Our live match stream is up and running ahead of Sunday afternoon’s Premier League fixture Sheffield Utd v West Ham, kicking off at 2pm BST.
You can keep an eye on the commentary as it happens below, but first, we take a preview into the fixture, the lineups, predictions and much more.
In each side’s previous game, Sheffield Utd were on the end of a 4-1 defeat at Chelsea. Tammy Abraham, Ben Chilwell, Thiago Silva and Timo Werner took the Blues to third in Premier League table; Hakim Ziyech registered two assists in man-of-the-match performance; winless Sheffield United remained bottom.
West Ham were lucky to come away with a 1-0 win. Ademola Lookman missed a last-minute penalty with a terrible Panenka attempt; Tomas Soucek had scored minutes earlier for the Hammers; the game had looked destined for a draw heading into injury time.
Sheff Utd boss Chris Wilder on season so far: “We can’t control the fixture list, the contact injuries we have had, a few decisions that have gone against us but we will look at ourselves first and foremost – stuff we can control. Better at set pieces for and against, a bit of quality in the final third. Some fundamental to make us the best we can be. Unfortunately I can’t affect people’s opinion but the top and bottom of it is we are in the position we are in. Like last year you can only reflect at certain periods on the bigger picture and that’s a reflection of the season at the end of it. We’re realistic. if we don’t pick up points quickly it’s going to be a struggle.”
Wilder on injury news: “There are a couple of issues. Always difficult when they go away and out of our control – different standards and issues. Got a couple of injury situations. Mousset’s back in full time training and might be available. John Fleck has been training – that’s a huge boost. For the other players rto se them back training and back to full tilt it’s great for everyone. There are a few we will leave til the last minute.”
On a relegation fight: “It’s a difficult one for me to talk about. Or start and obviously are we going to replicate what we did last year? That’s going to be difficult of course. This season has brought different challenges which I’ve spoken about. We are always going to understand its going to be a scrap and a battle right the way through. It would be unfair to take my comments as negative. I’m just realistic for Sheffield United in the PL, and realistic for the start we have had. It’s not how you start, it’s how you finish and all those saying will be coming out, we have got to just get on and take it game by game. Our points total is not good enough. We can’t change what’s happening but we can change what’s ahead of us. Fleck and Mousset coming back is huge. The break coming up has been good and given us a chance to reset.”
On West Ham: “All water under the bridge. We had a couple of great results against them last year. They are an established PL team, with a lot of good players and an outstanding manager who is putting a mark on his team. The fixture list as it had been, it doesn’t change anything it’s still a tough opposition. They’ve had a good start and it’s a match we are really looking forward to.”
David Moyes on Michail Antonio’s fitness:“He’s back doing training. We’ve got a couple of days yet to see how he is. The truth is I couldn’t give you a complete answer, but he’s getting much closer that’s for sure.”
On the international break…“It’s a fixture list which we knew was there. International teams have to get their games played. I don’t think there’s an easy solution to the testing situation.”
On maintaining momentum…“We want to keep our form up and keep playing the way we’re playing. We’ve been creating a lot of chances and we want to keep that going.”
On Sunday’s opponents, Sheffield United…“They’ve had a very similar run of games to us at the start of the season. They’ve also had a couple of injuries to key players.”They’ve got a really good manager and a good group of players who have been around together for a long time, and that will make them strong which they can use as the season goes on.”
On the demands of football management…“The strains and pressures of the job are really high. Young managers coming into it have to realise that’s part of the game. It’s a big difference from being a player when you have to look after so many different things. The pressures come with the job.”
Sheffield United Premier League form: LLDLLL
West Ham United Premier League form: WWDDLW
West Ham United form (all competitions): LWDDLW
Sheffield United possible starting lineup:
Ramsdale; Basham, Egan, Robinson; Baldock, Berge, Ampadu, Lundstram, Lowe; McBurnie, McGoldrick
West Ham United possible starting lineup:
Fabianski; Balbuena, Ogbonna, Cresswell; Coufal, Rice, Soucek, Masuaku; Bowen, Antonio, Benrahma
It’s surprising to see Sheffield United struggling so badly. The worrying thing for them last time out was not that they lost to Chelsea, but that they had such a soft centre.
That is unusual for Chris Wilder’s team so the alarm bells will be ringing. I am backing them to turn the corner this weekend, though.
Lawro’s prediction: 2-0
Right then, time to keep an eye out for live match stream on Sheffield Utd v West Ham from kick off at 2:00pm…