The first Steel City Derby since 2012 takes place at Hillsborough on Sunday and both sets of fans are desperate for the bragging rights. Wednesday would overtake United in the table if they get the three points.

Form

Wednesday have not lost at home so far this season. They have won two (vs Nottingham Forest and Brentford) and drawn two (vs QPR and Sunderland). They haven’t lost in the league since the opening day.

United lost 1-0 at home to Norwich last time out at Bramall Lane. So far away from home, United have won two (vs Sunderland and Bolton) and lost two (vs Middlesbrough and Cardiff).

Team News

Sam Hutchinson and Almen Abdi are back in full training. Glenn Loovens is back on the training pitch. George Boyd and Fernando Forestieri are still out. Steven Fletcher, Ross Wallace, Barry Bannan and Kieran Lee have all been carrying knocks, but are expected to start.

Blades captain Billy Sharp, Clayton Donaldson, Leon Clarke, James Hanson and Caolan Lavery all missed the previous match, meaning Ched Evans was the only recognised striker.

The FA took no further action against Paul Coutts, so he is available for selection.

Head to Head

Both teams have won 48 times with 44 of the matches being draws. The last time the two met at Hillsborough Wednesday edged it 1-0 thanks to a Chris O’Grady header.

Prediction

As most derbies are, the Steel City Derby is a tight affair. Whilst Carlos Carvalhal has been at Hillsborough, the Owls have had a good record at home. I can see Wednesday just edging this one.

Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Sheffield United


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