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Our Sky Bet Championship preview series continues with The Blades

16 June 2017

Sheffield United's 2016/17 Season

League Position: 1st in Sky Bet League One - promoted as Champions (2015/16: 11th in League One)

Average home league attendance: 21,892 (2015/16: 19,803)

Top league goalscorer: Billy Sharp (30)

United returned to the Sky Bet Championship last season after six years in the third tier of English football. After a slow start to the season, losing three and drawing one of their opening matches, they ran away with the league title. In their remaining 42 games, they lost just three games and won 10 of their last 11 matches of the campaign. They were promoted on 8 April, following a 2-1 win over Northampton Town, with four games to spare. In the final standings, they finished 14 points ahead of runners-up Bolton Wanderers, with 100 in total.

Top scorer Billy Sharp, in his third spell with the Club, notched 30 in the league - six more than second-place Bury forward James Vaughan. He was named club captain at the start of the season before leading his side to a famous return to the Championship, getting into the Team of the Season at the EFL Awards in April.

The Ground

Bramall Lane Stadium

Sheffield

South Yorkshire

S2 4SU

Click here for directions to Bramall Lane

The Manager

Having played for them from 1986-1992, then returning for a second spell in 1998-99, Chris Wilder was a strong choice of Head Coach before he took charge in May 2016. Taking over from the departing Nigel Adkins, he was awarded a three-year deal after leaving the same post at Northampton Town.

As boss of the Cobblers, he had saved them from relegation. The following season he had them finishing mid-table before guiding them to the League Two title a year later.

Last Time Round



Head to Head

Brentford wins: 12

Draws: 8

United wins: 9