PREVIEW: Chesterfield v Sheffield United, the facts and statistics

The division's most deadly visiting attack arrive at the Proact on Sunday in a rich vein of form to face a side struggling in the league.

Friday, 11th November 2016, 11:00 am
Updated Wednesday, 16th November 2016, 4:35 pm
Sheffield United vs Chesterfield - Charlie Raglan battles with Billy Sharp- Pic By James Williamson
Sheffield United vs Chesterfield - Charlie Raglan battles with Billy Sharp- Pic By James Williamson

It’s a mercy that football is played on grass, because the statistics make for alarming reading for Chesterfield fans ahead of their side’s clash with Sheffield United.

Ahead of the derby, Bet365 have the Spireites at 4/1 to win, with the Blades at 4/6.

Town have failed to beat Sheffield United in the last three attempts and are without a win in five home outings.

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The season got off to a shaky start for Chris Wilder as the new man in charge at Bramall Lane, failing to record a win in the first five games.

After four games, the Spireites were in the top five, while United were bottom of League One.

But August 20 was United’s last league defeat.

And they’re unbeaten in six straight away trips.

While Chesterfield have the fourth worst home defensive record in the league, shipping 13 goals at the Proact so far, the Blades are joint top scorers away from home, hitting the net 15 times on the road.

Billy Sharp is the third highest goalscorer in League One with ten to his name already this season.

Ethan Banks-Landell, who was sent off when Wolves visited Chesterfield in the EFL Trophy, is the division’s joint top goalscoring defender with three.

When Chesterfield’s opponents have scored first, which has happened in nine of their 16 league games, Town have taken just a single point.

United have taken the lead in eight of their 15 games and not lost any of those eight.

The two sides have a similar disciplinary record, United taking 27 yellow cards and one red this season compared with Town’s 26 yellows.

The man in charge of the derby will be Chris Sarginson who has dished out 24 yellow cards and two reds in his six League One fixtures this season. In four League Two games he’s only give eight cautions.