Dom Matteo has stated that Sunday is a great chance for Leeds United to ‘get at’ Sheffield United, who he has tipped for relegation.
Leeds head to Bramall Lane on Sunday for the first Premier League Yorkshire derby since 2001.
They meet a Sheffield United outfit that finished in the top-half last season, but a side that’s endured a tough start to the current campaign.
For Matteo, he’s expecting Leeds to get about the Blades, whilst also making a bold prediction about Chris Wilder’s men.
It’s been a tough start to the season for Wilder and his side. They’ve lost to Wolves and Aston Villa already, starting slowly after last year’s heroic Premier League return.
Leeds and Marcelo Bielsa are enjoying heaps of praise at the moment, with a narrow defeat at Liverpool and win over Fulham kicking off their campaign.
Matteo has revealed (in his Yorkshire Evening Post column) he had tipped Sheffield United to go down this season. For him, this weekend is a good opportunity for Leeds to keep momentum going:
Sheffield United fans won’t like me for saying this, but I had them to go down this season before we saw any games.
I just felt they might struggle to replicate what they did last year and, in the first few games, they’ve found that.
They’ve been brilliant since they came up, you can’t criticise the job they’ve done, they play the right way and they put their all in.
But I think this is a real chance for Leeds to get at them.
Sheffield United have lost their first two league games and might just be lacking a little in confidence, whereas Leeds should be full of confidence.
They need to really get about them from the start to get another result and keep the momentum going after a good win against Fulham.
You know that Chris Wilder’s Blades will get stuck in and have a right good go but so will Leeds.
Both of these teams are like that. I just think we have more quality on the ball.
This might be a little bit bold from Dom this early in the season.
Sheffield United have been beaten twice, but have been unlucky. Wolves are a top side, who were too good on the day, but Villa benefitted from John Egan’s early bath.
Of course, Leeds will be brimming with confidence, but we must show Sheffield United respect.
This is a group of players that beat us to promotion in 2018/19 and then went on to finish ninth in the Premier League.
We were guilty of getting carried away when we went toe-to-toe for promotion with the Blades and they used that as motivation. We can’t give them a leg up this weekend by running our mouths.
It’s going to be a tough game and a positive result would be another huge statement upon our return.