The Championship promotion race is rarely a dull occasion and this season has proven no exception, with Sheffield United currently occupying the final play-off position in sixth, while QPR have fallen down to 10th, but could just close the gap on their South Yorkshire counterparts to only three points on Friday night.
At one point Mark Warburton’s men were flying in the second tier and looked to be knocking on the automatic promotion places, but 10 defeats from their last 15 has seen the Londoners nosedive down the table. But, they still remain within six points off sixth and could bridge the gap to three points with a win this week, though goal difference remains heavily against them as we approach the home straight.
The Blades meanwhile got their season up and running once Paul Heckingbottom succeeded Slavisa Jokanovic in November and they are now occupying the final play-off position, with seventh-placed Blackburn just three points below them with four games to go — so results now are crucial more than ever.
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QPR vs Sheffield United match stats
Morgan Gibbs-White has enjoyed a real breakthrough campaign at Bramall Lane and this could be the catalyst for the 22-year-old to either return to the Premier League with Wolves matured and refined, ready to ask questions of Bruno Lage’s midfield, or gain promotion with Sheff Utd and cause a top-flight splash as a Blade. The creative midfielder has bagged 10 goals, but impressively he has also registered eight assists and created 15 ‘Big Chances’ this term, a tally bettered only by Sorba Thomas (19), Jaidon Anthony (18), Ryan Giles (16) and Harry Wilson (16) in the Championship across 2021/22. He will once again be the man Heckingbottom turns to for final-third inspiration.
05 Apr 2022 – Sheffield United 1-0 QPR – Championship
12 Jan 2019 – Sheffield United 1-0 QPR – Championship
11 Aug 2018 – QPR 1-2 Sheffield United – Championship
20 Feb 2018 – Sheffield United 2-1 QPR – Championship
31 Oct 2017 – QPR 1-0 Sheffield United – Championship
These sides only just met earlier this month, and it was a routine win for the Blades in South Yorkshire, securing three crucial points and a clean sheet, with Oliver Norwood’s deadlock-breaker within the opening 10 minutes proving the difference on the day.