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MetiNews.Com - The Blades entertain Scott Parker's side at Bramall Lane in the midday kick-off looking to get their first win of the season on the board
Breaking News ! Hello and welcome to our live blog as Sheffield United entertain Fulham at Bramall Lane. Both sides have opened the campaign with four straight defeats and find themselves occupying the bottom two places. Chris Wilder's side know three points today will kickstart their season and would be a huge boost. A victory would see them move out of the bottom three and into 17th place. There is plenty to play for and the game promises to be an exciting match with both sides in need of the points. Read More Related Articles Sheffield United fans' pay-per-view campaign gathers pace as Newcastle and Arsenal join forces Read More Related Articles Chris Wilder's stance on pay-per-view games as Sheffield United boss 'sympathetic' towards fans However, the Blades boss does have a few selection issues with four players potentially unavailable for selection after returning home early from international duty in midweek. There could also be a first start for Rhian Brewster, who Wilder revealed in midweek would make his debut today. Stay with us throughout the day as we bring you all the build-up and confirmed team news as soon as the line-ups are announced, as well as live updates from Bramall Lane on our live blog below.Key EventsUnited's half-time ratings12:50Half-time12:50United goal ruled out12:39McBurnie denied opening goal12:31We're under way12:0212:50KEY EVENTUnited's half-time ratingsRamsdale 6; Basham 7, Egan 6, Stevens 7; Baldock 6, Norwood 7, Berge 8, Lundstram 7, Lowe 6, McGoldrick 6, McBurnie 6 45 minsKEY EVENTHalf-timeGoalless at the break but United have been much the better side with plenty of good chances and they should be in front.37 minsKEY EVENTUnited goal ruled outBlades have the ball in the net after Sander Berge’s through ball is turned into his own net by Adarabioyo but the assistant’s flag is up for offside and the goal is ruled out.30 minsBerge tries his luckSander Berge is the next United player to try his luck with a fierce drive from outside the area but Areola is equal to it again.29 minsKEY EVENTMcBurnie denied opening goalUnited striker Oli McBurnie is denied the opening goal courtesy of an excellent reaction stop from Areola, who pushes away McBurnie’s close-range effort after a great cross from Basham.23 minsStevens effort savedUnited put together a quick break and Enda Stevens is played in on goal to the left of centre but his shot is comfortably saved by Areola18 minsMax Lowe off, Robinson onMax Lowe is down again and looks to be struggling following a collision with Loftus-Cheek earlier and is coming off for Jack Robinson.16 minsLoftus-Cheek shotFulham quick going forward with Lookman driving the visitors up the pitch.Loftus-Cheek tries his luck from 20 yards but it was comfortable for Ramsdale, straight at the keeper.13 minsBasham just wideUnited continue the pressure on the Fulham goal and this time Chris Basham tries his luck from inside the area but it goes just the wrong side of the post.11 minsMcBurnie goes closeOli McBurnie glances a header just wide following Chris Basham’s right-wing cross.Good couple of minutes this for United with two good chances created.9 minsFirst United effortNorwood finds Lundstram just outside the area and the midfielder lets fly with a fierce effort on his left foot which the keeper does well to tip over.7 minsRamsdale saveFulham have the game’s first shot at goal with Tom Cairney trying his luck from 20 yards but Ramsdale pushes it wide for a corner.2 minsMax Lowe down hurtMax Lowe crashes into Ruben Loftus-Cheek and after a period on the floor injured receiving treatement, he gets up to his feet and is back on.Kick-offKEY EVENTWe're under wayFulham get the game under way and United are kicking towards the Bramall Lane end.11:55Nathan HemminghamFan reaction to the team newsWhat the United fans are saying about today’s starting line-upSheffield United fans say same thing about Max Lowe and Rhian Brewster decisions vs Fulham11:33Nathan HemminghamJoin the campaign against PPVToday’s match is one of the first on pay-per-view where fans can pay £14.
.We are sending an open letter to the Premier League and you can join the campaign by adding your support below An open letter to the Premier League, Sky Sports and Sheffield United on pay-per-view plans11:25KEY EVENTHow Fulham line-up11:17Nathan HemminghamTeam news reactionRhian Brewster starting from the bench is no surprise.Manager Chris Wilder had hinted in the week that there was every chance he was not ready to start the match.However, the other changes are interesting and welcome, too.The big issue of how to cover Jack O’Connell’s absence has been something Wilder has been looking at.Jack Robinson has been the player who has so far been seen as O’Connell’s replacement and while defensively sound, United have lacked the attacking impact that O’Connell provided.Moving Enda Stevens to the left of the defensive three is a smart move. He has played down that flank regularly for the past couple of years and knows that role well. Max Lowe taking the left wing-back role means there are now two attacking left-sided defenders and hopefully that could help with United’s progression down that flank.Oliver Norwood returns to anchor the midfield. United have lacked their usual fluidity in building attacks and his return is seen as key to getting United back on the ball and dictating play.Oliver Burke drops to the bench for Oli McBurnie, who comes in for his first start since the opening game against Wolves.11:00KEY EVENTTeam news is inSheffield United’s starting XI is as follows...10:25Another great sight before kick-offOliver Burke is also part of today’s matchday squad, which is great news.The striker was the first of three players to be sent home injured from international duty, but seeing the Scottish international arriving in United colours is a clear indication he will be involved in some shape or form09:56KEY EVENTEgan is in the buildingThis is the biggest clue yet that John Egan has been given the all-clear to play after the defender is seen arriving at Bramall Lane for today’s game.Does he start?Chris Wilder has a dilemma over whether to start his new record signing Rhian Brewster Chris Wilder reveals his Sheffield United selection quandary over ‘fabulous’ Rhian BrewsterEarly team newsChris Wilder has concerns over four key players.John Egan’s availability was unknown to the manager on Friday when he held his pre-match press conference. The defender had come into contact with a member of the Republic of Ireland team who had tested positive for Covid-19 and although Egan had tested negative, the club has been in contact with the relevant authorities about whether Egan is available to play.John Fleck, Oli Burke and David McGoldrick all picked up injuries while on international duty and Wilder was keen to leave the decision on their availability until the last minute to give them every chance of being fit to play.KEY EVENTGood morningHello and welcome to our live blog of Sheffield United’s Premier League match at home to Fulham.The Blades are looking to kickstart their season with three much-needed points today and you can follow all the build-up, action and reaction here.
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