A closer look at the Blades ahead of our trip to Bramall Lane on Saturday.
- Latics travel to Sheffield United on Saturday 6th February (kick-off 3pm).
- Gary Caldwell’s side could move within one point of the automatic promotion spots with victory, the Blades could return to the top six with all three points.
- First meeting at Bramall Lane since 2007’s memorable final day Premier League survival.
Sky Bet League One
Sheffield United v Wigan Athletic
Saturday 6th February 2016, kick-off 3.00pm
Latics are set to be roared on by over 1,500 travelling supporters as they look to continue their fine run on the road this season which has seen Gary Caldwell’s side go unbeaten on their travels since September’s 3-2 loss at Port Vale.
Saturday’s home win over the Valiants extended Latics’ current unbeaten run to eight league games, a record bettered only by Nottingham Forest in the Football League.
Sheffield United have won just once in their last fixtures in all competitions, though they are unbeaten in four games after their extraordinary comeback at the DW Stadium just over a month ago was followed by a win at Colchester United and consecutive draws with Swindon Town and Blackpool.
Sat ninth in the table, Nigel Adkins’ side are well-placed for a push into the top six, though their defensive record will have to improve, especially on their own patch, as no side in the top 16 has conceded more than the 22 have shipped in their own backyard.
SHEFFIELD UNITED IN 2015/16 SO FAR
Last six (league): WLDWDD
Biggest win: 3-0 v Fleetwood Town (H)
Biggest defeat: 0-4 v Gillingham (A)
Home record: W7 D2 L5
Away record: W4 D7 L3
Goals scored: 45 (28H + 17A)
Goals conceded: 39 (22H + 17A)
Leading goal scorer: Billy Sharp – 14
Michael Jacobs and Sanmi Odelusi remain absent for Latics whilst Kevin McNaughton and Andy Kellett’s recoveries continue, though Saturday could be too soon for the former Scotland international.
Sam Morsy and Ryan Colclough will hope to make their first starts whilst new addition Conor McAleny will look to make his Latics debut.
For the Blades, midfielder Chris Basham and strikers Matt Done and Billy Sharp should recover in time despite Basham and Done both missing United’s draw with Blackpool and Sharp being subbed off in that game.
Latics and the Blades have met 15 times in the league, with the Steel City club edging the head-to-head record 6-5 in terms of matches won.
Biggest Win: Wigan Athletic 4 – 0 Sheffield United, 18 September 2004, goals from Nathan Ellington (2) and Jason Roberts (2).
Biggest Defeat: Sheffield United 2 -0 Wigan Athletic, 9 April 1983, goals from Paul Richardson and Mike Trusson.