Off the back of two wins in six days, Norwich City travel to Bramall Lane for Saturday’s Premier League game against Sheffield United (3pm KO).
Our Match Preview contains an opposition guide, looking at the Blades in more detail, as well as information on the game’s officials and important travel updates for City fans making the trip to South Yorkshire.
Building from the back
Sheffield United have surprised fans and pundits alike with their success so far this season, sitting pretty in eighth ahead of this weekend’s game.
That’s been in no small part due to Chris Wilder’s ability to galvanise a team that’s greater than the sum of its parts, with few individuals standing out as key players.
John Fleck has returned five goals in the league in 2019-20, making him the joint top scorer with former Bournemouth forward Lys Mousset.
A gentle supply of goals from John Lundstram and Oliver McBurnie (four apiece) have contributed to ten wins, ten draws and seven defeats in the topflight.
Recent results have showcased a stubborn defensive unit as well. The Blades haven’t conceded more than twice in one game in any competition since November’s 3-3 draw with Manchester United, which remains the only occasion they’ve let in more than two goals in a match all season.
Simon Hooper will be the man in the middle for Saturday’s fixture, with Derek Eaton and Mark Scholes his assistants. Michael Salisbury is the fourth official, while VAR will be conducted by Lee Mason and Ian Hussin.
Hooper has taken charge of 21 games across the Premier League, Championship, League One, FA Cup and League Cup this season, dishing out 78 yellow cards and two reds in the process.
The last time he was appointed for a Norwich game was, incidentally, our 2-1 defeat at home to Sheffield United back in December, in which Hooper gave four bookings to the Blades and none to City. He also sent off Chris Basham for a challenge on Kenny McLean, but VAR intervened and red was downgraded to yellow.
Info for supporters
Supporters are encouraged to leave plenty of time to travel to Bramall Lane, as there is a university open day in the city of Sheffield on Saturday, with over 3000 visitors expected to attend and an increase in traffic close to the city centre anticipated.
Sheffield United have produced a visiting fans’ guide, which includes information on getting to the ground, car parking and accommodation options as well as details for disabled supporters and on food and drink. To view it, click here.
Turnstiles will open approximately 90 minutes before kick-off (1.30pm).
Supporters are not able to purchase tickets at the ground on Saturday.
How to follow
Canaries TV subscribers can listen to live BBC Radio Norfolk commentary from Chris Goreham by purchasing a match/monthly/yearly pass. For more info, click HERE.
We will be running regular updates on our Twitter account, including reaction after the final whistle.