It seems like a no brainer. Sheffield United have two good fixtures during this double gameweek 30+, they are in pretty good form and they could possibly play European football next season if they finish well, but which assets should we consider and how many?
Let’s dig deeper.
The first thing to consider is the chips you have in hand and your overall strategy for the remaining fixtures.
If you plan to play your “Free Hit” chip for DGW 30+, then you should definitely consider picking three Sheffield United players.
You could also triple up if you have managed to hold on to your “Wild Card” and intend to play it in GW31+. If you have already played your “Wild Card”, I must point out that Sheffield United play Manchester United and Spurs in GW31+ and GW32+ respectively.
Two Blades assets seem like a safe bet if you have to plan your team for more than just DGW 30+ given that their assets are relatively not too costly. You could get two decent players for a price of around 10-11 mil.
Form and Motivation
Sheffield United have won three of their last four premier league matches. In fact, they have lost only to Liverpool and Manchester City in the league since October.
GW 25: Sheffield United 0 – 1 Manchester City
GW 26: Crystal Palace 0 – 1 Sheffield United
GW 27: Sheffield United 2 – 1 Bournemouth
GW 28: Sheffield United 1 – 1 Brighton and Hove Albion
GW 29: Sheffield United 1 – 0 Norwich City
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The Blades also sit seventh in the table currently. They are two points behind Manchester United (in fifth place) with a game in hand. If Manchester City’s European ban holds, Sheffield United could very well be playing Champions League football next season if they finish in the top 5.
Even playing Europa would be massive for a club that just got promoted to the Premier League this season. Chris Wilder is not likely to pass up this opportunity and will field a strong team for all their remaining fixtures.
Sheffield United play Aston Villa and Newcastle United in DGW 30+.
Both are away games but I don’t think that should matter given the empty stands. While Sheffield United have been in pretty good form on the road as well, it must be noted that both Aston Villa and Newcastle United have had better results when they play in front of their home fans. So the empty stands work more in favour of Sheffield United.
Assessing the Assets
Sheffield United are pretty solid defensively and they don’t concede too many goals. If you are playing your “Free Hit” chip or planning to “Wild Card” after this game-week, you could consider doubling up on their defence.Embed from Getty Images
Their full backs, Enda Stevens ( 2 goals and 2 assists) and George Baldock (2 goals and 3 assists) do offer an attacking threat and they cost a little over 5 mil. At £0.5 less, their centre backs (Egan, Basham, O’Connell) are good value at that price range.
John Lundstram (128 FPL points, 4 goals, 3 assists and 15 bonus points), has started only one game since the arrival of Sander Berge in the January transfer window. He could possibly start one of the two games in this DGW. So if you already have him, you could hold him but it probably doesn’t make sense bringing him in just for this DGW.
Dean Henderson (122 FPL points, 10 Clean Sheets and 11 bonus points) is a good option if you are playing your “Free Hit” chip or your “Bench Boost” chip and you have another starting goalkeeper as well. The catch is that he won’t be starting GW 31+, since Sheffield United are playing his parent club, Manchester United.Embed from Getty Images
In midfield, John Fleck (94 FPL points, 5 goals, 2 assists and 13 bonus points) is the only stand out candidate. It must be noted that both Aston Villa and Newcastle have conceded quite a few goals from set pieces and it is possible that Fleck could sneak in as assist.
In attack, Chris Wilder tends to rotate his strikers frequently. While Lys Mousset (71 FPL points, 5 goals, 4 assists and 9 bonus points) could be a good differential, he is likely to start only one of the two games.
I think it boils down to your budget.
Once you have loaded your Manchester City assets and figured out the balance of the rest of your squad, you could probably opt for at the least one center back. O’ Connell (costing £4.7m) has started every minute of this season.
So has George Baldock (costing £5.1m), but I must add that the chances of getting an attacking return is slim. It could be worth a punt if you have the funds.
John Fleck is probably the only non-defensive option that you could pick. The rest (Lundstram, Mousset, McBurnie) are all likely to start only one of two games. It might make more sense to pick one of the other single game-week players from the other teams who have good fixtures.