After a 1-1 draw in the first meeting this season, Sheffield United will look to put the pressure on Aston Villa when the two teams meet at Bramall Lane on Saturday evening.
The match will be shown live on Sky Sports Main Event and Sky Sports Football in the UK.
The game will be played at Bramall Lane with a kick-off time of 17:30 GMT on Saturday 3rd February 2024.
Unai Emery's Aston Villa will look to end a run of three games without a victory on Saturday and they should have every confidence they can return to winning ways.
The Villans suffered only their second loss since November when they fell to a 3-1 defeat against Newcastle in midweek.
They have only lost two of their previous 10 on the road, suggesting they will be tough to break down on their travels.
Sheffield United have not won any of their last six, but their recent home form suggests they will find the back of the net.
Chris Wilder's men have scored seven goals in four on home soil in all competitions and they pushed Villa all the way when the two teams last met, but the Blades' poor defensive record means they should come unstuck.
They have conceded 12 in five at home, and Saturday's game could be another high-scoring affair.
Former Blackburn Rovers forward Brereton Diaz failed to score for parent club Villarreal, but he has already scored in both of his league appearances for the Blades.
The Chile international has added some extra quality to the Blades' attack and he has been clinical of late.
Wilder will once again trust him to deliver the goods and if any player can shine in front of the home crowd, it is the former Blackburn man.
Saturday's match means so much to both teams, especially with both sides losing last time out.
If the first fixture between the two is anything to go by, then it should also be a feisty encounter. Villa scored at the death to grab a point, but there were no fewer than six yellow cards shown in that fixture.
The Blades have certainly added some aggression to their play since Wilder returned, having collected seven yellow cards and one red in their last two league matches.
Only Chelsea have collected more yellow cards than the Blades and Villa this season. The Blues have picked up 70, while the Blades are just behind them with 68 and Villa have collected 63.
We expect both teams to leave everything out on the pitch and the officials could have their work cut out.
Sheffield United quartet Chris Basham, John Egan, George Baldock and Daniel Jebbison remain long-term injury absentees and, while Tom Davies and Max Lowe are close to returning, Saturday's game comes too soon for them.
Wes Foderingham could return in goal, with fellow goalkeeper Ivo Grbic still to pass concussion protocols after leaving the field in Tuesday's 3-2 defeat to Crystal Palace.
Striker Rhian Brewster will serve the third and final game of his three-match suspension, but Wilder still has plenty of options to choose from up top.
Villa coach Emery also has long-term injuries to contend with, as Emiliano Buendia and Tyrone Mings are still expected to spend most of the season in the treatment room.
Pau Torres, Lucas Digne and Jhon Duran are also set to stay at home, but they could return later this month.
Deadline-day signing Morgan Rogers could make his debut from the bench if selected, while Jacob Ramsey is also set to be among the substitutes after recently recovering from a thigh injury.
Sheffield United have only won two of their previous 13 matches in all competitions and one of those came in the FA Cup against Gillingham.
No team has conceded more goals than Sheffield United in the Premier League, with the Blades letting in 54 in 22 games.
Aston Villa are winless in three games in all competitions, while in the league they have won just one of their last five.
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