The lowdown on Sheffield United versus West Brom
This evening’s match at Bramall Lane is of crucial importance in the battle for Premier League survival, with Sheffield United knowing a defeat would edge them a step closer towards relegation and West Bromwich Albion entering the contest only a place and four points above Chris Wilder’s bottom placed side.
The Star’s James Shield identifies some of the major figures set to be involved and analyses the statistics surrounding both clubs’ seasons so far.
The Teams: United - Ramsdale, Basham, Egan, Ampadu, Baldock, Bogle, Norwood, Fleck, Lundstram, McGoldrick, Sharp. West Brom - Johnstone, Bartley, Maitland-Niles, Ajayi., Snodgrass, Gallagher, Livermore, Gibbs, Diagne, Furlong, Pereira.
The Referee: Paul Tierney, who averages 3.71 cautions per game this season, takes charge while Peter Bankes is the VAR. Tierney last oversaw a match involving United five months ago, when they were beaten by Leeds at Bramall Lane. He was also the referee when the faced Burnley in the EFL Cup.
The Form Guide: West Brom have won only one of their last 12 outings in all competitions, scoring an average of one goal per game and conceding an average of 2.83. United have won four times and drawn once across the same period, also scoring an average of one per game but conceding 1.58.
The Last Time: United lost 1-0 at The Hawthorns in November, despite enjoying more possession and 21 attempts on goal during the game. Five of those were on target. Slaven Bilic was sacked three matches later with Sam Allardyce taking charge.