Sheffield United vs AFC Bournemouth preview

Friday, February 7th, 2020 9:26am

By Josh O’Brien @JoshJohnOBrien1

Sheffield United take on Bournemouth at Bramall Lane on Sunday afternoon as the Blades bid to get into the top five.

With Tottenham not playing until the next weekend, three points would see Sheffield United leapfrog Spurs into fifth, two points ahead but Mourinho’s men will have a game in hand.

Bournemouth hover just two points above the bottom three, but may take some confidence from the fact that Sheffield United’s home form is actually inferior to their points tally on their travels.

It’s fair to say the two sides have had contrasting seasons. Sheffield United have cemented their status as many fans second team. With a unique playing style and a refreshingly charismatic manager, their first spell back in the Premier League can be considered nothing short of a success so far.

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Bournemouth on the other hand, sit 17th in the form guide with four losses in their last six outings. They do however, go into the clash with back to back wins. Consecutive wins against Brighton and Aston Villa will give the Cherries confidence they can take something from the tie.

For the first time during his second spell in the dugout, Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has come in for criticism this season, his side losing 13 times this season with a goal difference of -13.

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Both Manager’s can proudly claim they have taken their sides from League 1 to the pinnacle of English football, though Chris Wilder’s job looks a lot more secure than his counterpart.

Last time they met, these sides played out a 1-1 draw on the opening day of the season after Billy Sharp’s late equaliser ensured the points were shared.

Team News:

Sheffield United

Chris Wilder can breathe a sigh of relief when he looks at his side’s injury list, as there are no notable absentee’s for the Blades.

After impressing in his cameo substitute appearance last weekend, record signing Sander Berge could be facing his first start for his new side.

Bournemouth

Bournemouth on the other hand, have a whole host of injuries to deal with.

David Brookes, Charlie Daniels, Jack Stacey, Josh King and Lloyd Kelly are all forced out of action.

Jefferson Lerma is also unavailable after his rather soft red card against Aston Villa last weekend.

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