Sheffield United vs Leeds United Predictions: Sheffield United Line-up
Sheffield United faces a trip to Elland Road as Chris Wilder’s men look to beat league leaders Leeds United on Saturday.
The Blades kept the pressure on the top two with a 2-0 win over Brentford at Bramall Lane on Tuesday. Wilder knows the importance of the weekend’s game and will look to go all guns blazing to get a positive result.
Leeds United, meanwhile, edged a point ahead of promotion rivals Norwich City with a 3-0 victory over Reading on Tuesday.
Gary Madine will miss the game at Leeds United after being sent off against Brentford. He will also miss United’s clashes against Bristol City and Preston North End.
Wilder has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the game.
Probable Sheffield United XI
Manager: Chris Wilder
Dean Henderson (GK)
Henderson kept a clean-sheet against Brentford but will have to be at the top of his game to keep another at Elland Road.
Chris Basham (RCB)
The aggressive Basham has been a regular fixture in the Sheffield United back three. He is a certain starter at the weekend.
John Egan (CB)
Strong in the air and powerful in the tackle, Egan will have to keep things tight at the back to give United hopes of winning at Leeds.
Jake O’Connell (LCB)
O’Connell is a fearless defender who likes to take risks with the ball and play out from the back often.
George Baldock (RWB)
Baldock was taken off at the hour mark against Brentford purely due to tactical reasons. He will start the game on Saturday at right wing-back.
Enda Stevens (LWB)
Stevens has been a consistent performer for Blades this campaign. Wilder will expect a big performance from the experienced defender.
Oliver Norwood (CM)
Netted a penalty in the 2-0 home success over Brentford and will be confident to put in another strong display against Leeds.
John Fleck (CM)
Fleck is a tenacious performer in the middle of the park. He is likely to partner Norwood again in the engine room.
Kieran Dowell (CAM)
Dowell was taken off at half-time against Brentford as Wilder looked to tweak the team’s shape following Madine’s dismissal. The loanee from Everton, however, will start at Elland Road.
David McGoldrick (RS)
Came off the bench to seal United’s deal against Brentford. With Madine suspended, McGoldrick is likely to start.
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Billy Sharp (LS)
The skipper of the team, Sharp can be a real handful for the Leeds defenders on Saturday.
[Image] Mason Mount to retain his creative role? – Predicted 4-2-3-1 Derby County XI to face Aston Villa
Derby County vs Aston Villa Predictions: Derby County Line-up
Derby County and Aston Villa face a trip to Wembley on May 27 to decide who will play in the Premier League next season.
The Rams secured an impressive 4-2 victory over Leeds United last week to claim a 4-3 aggregate win in the Championship playoff semi-finals.
Frank Lampard’s Derby County, however, will not have things easier during the final as they will be up against a very competent Aston Villa, who arrive at Wembley after defeating their Midland rivals West Brom in the last round.
After picking up a red-card during the game against Leeds, Scott Malone is suspended for the final.
Martyn Waghorn missed the second-leg against Leeds but is expected to be fit in time for the Wembley showdown.
Probable Derby County XI
Manager: Frank Lampard
Kelle Roos (GK)
The Dutchman is Derby’s first-choice goalkeeper and should start the final at Wembley.
Jayden Bogle (RB)
Bogle has been excellent for the Rams this season, causing the opponents all kinds of problems with his overlapping runs and crossing abilities.
Richard Keogh (CB)
Keogh is a certainty in central defence for the Rams. He is expected to start the final against Aston Villa.
Fikayo Tomori (CB)
The Derby County Player of the Year has been a solid presence at the back. He would partner Keogh and look to keep the Villa attackers at bay.
Ashley Cole (LB)
Malone’s absence is likely to mean that Lampard will have to rely on the services of veteran Ashley Cole for the final.
Bradley Johnson (CM)
Bradley Johnson was excellent in the second leg against Leeds, as he dictated the tempo of the game, broke up play and made smart runs inside the box. He is an undoubted starter on Monday.
Tom Huddlestone (CM)
Duane Holmes struggled to get in grips with the midfield battle against Leeds in the second leg. Hence, Huddlestone should replace him at Wembley.
Harry Wilson (RW)
Wilson is Derby’s chief creative spark and he’ll have to be at the top of his game to help his team defeat Villa in the final.
Mason Mount (CAM)
Mount was magical in the semi-final return leg at Elland Road. He is expected to start in his preferred no.10 role and cause problems for the opposition.
Tom Lawrence (LW)
Lawrence didn’t impact much in the second leg against Leeds. Yet, he could be preferred ahead of the hardworking Bennett on the left wing.
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Jack Marriott (ST)
Marriot was a game changer against Leeds last week, as his two goals helped the Rams advance to the final. He is an undoubted starter against Aston Villa.
[Image] Tammy Abraham to lead the line? – Predicted 4-3-3 Aston Villa XI to face Derby County in the playoff final
Aston Villa vs Derby County Predictions: Aston Villa Line-up
Aston Villa take on Derby County in the Championship play-off final on Monday hoping to cross the line this time around and achieve promotion.
The Villans are favourites heading into the finale having won both encounters between the two teams so far this season – by an aggregate score of 7-0.
But they’ll need to produce a better performance to win at Wembley after Dean Smith’s side huffed and puffed against West Brom in the semi-finals, particularly in the second leg at the Hawthorns.
Axel Tuanzebe limped off in the dying moments of extra time against West Brom, but he is expected to be fit ahead of the Wembley showdown.
Smith, meanwhile, has no fresh injury concerns ahead of the final.
Probable Aston Villa XI
Manager: Dean Smith
Jed Steer (GK)
Steer turned hero as he made crucial saves in the penalty shootout against West Brom. He is a certainty to be in goal in the final.
Ahmed Elmohamady (RB)
The Egyptian will have to be strong defensively to potentially keep Lawrence quiet on Monday.
Axel Tuanzebe (CB)
Tuanzebe is being assessed on a regular basis after he hobbled off at West Brom but should be able to recover for the final at Wembley.
Tyrone Mings (CB)
Mings has been a rock at the back and should partner Tuanzebe against Aston Villa.
Neil Taylor (LB)
The Welshman has been impressive for the Villans in the second half of the season and he should retain his place at left-back.
Conor Hourihane (CDM)
Hourihane started the second leg against West Brom and did very well. He’ll be preferred ahead of veteran Whelan in the holding role for the biggest game of the season.
John McGinn (RCM)
Arguably Villa’s best player at the Hawthorns, McGinn’s presence will be crucial in midfield. The diminutive Scotsman adds a lot of energy and bite to the side, making him indispensable to Smith.
Jack Grealish (LCM)
Grealish has been crucial behind Villa’s surge to the play-off final and he’ll be determined to lead from the front against Derby County.
Anwar El Ghazi (LW)
Blessed with good pace, power and dribbling skills, El Ghazi will look to give a torrid time to the Derby defenders.
Jonathan Kodjia (RW)
Green didn’t vindicate Smith’s selection against West Brom at the Hawthorns. Thus, that could see Kodjia start on the left at Wembley.
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Tammy Abraham (ST)
Abraham is Villa’s chief source for goals and he’ll be raring to make a mark in the Championship’s biggest game of the game.
[Image] Scott Arfield to start on the right-wing? – Predicted 4-3-3 Rangers XI to face Kilmarnock
Rangers vs Kilmarnock Predictions: Rangers Line-up
Rangers travel to Kilmarnock on Sunday hoping to finish the 2018/19 season on a high.
The Gers defeated Celtic 2-0 in the Old Firm Derby last weekend which would have mightily pleased the fans and the manager, Steven Gerrard. A victory on the final day will be Gerrard’s aim, as Celtic have already wrapped up the Scottish Premiership title.
Kilmarnock, on the other hand, will look to beat Rangers at home and cling onto the third spot on the table.
Kyle Lafferty, Lee Wallace and Eros Grezda will miss the last game of the season due to injury, while Alan McGregor will remain suspended for his red card against Hibernian two weeks ago.
Probable Rangers XI
Manager: Steven Gerrard
Wes Foderingham (GK)
Foderingham kept a clean sheet in the victory over Celtic and will be confident to register another at the weekend.
James Tavernier (RB)
Tavernier has enjoyed another productive season for the Gers. The skipper will look to end the season on a positive note.
Connor Goldson (CB)
Goldson has been a consistent presence in the Gers’ backline throughout the season. He is likely to start against Kilmarnock.
Nikola Katic (CB)
Katic had a solid game alongside Goldson against Celtic and the Croat will keep his place in the starting XI.
Jon Flanagan (LB)
Flanagan has found most of the opportunities under Gerrard at left-back. He should continue there on Sunday.
Ryan Jack (CDM)
One of Rangers’ best players this season, Jack’s presence in the midfield allows the creative players to express themselves freely.
Steven Davis (LCM)
Davis had a good game against Celtic last weekend and is expected to keep his place in the team.
Glenn Kamara (RCM)
Kamara has been an impactful signing for Gerrard’s side and since his arrival in January, he has added a lot of energy and steel to the midfield.
Scott Arfield (RW)
Arfield has made a huge difference to this Rangers side, adding creativity and a touch of flair to the attack. The Canadian could start at right wing on Sunday.
Ryan Kent (LW)
With six goals and four assists, Kent has enjoyed a strong season at the Ibrox. The Liverpool loanee will look to finish the season on a high.
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Alfredo Morelos (ST)
Morelos has really kicked on under Gerrard after a promising first season at Ibrox, and he’s now one of the biggest names in Scottish football. The Colombian could be given the nod ahead of Defoe to lead the attack against Kilmarnock.
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