Our live stream ahead of Tuesday’s Premier League match, Sheffield United vs Newcastle United is now up, kicking off at 18.00 GMT
You can keep an eye on the commentary as it happens below, but first, we take a preview into the fixture, lineups, predictions and much more…
Sheffield United finally got up and running for the season with a 3-2 triumph at Bristol Rovers to advance to the fourth round of the FA Cup
The Blades finally claimed their first win of the season as they edged a five-goal thriller on Saturday afternoon, with Oliver Burke, Jayden Bogle and an own goal from Joe Day propelling them to victory.
Prior to making the trip to the Memorial Stadium to face League One side Bristol Rovers, Sheffield United had taken to the pitch 18 times in the current campaign, drawing twice and losing 16 times in all competitions.
Eleven of Sheffield United’s last 12 outings in the top flight have ended in defeat and they are 12 points adrift of safety, with survival looking increasingly unlikely unless the Blades can pull off a magnificent turnaround over the next couple of months.
In their last outing, Newcastle faced an intimidating trip to the capital to take on FA Cup defending champions Arsenal, but the Magpies gave it a real good go and forced extra time after a goalless 90 minutes.
However, the up-and-coming Emile Smith Rowe – who had just escaped a red card after a VAR check – put the Gunners in front before Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang wrapped up the win to leave Steve Bruce’s men ruing their missed opportunities in normal time.
Saturday’s defeat at Arsenal extended Newcastle’s winless run to seven matches across all competitions since a 2-1 win over West Bromwich Albion on December 12, and only eight points now separate Bruce’s charges from the dotted line.
Sheffield United and Newcastle last met in June, with the magpies winning 3-0 at St James’ Park…
On Elliot Anderson…
“As soon as he comes onto the pitch, he accepts the ball and receives the ball,”
“He never looks rushed. Everything’s effortless to him and easy. We hope he’s got a big future”
When asked about changes…
“We have Karl Darlow, Fab Schar and Fede Fernandez back and we hope we will have bodies to give us that freshness.”
“With Jamaal Lascelles we had to see how he went, that is what we are stabbing in the dark about.”
“It’s not like a groin strain, it’s after affects of what he had.”
“To be fair to the lad he was down on his feet but it’s good to get 45 minutes under his belt.”
On recent performances…
“The key to it is recovery as the games come thick and fast now.”
“It’s very difficult but we will do our best we can to recover and hopefully we will have some fit bodies back.”
“We’re getting there with the problems that we’ve had. Hopefully, we will have a freshness about us.”
“It doesn’t come any tougher than Man City, Liverpool, Leicester and Arsenal. We’ve had a run of difficult games.”
“In 90 minutes at Arsenal we drew the game and we drew against Liverpool while we were in the game for long stages against Leicester.”
“We did OK at Man City. We have to turn these decent performances around now, score some goals and win a couple of games again.”
“You are always judged on results. Unfortunately we have not had enough good ones.”
“Certainly with who we’ve had to play the fixture schedule was unkind.”
“But that’s the Premier League and you’ve got to play everybody twice.”
“This run of games has been difficult.”
On the goalkeeping situation…
“We’ve got two quality goalkeepers.”
“Martin again reminded us of what a good goalkeeper he is and Karl has been very good all season. I’ve got one of them awful ones where let’s hope I pick the right one.”
On Sheffield United’s struggles…
“It proves how difficult the Premier League is. They took it by storm last year and this year they’ve had a tough run. They’re a very good side still and we’ll have to be at our best to beat them.”
On Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder…
“I’m not going to comment on anyone else being under pressure. If you manage in the PL, then you’re under pressure, it doesn’t matter who you are. I’ve been in it a long time. It’s all based on results and we all have to get them quickly.”
On Sheffield United’s injuries…
“We would like to think some players would be back – it’s touch and go with a couple and whether Tuesday night comes a little too soon for those players. We got tested yesterday for Covid and results will come through this afternoon, so fingers crossed.”
“Every point in the Premier League is vital and that’s the disappointment from us this year – turning tight games into draws and draws into wins and the difficulty for teams outside the top eight to gain points”
“Newcastle have had some great wins and some don’t advertise it as much as others but staying in the PL is what they are after and possibly Newcastle are in the same situation as a lot of other clubs – they have a strong squad, a strong bench and an experienced manager who has achieved a lot in the game as a player and a manager.”
“t’s just the next game”
“Just got to go and attack the next game. We believe if we play to our best we can get a result and we have felt like that all season, but producing it and thinking it is two different things – we have to produce and if we do and can build off the back of Bristol and then build off the back of Newcastle there are big games ahead of us.”
On Steve Bruce…
“He’s a man I hugely respect, known him from a player-manager here in the late 90s and if you look at his track record where he has been and who he has managed and as a player – I keep saying about longevity about playing and managing at this level.”
“There’s an enormous amount of admiration for these guys who know how cut-throat the competition and industry is and for Steve to still be managing at this level I have a huge amount of respect for.”
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Sheffield United possible starting lineup:
Ramsdale; Egan, Ampadu, Basham; Bogle, Norwood, Fleck, Lundstram, Lowe; McGoldrick, Burke
Newcastle United possible starting lineup:
Dubravka; Yedlin, Fernandez, Clark, Schar, Ritchie; Murphy, Hayden, Shelvey, Almiron; Wilson
Sheffield United 0-2 Newcastle United
Bruce’s perceived negative style of play continues to draw criticism, but the Magpies have every right to feel confident heading into this one after a respectable showing at the Emirates.
Sheffield United’s injury problems continue to mount for the under-fire Wilder, and even though the hosts finally managed to win a game at the weekend, we think Newcastle will do enough to claim all three points here.
Time to take a look at our Sheffield United vs Newcastle United live match stream as it happens…