Sheffield United welcome city rivals Sheffield Wednesday to Bramall Lane on Friday night in what promises to be another classic Steel City Derby, live on talkSPORT 2 from 7.45pm.
A couple of weeks ago, many would have predicted this game would help determine which of the two Sheffield clubs would be in the play-off places.
However, Wednesday’s woeful recent run of form has seen them slip to 17th and out of contention after four consecutive defeats.
Rivals United are also experiencing a pretty torrid time of things with one win in four, but remain third in the Sky Bet Championship table.
What the managers are saying
Chris Wilder (Sheffield United): “Underdogs or favourites? Everybody will have their own opinion on that, but sometimes you have to look a bit deeper.
When we played Hull City recently, they have got a tremendous amount of talent in that group and have invested heavily over the last three or four years.
“You come up against big talented squads, who have spent a lot of money. If we are favourites, I don’t see any arrogance in us, or taking the foot of the gas. They are not allowed to and I don’t see it hindering us.”
Jos Luhukay (Sheffield Wednesday): “I have given my best in the 10 months I have been here. “And what I say before, four weeks ago, was I a king in Sheffield?
“We were in sixth position and stayed in a play-off position. From every side, it was positive.
“Four weeks later, I’m the same person and I’m the same coach and four times later you have a bad result and now I’m a bad person in Sheffield.”
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