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Wilder looking forward to Boxing Day clash

24 December 2018

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Chris Wilder is hoping history can repeat itself when the Blades host Derby County at Bramall Lane on Boxing Day.

The players will train on Tuesday evening before staying in the hotel, a routine that happened prior to the 3-0 victory over Sunderland last term.

Wilder explained: "The players will spend the day at home with their families, before reporting to Bramall Lane where we'll go through our last-minute preparations in the evening.

"The players will then stay in the hotel on Christmas Day night, it worked well for us last season when we got a terrific result against Sunderland.

"Derby have had a lot of change and they've done extremely well. They've been in the Premier League and competed in play-off semi-finals and finals in this division too.

"It's a big, powerful football club, but they'll know and be saying the same, the name and what they've got won't guarantee results."

The Blades boss added: "Derby County at home is a great fixture for us and one I imagine they sold out in a heartbeat.

"Hopefully there is close to 30,000 supporters at the Lane for what historically is a well-attended game on Boxing Day.

"We're just looking for the next game, the schedule is a bit different with Christmas Day, but I'll never moan or groan, we're in a very privilege position, so sacrifices have to be made and Boxing Day is a great game to look forward to."

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