So, what a great time to be writing your first match preview. Chuffed to be here, here goes…. Game week 8 sees Watford welcome Sheffield United to Vicarage Road for the first top flight meeting between the two clubs since 2007. About Sheffield Sheffield is a large industrial area to the south of Leeds, most famous these days for the Meadowhall Shopping Centre, for those who like to travel this icon of the area can been seen on the left from the M1 as one passes through heading north. Not much else happens in Sheffield. Sheffield Football Sheffield used to have quite a good footballing pedigree, Sheffield Wednesday were once considered a massive club and battled in the top flight of English football for much of their history, best known now as a sanctuary for ex-Watford players who can no longer perform effectively. This week we play their less well known neighbours, Sheffield United, nicknamed the Blades. Quite a cool nickname that dates back to historical times when we used to make things in this country, less relevant now but a nice nod to the past. Now fully owned by a Saudi Prince, H.R.H. Prince Abdullah bin Mosa'ad bin Abdulaziz Al Sa'ud. Don’t think he is one of the mega rich ones but probably one of the few that could afford his name of the back of a replica shirt. I’ll leave Clive to comment further on his suitability to own an English football club. Famous Blades Fans 1. Sean Bean – Actor best known for being the only fellow of the ring to be killed in the first Lord Of The Rings film after being a bit of an arse thus missing out on huge paydays for the rest of the trilogy. Think he may have been in some other films but now advertising tea bags on the TV, looking a bit of an arse. 2. Joseph Marcell – Actor best known for playing Geoffrey, the butler, in The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air. 3. ? 4. ? 5. ? Dangermen Billy Sharp. Now 57 Billy Sharp is in his 11th spell with the club, as striker, club captain and genuine fan he can definitely be considered a club legend. Not seen much action this season so far but has scored which is more than can be said for some teams living legend striker types! Will probably score against us. Ollie McBurnie Don’t really know much about him except he looks like he is wearing a false beard. His signing this summer for £20m immediately put him on the media radar as a quality addition and dangerman, playing the Deeney role for SUFC as the pundits haven’t heard of any of their other players. Scottish international with 8 caps and 0 goals puts him slightly lower than Ikechi Anya on my threat scale. Will probably score against us. Ravel Morrison Former Man Utd starlet who was supposed to be the new Paul Scholes when he broke through. Since then convictions for various things and questionable behaviour have somewhat ruined a promising career. One of the few to make Mario Balotelli look like a grounded individual and model citizen, he has played in some odd places as nobody wants him for long. Another who has barely featured yet but is just ripe to tear us a new one in this game so we are once again in the headlines for the wrong reasons as the media jump on his bandwagon, will probably score against us. Phil Jagielka Not really a threat and very old now but at least we’ve all heard of the former England International. Will probably stop us scoring. Probably others but since becoming an entitled fan of a Premier League team I’ve shown very little interest in lower league football so don’t know any of them. The Match Where does one begin? Sheffield Utd have had very creditable start to the season, at the time of writing they are 12th in league with 8 points from 7 games. A good start for their first season back and something we can only dream of at the moment. I can’t profess to have seen much of them but from what I can gather they have played some quite decent football whilst being solid and organised defensively when needed, a decent draw with Chelsea and a win at Everton probably being the highlights so far, losing at home to Liverpool last time out only because of goalkeeping howler. They have also scored in each of their away games so far (alarm bells ring). On the unofficial scale of must win games this is right up near the top for us, only games where you will actually be relegated there and then would be above this. If we are to survive this season it is games like this that we simply must win, I mean no offence to Sheffield United (I did that earlier) but we are now at the point where home games against non top 6, and especially newly promoted, sides need to be won, especially with Spurs away to follow. Defence is so bad currently that we are probably going to have to go all out attack for this one and hope we can outscore them, Welbeck flanked by Sarr and Deulofeu with Pereyra as a 10. I don’t want to talk about it anymore. Watford 1 – 1 Sheffield United.