The week’s gone by very slowly, and I for one am analysed out. Whether it’s writing gargantuan posts which have to be split into two because they’re so obscene, or some trawling the internet to confirm the existence of some Maltese giant – I just want some football now, ennit?
So, let’s kick off our 16 game “season” (as Mr Robins has termed it) with tasty trip to Sheffield on a Friday night. Being 4 points behind them (and the play-offs).. I guess we could probably do with continuing to breathe heavily down their necks.
How are they getting on?
For a long, long time, they were looking extremely likely automatic promotion candidates. Rarely extravagant, but annoyingly consistent, they’ve still only lost 4 games this season. However, recent form of 2 draws and 2 defeats in their 4 games since Boxing Day has sent them tumbling down to 6th. It’s an unforgiving place at the top, and we’ll be looking to add to their current upset by drawing them closer to us lot in the chasing pack.
Who could cause us trouble?
It’s been a week of change at Bramall Lane. Top scorer Nick Blackman has buggered off to Reading for the bright lights of a Premiership relegation scrap, but they’ve been quick to grab reinforcements. Jonathan Forte has come in on loan from Southampton, while the acquisition of Barry Robson on a free transfer has the potential to be particularly astute. Both look likely to start, and shake up the Blades’ form.
As always, I like to give an obligatory coo-ee to former players. Hello Michael Doyle. We never got along, but you don’t half know how to chalk up the games. I guess you must be doing something right, you old trooper, you.
Sky Blues team news
The transfer window ended up pretty tamely, with no additional players joining the ranks on top those who’d arrived earlier in the month. Gary Madine was mentioned, and we were certainly keen, but that didn’t materialise. Plenty of people also fell for an elaborate Twitter hoax claiming we’d signed Malta’s very own Andre the Giant – Kurt Drago.
Turns out, that was nothing more than some guys taking us fools for fools. Well, not me – I had the ultimate Twitter algorithm to help me out.
Anyway, that has sod all to do with our starting line-up.
Robins is missing a few players from previous squads, with Cody McDonald now with Gillingham for a period, while Royboy O’Donovan has bid us goodbye. So long, Roy.
This leaves him relatively light in attacking areas, with only 3 genuinely recognisable strikers at his disposal. The call is once again to decide whether he fancies a change of formation to bring in someone to partner Leon Clarke, or just stick to the 4-5-1.
Gary McSheffrey and Stephen Elliott should both be available after missing Preston, with McSheffrey primed to return in place of John Fleck or Frank Moussa.
Carl Baker plays. Because Carl Baker always plays.
BREAKING: Given how late this is – the team has just been announced and Elliott and McSheffrey are in for Fleck and Bailey. Intriguing.
Well copied, me.
In the games I’ve seen of Sheffield Utd this season, they’ve not been the best of all the teams at the top. They’re a pretty well drilled unit, and are always able to grab a goal if necessary, though.
What is drawing me towards us grabbing a win is their recent form. It’s not much to go on, but I think a 2-0 win might be in order (Nii Lamptey Show rules dictate I can’t change).
What do you think to that, eh!? I’ve run quite mad.