Last season’s League One Champions and all-round smug bastards Sheffield United make the trek across the Pennines tomorrow night where they face Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok.
No doubt they will travel in good numbers, and enjoy the luxury of our clean air, running water (hot and cold) and freezing cold Fruit Shoots. They have started the season really well, continuing their good form from the end of last season and surprising most with how they have coped with the higher standard of football.
Backed by some interesting summer signings, notably former Birmingham City forward Clayton Donaldson, United have found themselves in the higher reaches of the Championship, confounding most experts who had them down for relegation. Of course it’s early days yet and the natural order of things will likely be restored before the season is out.
This, of course, is their first season in the Championship for six years, having underachieved spectacularly in the interim - whilst their city rivals Sheffield Wednesday thrived as a top six division side.
Players to watch include the previously mentioned Donaldson, though eyes will also be on the United bench which will likely contain one Chedwyn Evans, notorious of course for his despicable personality and entitled followers who dragged the name of the sport through the mud ever since his conviction (since quashed on appeal) for a serious sexual assault in April 2012.
Wanderers will be looking to find some better form having started the season in somewhat unspectacular fashion. We will need our bigger players, such as David Wheater, Mark Beevers and Adam Le Fondre to help drag the less experienced members of the squad to better form, which given our financial problems is the only way that we can expect to improve.
There’s something about a night match, too. It’ll be bit nippy and it will probably rain, but we will win, and that’s all that matters.