Premier League titans, Sheffield United and Brighton & Hove Albion, both remain unbeaten so far in 2024. The two teams go head-to-head at Bramall Lane in the fourth round of the FA Cup.
Sheffield United enjoyed a flawless start to their FA Cup journey, with a dominant 4-0 win over Gillingham in the third round.
The Blades have progressed from their last four fourth-round ties in the FA Cup and are looking to extend their impressive run.
Although they are currently at the bottom of the Premier League table, Sheffield United is confident of making it to the later stages of the competition.
On the other hand, Brighton & Hove Albion is no stranger to deep cup runs. Semi-finalists last season and quarter-finalists in the previous two seasons, the Seagulls have demonstrated that they are a force to be reckoned with.
Despite drawing a blank against Wolves in their recent Premier League match, Brighton’s attacking display has been impressive this season.
Both teams’ last encounter ended in a 1-1 draw, and Sheffield United has been unbeaten in their last seven matches against Brighton.
However, Brighton has a five-game unbeaten run to maintain at Bramall Lane. It is sure to be an exciting match.
Sheffield United will be without Rhian Brewster, who was sent off in their recent Premier League match against West Ham.
Chris Basham’s long-term recovery continues, and Yasser Larouci and Anis Ben Slimane are returning after the Africa Cup of Nations.
Max Lowe is also expected to miss the match due to an unspecified injury. Tom Davies might make a substitute appearance after recovering from an October thigh operation.
Meanwhile, Brighton & Hove Albion has a long list of absentees, including Solly March, Joel Veltman, Julio Enciso, Kaoru Mitoma, Ansu Fati, and Simon Adingra. Igor also missed their last match against Wolves.
Danny Welbeck and Facundo Buonanotte may not feature in the starting lineup, with Evan Ferguson and Adam Lallana being recalled instead.
Possible Starting Lineups:
Sheffield United: (4-5-1)
Bogle, Ahmedhodzic, Trusty, Norrington-Davies;
McAtee, Brooks, Souza, Hamer, Brereton Diaz;
Brighton & Hove Albion: (4-3-3)
Lamptey, Dunk, Van Hecke, Estupinan;
Gilmour, Gross, Lallana;
Buonanotte, Ferguson, Pedro
Prediction: Sheffield United 1-1 Brighton & Hove Albion
Both teams have proven their mettle on the field and will be eager to maintain their unbeaten record in 2024.
Sheffield United’s knockout prowess cannot be underestimated, while Brighton’s recent form in the Premier League has been impressive.
However, with Brighton struggling with attacking options, we predict a low-scoring draw at Bramall Lane.