Nigel Adkins isn't surprised to see Saturday's hosts Walsall competing at the right end of Sky Bet League One.
Speaking at his pre-match press conference, the Blades boss acknowledged the progress the Saddlers have made under Dean Smith and admitted they will give his team a tough test at the Banks's Stadium at the weekend.
He remarked: "Walsall are a very good side and a team on the up.
"Dean Smith has been there a number of seasons now and in time they have built a very competitive squad.
"Walsall have the ability to play some excellent football, they get the ball down and play out quickly from the back and are confident in possession.
"Tom Bradshaw is the player that gets the headlines, but collectively they are strong and have a lot of stability."
Of the Blades, Adkins added: "It will be another challenge, but it is one we are ready for and we will go there with a positive mindset as we look for all three points.
"We have had a good week on the training ground, we believe we are moving in the right direction in terms of performances, now we need the results to back up those thoughts."