Match Preview: Sheffield U (H) 17.12.2011

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Martin Fox

Unofficial Sheffield Utd fan site makes a few predictions for Saturday

KEY PLAYER: Ched Evans
Despite many eyes focused on every recent team sheet hoping for the long awaited return of James Beattie – without a doubt the man of the moment is Ched Evans. After a difficult start to his Blades career, Ched is on fire of late, is looking confident and is a man on a mission. Another brace at the weekend added to the tally and if there’s one player you’d single out as likely to make the difference at the moment it’s Evans.

It seems such a long time ago, but Cherries loanee Simon Francis is an ex-Blade. Neil Warnock paid a couple of hundred thousand for Simon, beating a few other interested parties for his signature at a time when Francis was still an up and coming talent at Bradford. Francis never managed to force his way into the side regularly and following time out with glandular fever and a couple of loan spells, he eventually left for Southend.

PREDICTION:  The Blades need to put a bit of a run together and will be targeting as many points as possible over the Christmas period to put us in a healthy position to challenge in the New Year. That doesn’t mean however that they’ll be expecting to steamroller the Cherries who are in a decent run of form themselves. I see a tight game, probably decided by the odd goal and will plump for a 1-0 win to the Blades with a goal from Ched Evans.


TFTSE regular and AFC Bournemouth old boy offers his thoughts for the game

The usual routine is to go to the pub, or at least drink some beer and head to the football and swear at the referee with my chosen swear word of the day. Nothing is likely to change, except the swear words. Perhaps I will come up with a New’s Year resolution, drink more beer and swear even more.

PREDICTION:  I can’t remember ever seeing Bournemouth play the Blades. I know it was a long time ago the last meeting (see below), as they have been in the divisions above. They are on a roll, but so are the Cherries, so its definitely going to be tight. I am undecided so I am going to go for a one all draw. Boring I know. Or, how about a 1-0 win or loss, I don’t know…

Bournemouth 1 | Draw 4 | Sheffield Utd 5


Sheffield Utd 4 – 2 Bournemouth

English Div 2 (old) | Sat 28Apr 1990

AFCB scorers: n/a

Sheffield Utd 2 – 0 Bournemouth

FA CUP | Sat 06Jan 1990

AFCB scorers: n/a

Bournemouth 0 – 1 Sheffield Utd

English Div 2 (old) | Sat 11Nov 1989

AFCB scorers: n/a

Bournemouth 1 – 2 Sheffield Utd

English Div 2 (old) | Sat 16Jan 1988

AFCB scorers: n/a

Sheffield Utd 0 – 1 Bournemouth

English Div 2 (old) | Sat 15Aug 1987

AFCB scorers: n/a

Bournemouth manager Lee Bradbury:

It’s a big test for us, but there is nothing to fear. They have won their last five games and they are a threat. They have strength up top, are a strong team and pass the ball well with some really good individuals within the team. You look right through their team, and they are Championship players.

We know we will have to be at our best to get a result, but we are going in to the game in great form ourselves and coming off the back of a good win at Huddersfield. It will be a tough test, but if you want to be successful, then you have to beat the best teams.

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