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Match Preview: Sheffield United vs Brentford

All the info ahead of our Sky Bet Championship opener at Bramall Lane

4 August 2017

Match Details

Sheffield United vs Brentford

Bramall Lane

Sky Bet Championship

Kick-Off 3pm

The Opposition

After a six-year stay in Sky Bet League One, The Blades romped to the title last season under Chris Wilder. Their tally of 100 points was 14 points better than second-placed Bolton Wanderers and in Billy Sharp they had the Third Tier's deadliest marksman, The Blades striker finding the net 30 times. At home, they were beaten just three times as promotion to back to the Championship was finally achieved. 

United haven't looked to break the bank on their return to the second tier with Richard Stearman (Wolverhampton Wanderers), John Lundstram (Oxford United), and Nathan Thomas (Hartlepool United) the major additions. Enda Stephens completed a free transfer from Portsmouth while Ched Evans returned to the club he made his name at from Chesterfield.

Wilder was also forced this week into taking Jamal Blackman on loan from Chelsea with former Bee, and first choice goalkeeper, Simon Moore likely to miss the first month of the season with a knee injury. The Blades also have injury worries over Evans, George Baldock, and James Hanson, all of whom returned to training this week after picking up injuries in pre-season.

The Manager

Chris Wilder is building up an impressive CV with last season's promotion at Bramall Lane his fourth as a manager. His playing career saw him make nearly 500 appearances for Sheffield United, Rotherham United, and Halifax Town amongst others during a 15-year career. 

After retiring in 2001, he took over at Alfreton Town and won four trophies during his 27 weeks in charge. A six-year spell at Halifax Town followed before the club was wound up in 2008 and he moved to Oxford United, via a six-month spell as Assistant Manager at Bury. Promotion via the Play-Offs came during his first full season and he followed that up with two top-half finishes back in League Two. 

In January 2014, Wilder departed The Kassam Stadium for Northampton Town. After saving The Cobblers from relegation that season, he led them to the League Two title in May 2015, with a points tally of 99. Nigel Atkins departure at Bramall Lane saw Wilder take over at his boyhood club last summer and he proved to be an instant success as The Blades ran away with last season's League One title. 

Ticket and Travel News

Tickets for the match will be available from the away ticket office, next to the away turnstiles on Bramall Lane, cash only, from 1.30pm on Saturday priced at:

Adults £29
Senior (60+) £23
Young Persons (18-21) £18
Student Full-Time with ID £18 
Under 18 £16

Click here to get your tickets and click here to read our Away Day Guide for Bramall Lane

Pre-Match Views

Dean Smith: "The drive and energy is there for all to see."

John Egan: "All the lads are looking sharp"

Match Coverage

iFollow Brentford will be live from 2.30pm on Saturday with Mark Burridge, Ben Burgess, and Mick Cabble bringing live commentary from Bramall Lane. 

Make sure you download the Official Brentford FC App and get notifications direct to your phone, plus all the latest news, views, and reaction from tomorrow's game.  

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Match Reports

Sheffield United 1 Brentford 0

Billy Sharp's first-half header condemns The Bees to an opening-day defeat at Bramall Lane

5 August 2017

Your Sheffield United v Brentford match report powered by Utilita

Billy Sharp’s first-half header condemned Brentford to defeat on the opening day of the Sky Bet Championship season.

Following a challenging first 45 minutes The Bees looked brighter after the interval with Nico Yennaris, Lasse Vibe and Neal Maupay all going close, but Sheffield United stood strong to take all three points at Bramall Lane.

Brentford lined up in a 4-3-3 formation with Henrik Dalsgaard chosen at right-back and Kamohelo Mokotjo handed a first competitive start at the heart of midfield. Fellow new singings Neal Maupay, Ollie Watkins and Luke Daniels were selected amongst the seven substitutes.

It was Brentford who started the brighter in the Yorkshire sunshine, settling a crowd brimming with expectation following last season’s romp to the League One title. Dalsgaard - who had been hugging the touchline from kick-off - was slipped down the right-hand side with seven minutes on the clock but his low ball was turned out by Jack O’Connell. One minute later and it was the host’s turn to attack; Leon Clarke nodding a scooped cross well wide of the post.

Following an uneventful opening, the game burst into life on the 15-minute mark. Lasse Vibe forced Jamal Blackman into a smart save at his near post having combined with Jota, before the roles were reversed nine minutes later; Jota dragging Vibe’s pull-back wide with the Kop stand bearing down. There was a major let-off at the other end shortly after as debutant Edna Stevens’ long-range effort rebounded off the post with Dan Bentley beaten.

The hosts were going through the gears with half-time approaching and made their pressure pay on 39 minutes. Having scuffed his first attempt at a cross, Clarke eventually found the unmarked Sharp who sent the former’s ball back across goal and behind Bentley. A prolonged stoppage in play prevented United from building any further momentum before the break as Dean Smith’s side headed in for the interval trailing by one.

Bentley was tested again within a minute of the restart as United looked to double their advantage. Clark did well to advance to the by-line and stand up a cross for Sharp, but last season’s 30-goal man couldn’t generate enough power to bother Bentley. Brentford had a chance of their own seconds later; Jota firing into the hands of Blackman 30 yards from goal.

Jota’s chance was a rare reprieve as the home side continued to push for a second goal. United had the ball in the back of the net twice in two minutes – first through Clarke and then a close-range rebound from Sharp – but both efforts were ruled out by the linesman’s flag. Fleck found the side-netting two minutes later as Brentford continued to weather the storm.

Smith decided to roll the dice just before the hour mark with Nico Yennaris and Watkins brought on in place of Mokotjo and Florian Jozefzoon. Yennaris was straight in amongst the action, nodding onto the crossbar following Jota’s rasping drive before Vibe’s header cleared the crossbar from four yards out.

Brentford began to wrestle back some control midway through the second period with Yennaris and Watkins seeing plenty of the ball following their introduction. It was the latter who slipped through Vibe on 68 minutes, but a United body flew in to block the Danish man’s drive.

Maupay replaced McEachran with ten minutes to go as The Bees piled men forward in search of an equaliser. The Frenchman could have scored with his first touch but, having been played through by Woods, fired straight at the on-rushing Blackman. Maupay was at it again in the dying stages, first clearing the crossbar before blazing one over from the edge of the area. That proved to be the last action of the game as the hosts stood firm to earn all three points on their return to the second tier.

Sheffield United: Blackman; Freeman, Stearman, Basham, O’Connell, Stevens; Coutts, Curruthers (Lundstram 71), Fleck; Clarke, Sharp (Lavery 78)

Subs (not used): Wright, Duffy, Lafferty, Eastwood, Brooks

Brentford: Bentley; Dalsgaard, Egan, Bjelland, Henry; Mokotjo (Yennaris 59), McEachran (Maupay 78), Woods; Jota, Vibe, Jozefzoon (Watkins 59)

Subs (not used): Colin, Sawyers, Daniels, Barbett

Attendance: 26,746 (1,210 away)

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Ticket News

Pay on the day at Sheffield United today

Join 1,200 Bees fans at Bramall Lane this afternoon

5 August 2017

Brentford supporters will be able to Pay on the Day at Bramall Lane this afternoon as the new Sky Bet Championship season gets underway. Dean Smith takes The Bees to Sheffield United looking to get the season up and running with three points.

We have already sold around 1,200 tickets for the game and Bees fans without tickets will be able to buy from the away ticket office next to the away turnstiles on Bramall Lane from 1.30pm today. All collections and duplicate tickets will also be available from the away ticket office. 

Brentford fans will be housed in the Redbrik Lower Stand, behind one of the goals at Bramall Lane. Tickets will be on sale tomorrow, cash only, priced at:



Wheelchair/Ambulant pricing with free assistant/helper

Adults (22-59)



Seniors (60+)



Young Persons (18-21)



Students (full-time with ID)



Juniors (under 18)



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