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Tuesday, 11 December, 2018

Something For The Weekend

Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder is set for back-to-back promotions
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Wilder boys on the brink
Chris Wilder could complete a sensational double today as he takes Sheffield United to his former club Northampton aiming to clinch a second successive promotion.

Wilder steered the Cobblers to the Sky Bet League Two crown last season before leaving to join the Blades, the team he supported as a boy.

They can clinch promotion today, 364 days after his Northampton side did so by drawing 2-2 with Bristol Rovers at Sixfields.

In his last 65 league games as manager of both clubs, Wilder and assistant Alan Knill have masterminded 41 wins, 18 draws and only six defeats.

The Blades are 4-6 for victory, with the home side 24-5 to defeat their former gaffer.


Ref justice for furious Magpies
The debate has raged about the use of video technology in football but perhaps a more useful campaign would be one to ensure referees know the laws of the game.

All four officials who were involved in wrongly denying Newcastle a chance to retake a penalty against Burton on Wednesday have reportedly been taken off duty this weekend.

Controversial referee Keith Stroud, who gave Burton an indirect free kick after a Newcastle player encroached at a successful spot-kick, had been due to officiate at Gillingham v Millwall in Sky Bet League One.

Those who think the men in black might feel under pressure not to deny Newcastle a penalty today if they have a borderline decision can back them at 8-1 with Paddy Power to score one against Sheffield Wednesday.


3 Moyes the merrier?
A visit from former employers Manchester United is probably the last fixture David Moyes would have wanted this weekend after a week in the news spotlight.

But Sunderland fans might take some hope that their team, 1-50 for relegation and 9-1 for a home win over the Red Devils, could pull off an upset.

United have not won on their last three trips to the Stadium of Light, losing 2-1 last year, drawing 1-1 in 2014-15 and losing a League Cup game 2-1 there the season before.

They contributed to their own downfall in both defeats, with David de Gea and Ryan Giggs scoring own goals.

 

In his last 65 league games as manager of both clubs, Wilder and assistant Alan Knill have masterminded 41 wins, 18 draws and only six defeats
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