Sheffield United vs Brentford
Sky Bet Championship
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.
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:
Senior (60+) £23
Young Persons (18-21) £18
Student Full-Time with ID £18
Under 18 £16
iFollow Brentford will be live from 2.30pm on Saturday with Mark Burridge, Ben Burgess, and Mick Cabble bringing live commentary from Bramall Lane.
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