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Ironops Posted on 11/02/2019 09:27
Is Sheff Utd a must win for top 2 finish?
 
 
Im thinking it is. 7 points off Leeds with a game in hand but fail to beat Sheff Utd...
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boro8686 Posted on 11/02/2019 09:31

Is Sheff Utd a must win for top 2 finish?

 
I'd be more worried that we might not make a play off spot, we won't trouble the top two again this season.
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BoroBen92 Posted on 11/02/2019 09:33

Is Sheff Utd a must win for top 2 finish?

 
Obviously not mathematically, but I'd say so.

As much as a draw was still a decent result, I think it's hamstrung us if we're hoping to catch Leeds or Norwich.

Just got to hope that Leeds terrible form continues and they don't take too momentum from that equaliser.
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SmogOnOuseburn Posted on 11/02/2019 09:34

Is Sheff Utd a must win for top 2 finish?

 
Try again in April with the "must win" rubbish. After Wednesday we have 45 points to play for. I doubt that we will be 46 points off second place, so the answer is ........

No!
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Boromart Posted on 11/02/2019 09:38

Is Sheff Utd a must win for top 2 finish?

 
I think to make the top 2 would require 10 wins and a handful of draws in 16 games. It probably doesn't entirely matter who that is against, but beating Sheff Utd would probably put them as outsiders for a top 2 slot.
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redwurzel Posted on 11/02/2019 09:40

Is Sheff Utd a must win for top 2 finish?

 
88 points should be enough for second this season. Leeds looked a decent side, but nothing special, the same as ourselves.

A win would be great on Wednesday, but remember a draw takes points off SU. It will be a very tough game.
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Marvanelli Posted on 11/02/2019 09:47

Is Sheff Utd a must win for top 2 finish?

 
I can't see how we can compete for top 2 anyways, as our home form is simply disgraceful for a side in the top 6.

Our away form is sublime mind so I wouldn't put us past us putting in a performance on Wednesday.

Looking at Villa's goals on Friday, Sheff Utd are weak as pi$$ from crosses into the box. Their keeper and defenders didn't know how to deal with them so I'm hoping we exploit that weakness of theirs....especially given how tall, strong and powerful we can line up.
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Humpty Posted on 11/02/2019 10:12
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Is Sheff Utd a must win for top 2 finish?

 
I'm surprised people still think top 2 is within our grasp.
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bear66 Posted on 11/02/2019 10:16

Is Sheff Utd a must win for top 2 finish?

 
Probably an outside chance if we'd won on Saturday, but a small possibility of getting anywhere near now. WBA, Sheff U and Bristol City are more likely than us to get that second spot.
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Ticker_Tape Posted on 11/02/2019 10:20

Is Sheff Utd a must win for top 2 finish?

 
Like it Ironops, we need to put them on the spot and try to get this osaurus ball team to deliver a top 2.[^]

Then we can give DA and Hopeso etc the credit.



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Ironops Posted on 11/02/2019 10:21

Is Sheff Utd a must win for top 2 finish?

 
West Brom still have a lot of very tough matches - including against local rivals like Brum and Villa. Cant see them making it.

I think Norwich will go up as champions - they just have that look about them, think Leeds could slip up though.

Hope so
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newyddion Posted on 11/02/2019 10:35

Is Sheff Utd a must win for top 2 finish?

 
I can's see where the extra goal are coming from for a top two finish.
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coluka Posted on 11/02/2019 10:37

Is Sheff Utd a must win for top 2 finish?

 
Personally its a not lose game for me. That said, a draw would make life difficult to get top 2. We need to go on a run similar to Bristols to achieve anything like top 2.

If I am honest I dont see it happening, but so long as we give 100% with what we have thats all we can ask and hope for. The play offs are far from guaranteed.
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Ticker_Tape Posted on 11/02/2019 10:40

Is Sheff Utd a must win for top 2 finish?

 
This is were Osaurus needs to get us to force more corners and high up throw ins to score from set pieces. Thats all we have.

Theres no sign of a meteorite so Osaurus might just do it.
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Greenandblack Posted on 11/02/2019 10:43

Is Sheff Utd a must win for top 2 finish?

 
Even a draw at the Blades could well see us drop out of the play offs.

Personally I think a top two place is long gone, but if Pulis can take the handbrake off at home, we could get 4th.
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redwurzel Posted on 11/02/2019 11:33

Is Sheff Utd a must win for top 2 finish?

 
We are going at 2 points per game over the last 6 games (Leeds, WBA, Millwall, Brum, Derby, Ipswich) at that rate we will get 83 points which will not be enough so top 2 is a stretch if all teams perform as they should. One year I think Hull went up in second place with 83 points.
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Muttley Posted on 11/02/2019 11:49

Is Sheff Utd a must win for top 2 finish?

 
"Try again in April with the "must win" rubbish."

This.

Far too early for this sort of shidt-the-bed dramatics.
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Ticker_Tape Posted on 11/02/2019 11:51

Is Sheff Utd a must win for top 2 finish?

 
Turn the heat up or they will just float along out of the play offs.

Expectation, footballers have to live with it sooner or later.
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glover_elbow Posted on 11/02/2019 11:58

Is Sheff Utd a must win for top 2 finish?

 
I can see norwich and sheff utd piping Leeds. It could be a Wembley showdown for us against leeds
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emphony Posted on 11/02/2019 12:12

Is Sheff Utd a must win for top 2 finish?

 
If we come away with 3 points against Sheff U, then it has been a much better month than I expected. I was genuinely concerned we would come out of these 3 games with no points at all!
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RC92 Posted on 11/02/2019 12:14

Is Sheff Utd a must win for top 2 finish?

 
I don't think it's must win, but it would be a massive psychological boost if we did win there - even better if we went there and won, whilst playing well.

Too many tough games to be played for the next round of games to be a decider:

Sheffield United v. Boro
Villa v. West Brom
Norwich v. Bristol City
West Brom v. Sheffield United
Leeds v. West Brom
Sheffield United v. Sheffield Wednesday
Bristol City v. Leeds
Leeds v. Sheffield United
Villa v. Boro
Sheffield United v. Bristol City
Boro v. Norwich
Boro v. Bristol City
Bristol City v. West Brom
Villa v. Bristol City
Leeds v. Villa
Villa v. Norwich

Plus all the games against other teams hovering around the play-offs & teams that came into form.

Late March / Early April would be the best time to look at it when we have to play Norwich (H), Bristol City (H) and Swansea (A) within 8 days.
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Indeedido Posted on 11/02/2019 12:29

Is Sheff Utd a must win for top 2 finish?

 
Top 2 is barmy talk.
We have 2 wins out of 11 home matches and got just 12 points, scoring 8 goals and conceding 10.

We're nowhere near 2 points per match and even if we start and get that to the season end we will have 83.
Leeds would need just 25 points from 15 matches.
I ant see us getting more points than West Brom in the remaining matches either.

If our Home form continues then missing out on play offs is far more likely than making top 2.

I hope some of you are right mind[^]
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boro19 Posted on 11/02/2019 12:29

Is Sheff Utd a must win for top 2 finish?

 
We're on 51 points with 16 to go resulting in us needing 10-11 wins to hit the 80+ point mark then we need some 2-3 draws to push us over the 85+ mark which is borderline top 2. So we really can only afford 1 or 2 losses and must try to win every game
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Ticker_Tape Posted on 11/02/2019 12:32

Is Sheff Utd a must win for top 2 finish?

 
Might not be great to watch, but we could get some excitement by beating the fancy dans.
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Stewiepark Posted on 11/02/2019 12:41

Is Sheff Utd a must win for top 2 finish?

 
perhaps the home form will come good.Can't completely write us off if we only draw, I'd say a defeat probably would be curtains. Hopefully we do the business, think we have looked a really decent side since Mikel started playing for us, good performances against 2 big rivals, in WBA and Leeds, so if we can continue to improve perhaps the home form will come good.
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borobuddah Posted on 11/02/2019 12:50

Is Sheff Utd a must win for top 2 finish?

 
It would certainly help, keep yer eye on Derby though, going like a train 😟
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Funky_Chicken Posted on 11/02/2019 12:51

Is Sheff Utd a must win for top 2 finish?

 
Derby have been very patchy



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otto42 Posted on 11/02/2019 12:59

Is Sheff Utd a must win for top 2 finish?

 
We wont get top two, we have drawn too many hime games already. I think it is a must not lose game for a play off spot.

As well as the current top 7, Villa, Birmingham and Forest are all serious challengers with Hull and Preston possible surprise packages.

We could easily finish any where from about 4th to 11th. I'll hibernate from this board if we end 11th, the meltdown will be unbearable [rle]
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GraftLikeNegredo Posted on 11/02/2019 13:03

Is Sheff Utd a must win for top 2 finish?

 
We'll finish 10 points short of top two, no chance will we pick up enough to close that gap.

1.17 goals per game is pathetic, it really is.
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Boromart Posted on 11/02/2019 13:10

Is Sheff Utd a must win for top 2 finish?

 
I think a draw is fine, but then we have a run of games we have to exploit, Blackburn (A), QPR (H), Wigan (A), Brentord (H), Preston (H). A draw against Sheff Utd, and another 13 points against those teams will put us right in the mix for a top two spot. Any less and we are playing for the play offs.

We have a pretty favourable run in too, Stoke (H), Forest (A), Reading (H), Rotherham (A). There is a potential for 10-12 point finishing run.
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Block21 Posted on 11/02/2019 13:14

Is Sheff Utd a must win for top 2 finish?

 
Good posts Boromart

Positivity and agree with everything you said.

The next lot of fixtures after Sheff United looks good to me if we manage to sort that home form out
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borobadge Posted on 11/02/2019 13:16

Is Sheff Utd a must win for top 2 finish?

 
a top 2 finish is well gone. aint gonna 'appen.

no chance of that happening, at the moment theyre gonna struggle to make the play offs. aint gonna 'appen.

in my humble opinion, they wont be involved this year, this week has been typical of our season, win 1, draw 1 and lose 1 (to the one we don't expect to lose to)...when we needed 2 league wins out of the three match games, the cup can always be mugged off. aint gonna 'appen.

and now this week we are chasing and now need 2 away wins on the bounce. aint gonna 'appen.
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Indeedido Posted on 11/02/2019 13:18

Is Sheff Utd a must win for top 2 finish?

 
2 wins in 11 home matches is not a blip.
Why will it improve all of a sudden?

And if it does, why will our very good away form just continue to roll on as a given?
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Ironops Posted on 11/02/2019 13:19

Is Sheff Utd a must win for top 2 finish?

 
Last 10 games form extrapolated out to end of the season:

shows points per game and therefore likely points they will win, then total points

Norwich - 1.7 - 26 - 86
Boro - 1.6 - 26 - 77
Sheff utd - 1.8 - 27 - 82
Derby - 1.6 - 26 - 76
West B - 1.8 - 29 - 82
Leeds - 1.6 - 24 - 82
Bristol City - 2.4 - 38 - 88

So according to form Bristol City are going to romp to the title and we will finish 6th! [:D]
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Ticker_Tape Posted on 11/02/2019 15:02

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1=2 away win Flint and Howson.
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