Sheffield United vs Burnley preview: A pair of dismal seasons come to an end at Bramall Lane
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The suffering of Sheffield United fans is almost complete with the final game of the Premier League season at Brammall Lane against Burnley.

5,096 fans will witness the final chapter of a dismal campaign for the home side, with the game also live on BT Sport.

Neither team has a lot to play for, the already-relegated Blades can not finish higher than bottom while the visitors could rise to 15th if results go their way.

The Clarets are coming off the back of a rough week, conceding seven goals without reply in two games against Leeds United and then Liverpool.

Sheffield United picked up a surprise victory at Goodison Park against Everton, yet suffered a defeat in front of 10,000 fans at Newcastle United.

  • Team News

Both sides have been ravaged by injuries, and it isn’t too different for either side for this final game.

The hosts are without Oli McBurnie who will miss Euro 2020 through injury, and Oliver Burke and Billy Sharp are also ruled out.

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This means 17 year-old Daniel Jebbison is likely to keep his place up front alongside David McGoldrick.

In defence, Jack O’Connell and on-loan Ethan Ampadu are also missing, and George Baldock is expected to be out after missing the defeat at St. James’ Park.

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Sander Berge could have played his last game at the club as he looks set to miss out through injury, while John Lundstram is expected to be absent after his contract renewal talks fell through – and could be in line to join Burnley.

The main question lies in goal for the East Lancashire outfit, with Nick Pope stepping up his recovery from a knee injury.

If he isn’t passed fit, Will Norris and Bailey Peacock-Farrell will battle it out for the goalkeeper position, with both not exactly covering themselves with glory in the last two defeats.

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The away side are without Robbie Brady, Kevin Long, Dale Stephens and Phil Bardsley who all have issues needing surgery.

Ashley Barnes might be on the bench again despite his drink-driving charge earlier this week.

  • Predicted Line-ups

Sheffield United:

Ramsdale; Basham, Egan, Robinson; Bogle, Osborn, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens; McGoldrick, Jebbison.

Burnley:

Pope; Lowton, Tarkowski, Mee, Taylor; Gudmundsson, Cork, Westwood, McNeil; Brownhill; Wood.

  • Ones to watch

Daniel Jebbison

The youngster has performed admirably in his first two games, looking dangerous on his debut at Everton when he scored his first senior goal.

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His ability to run in behind will likely cause some issues for Ben Mee and James Tarkowski, and that is something that he Jebbison could take advantage of that.

He will make a great impression in front of the home fans on his first appearance there.

Josh Brownhill

On Wednesday, Brownhill seemed to play in a more advanced role, and it suited him tremendously.

The former Bristol City man found himself in plenty of goalscoring opportunities to find the net for the first time in the top-flight.

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In a game against an already relegated side, Brownhill could find himself popping up in advanced positions, creating opportunities for himself or others around him.

  • Past meeting

Burnley 1-0 Sheffield United (Premier League 29/12/2020)

Ben Mee’s first half header left Sheffield United 11 points from safety after just 16 games and without a win.

Captain Mee headed home from a corner to secure all three points for The Clarets for the third time in five games after a poor start to the season themselves.

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Ashley Barnes and Chris Wood both went close from inside the area with Aaron Ramsdale making smart saves.

Burnley dominated in the first half and kept Sheffield United at bay for the majority of the game, with Rhian Brewster’s header cleared off the line being the closest the Blades came.

It was the first time the hosts had won consecutive league games at Turf Moor since October 2019, while it was a 19th straight game for the visitors without a clean sheet.

  • How to watch

Sheffield United vs Burnley is at Bramall Lane, on BT Sport with a 4pm kick-off, the same as the rest of the games on Sunday.

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