Sheffield United will host Derby County at Bramall Lane Stadium on Matchday 9 of the 2021/22 EFL Championship season. Sheffield United currently sit 14th in the table, having earned nine points from their first eight games, with two wins, three draws and three defeats. The Blades have scored 12 goals and also conceded 12 in the opening eight games of the campaign. Visitors Derby County sit at the bottom of the EFL Championship standings, after suffering a twelve-point deduction after confirming the appointment of administrators. The Rams had ten points after eight games, but after the reduction now are six points behind second-last placed Nottingham Forest.
The Blades have the ninth-highest xG in all of the championship, with an accumulated xG of 11.73, which is very high compared to Derby County, who have the fifth-lowest xG of 7.00 in the Championship so far. The Rams have had two wins and four draws with just two defeats in the first eight league games and would have been above Sheffield United in the Championship standings without the point deduction that they had to face.
Sheffield United have taken a total of 96 shots in the league so far this season, out of which 32 have been on target and they have scored 12 goals. The visitors, Derby County on the other hand have had just 74 shots so far, out of which only 22 shots have been on target, which is the second-lowest in the league. The Rams have only scored six goals in the first eight games, but have also only conceded seven.
In terms of the total number of passes, both teams are in the top half of the EFL Championship. The Blades are only behind Swansea City in the total number of passes and have a total of 4163 passes. The Rams, on the other hand, have the 11th highest number of passes with 2916.
The total number of forward passes in the above viz are a reflection of the team’s attacking intent with their passing. Derby County have had the 10th highest number of passes in the forward direction in the league with 1091, while Sheffield United also have the second-highest forward passes with 1312.
Derby County have been good with their defence so far this season, having lost just two games and conceded only 11 goals. They have made the most clearances in the entire Championship with 209 clearances, and have only conceded more goals than league leaders AFC Bournemouth and fourth-placed Coventry City.
Billy Sharp has so far been the best player for The Blades this season, and has already scored two goals and provided two assists in the eight league games. The above viz is a shot map for Sharp, showing that he has a real strong presence in the penalty box, and will definitely look to add to his goal contributions when they host Derby County on the weekend.
Wayne Rooney’s team have been doing a decent job so far, but with the point-deduction are now six points behind second-last placed Forest. They will need a special performance in the upcoming games if they want to escape the relegation zone. T.ey have not scored many goals so far, but have in fact been one of the best defences in the championship so far this season.
Sheffield United’s Predicted Starting XI (4-2-3-1): GK: Robin Olsen; RB: George Baldock, CBs: John Egan, Ben Davies, LB: Norrington-Davies; CDMs: Conor Hourihane, John Fleck; RAM: Rhian Brewster, CAM: Morgan Gibbs-White, LAM: Ben Osborn; ST: Billy Sharp
(Injuries: David Mcgoldrick, Enda Stevens, Jack O’Connell, Lys Mousset)
Derby County’s Predicted starting XI (4-2-3-1): GK: Kelle Roos; RB: Nathan Byrne, CBs: Phil Jagielka, Curtis Davies, LB: Lee Buchanan; CDMs: Max Bird, Graeme Shinnie; RAM: Louie Sibley, CAM: Ravel Morrison, LAM: Tom Lawrence; ST: Sam Baldock
(Injuries: Colin Kazim-Richards and Krystian Bielik)