Sheffield United Match Preview
By Tom Dowsett
Friday 10 Jan 2020 13:23:00
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After finally claiming that long-awaited third home win of the season against AFC Bournemouth the last time they were in Premier League action, West Ham United will be keen to back that up by clinching another away success when they head to Bramall Lane to take on newly-promoted Sheffield United tonight.

The Hammers were briefly in the bottom three on New Year's Day before their game against the Cherries but that success lifted them straight out of the relegation zone and up to sixteenth in the table, while dropping Eddie Howe's side into the mire in the process.

The last time David Moyes took charge of the Irons, his first home win was followed by an away victory. He would love to try and repeat that feat, as the visitors will hope to bounce back on the road after the late defeat to Crystal Palace on Boxing Day.

Chris Wilder's side have been unfortunate that their last two top-flight games have been against both Manchester City and Liverpool and he will be desperate to bring that run to an end with a result here.

Up until the defeat at the Etihad Stadium on 28 December, the Blades had been unbeaten on the road in a run which included the reverse fixture where they came from behind to earn a 1-1 draw in October. The East Londoners were looking to atone for a poor day's work at Everton in the previous match and despite taking a first-half lead, the side who were automatically promoted alongside title winners Norwich City prevented the Irons from getting back to winning ways.

Angelo Ogbonna took the captaincy for the club's third-round FA Cup tie against Sky Bet League One side Gillingham in the absence of Mark Noble but the regular skipper should be fit enough to return and regain the armband. Aaron Cresswell will also be hoping to return after his own minor injury. If he does, then Arthur Masuaku will be the one to miss out.

Manuel Lanzini is another name looking to be brought back into the starting line-up after being dropped to the bench against the Cherries.

Ryan Fredericks had to be replaced just before the break at The Priestfield Stadium due to a hamstring injury and faces up to six weeks out. Pablo Zabaleta is the most likely option to fill in for him, just as he did when the former Fulham man was suspended for the game at Selhurst Park.

Winston Reid is yet to make a first start since returning to the squad after injury and he is another option should the manager feel the need to make changes in defence.

Tonight's match is an 8pm kick-off and it will be the third straight fixture to involve the Hammers that will be televised. Coverage will be screened by Sky Sports from 7pm. The referee is Michael Oliver.

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