed the trip to Marseille in the Champions League on Tuesday.
Fernandinho and Benjamin Mendy have been sidelined for recent games and are doubts.
Who is the referee?
The referee is Michael Oliver, with Stuart Burt and Simon Bennett his assistants.
Peter Bankes is the fourth official, with Paul Tierney on VAR duty.
What are the odds?
Sky Bet is offering the following odds on the game:
Sheffield United – 17/2
Draw – 19/4
Manchester City – 2/7
Are any tickets available?
No. All Premier League games are currently being played behind closed doors due to the Covid-19 pandemic.