West Ham United will be looking to keep their Champions League hopes alive as they host bottom-of-the-table Sheffield United on Monday.
Despite their struggles in the Premier League, Sheffield United have made it to the quarters of the FA Cup. They have been able to get some positive results of late and have looked more threatening than they did in the first half of the season.
West Ham United, on the other hand, crashed out of the cup competition against Manchester United. Though the scoreline was 1-0, West Ham United looked blunt in attack in the absence of Michail Antonio and Sheffield United will fancy their chances against the Hammers on Monday if the belligerent forward is unavailable.
Sheffield United will be one point away from 18th with a win if Fulham lose their game against Everton. It won't have much of an effect on the bigger picture seeing as how Burnley at 17th have a comfortable eight-point cushion on the drop zone.
West Ham United currently have 39 points and are a point behind both Chelsea and Liverpool. They could break into the top four by the end of this gameweek should the other results work out in their favour.
West Ham United vs Sheffield United Head-to-Head
In the last 10 encounters between West Ham and Sheffield United, the latter have been the more dominant side. The Blades have won five of the last ten meetings between the two sides while the Hammers have won three. Two matches have ended as draws.
The last time these two sides locked horns was in the corresponding fixture in the first half of the season when West Ham United won the game 1-0 at Bramall Lane.
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Sheffield United form guide: W-L-W-L-W
West Ham United vs Sheffield United Team News
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Ogbonna had to be taken off early in the FA Cup tie against Manchester United after suffering a high ankle sprain. David Moyes has revealed he does not have a return date for the defender. Issa Diop is expected to be available for selection against Sheffield United after receiving a concussion.
Michail Antonio was left out of the game against Manchester United due to fatigue but he is expected to feature on Monday against the Blades. While Jarrod Bowen is fit and ready to feature, the game could come too early for Yarmolenko and Balbuena.
Injuries: Ogbonna, Yarmolenko
Doubtful: Balbuena, Issa Diop, Michail Antonio
Sander Berge is only expected to return in March due to a knee injury. Jack O'Connell has been ruled out with a knee problem while Baldock will be sidelined due to a thigh injury.
Enda Stevens is a doubt for this one as he nears regaining match fitness.
Injuries: Sander Berge, Jack O'Connell and George Baldock
Doubtful: Enda Stevens
West Ham United vs Sheffield United Predicted Lineups
West Ham United Predicted XI (4-2-3-1): Lukasz Fabianski; Vladimir Coufal, Craig Dawson, Ryan Fredericks, Aaron Cresswell; Tomas Soucek, Declan Rice, Jesse Lingard, Jarrod Bowen, Saïd Benrahma; Michail Antonio
Sheffield United Predicted XI (3-5-2): Aaron Ramsdale, Chris Basham, John Egan, Ethan Ampadu, Max Lowe, John Lundstram, Oliver Norwood, John Fleck, Jayden Bogle, David McGoldrick, Oli McBurnie
West Ham United vs Sheffield United Prediction
West Ham United will receive a major boost if Michail Antonio is available. Their midfielders will make it tough for Sheffield United and if the defense can hold their ground like they did against Manchester United, the Hammers should come away with all three points.
Prediction: West Ham United 3-1 Sheffield United