Sheffield United Match Preview
By Tom Dowsett
Friday 25 Oct 2019 20:04:00
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West Ham United suffered back-to-back defeats for the first time this season after their unbeaten Premier League away record ended with the 2-0 defeat at Everton last weekend. Now, they will hope to get back to winning ways and end October with three points when newly-promoted Sheffield United visit Stratford on Saturday afternoon.

The Hammers have a good record against the top-flight newcomers this campaign, as they have already earnt a home success against title winners Norwich City at the end of August and a goalless draw at play-off winners Aston Villa in September. They will be looking to inflict a first away defeat on Chris Wilder's side as they have not won in front of their home fans since the 2-0 victory over Manchester United just over a month ago.

The hosts will be wary of the threat the Blades pose, given that the visitors come into this game off the back of a 1-0 home win against Arsenal. The Irons will have had considerably more time to prepare though, as the encounter against the Gunners at Bramill Lane only took place on Monday night.

A win against last season's Sky Bet Championship runners-up will give the home side some much needed confidence ahead of their second consecutive home game against Newcastle United next Saturday.

The hosts have slipped into the bottom half of the table on goal difference and they will hope to climb back into the top ten with a positive result to end what has otherwise been a disappointing month.

Aaron Cresswell has recovered from the groin injury that meant he missed the trip to Goodison Park a week ago but he is now back in contention and may replace Arthur Masuaku in defence. Manuel Pellegrini is also likely to restore Andriy Yarmolenko to the starting line-up in place of Pablo Fornals, as the Spaniard was ineffective against the Toffees.

If the manager decides to change formation and go with two up front, then there could be a full home debut for striker Albian Ajeti after he finally made his first league appearance for the East Londoners against the Toffees last weekend.

Saturday's match will be the first 3pm kick-off to involve the Hammers since 28 September and the referee is David Coote.

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