Sheffield United key fixtures for their return to the Championship

The 2024/25 Championship fixtures have finally been released and we now know who Sheffield United will be playing, with some dates and times subject to change as usual.

The opening day fixture

Sheffield United will open up their Championship campaign on the 9th of August away at Preston North End on Friday evening, with the game being shown live on Sky Sports’ new channel Sky Sports +.

Last season Preston North End finished 10th in the table and ten points off the play-off spots. If the reports are anything to go by, potential Blades target Liam Millar could make a quick return to Deepdale next season where he was adored by the PNE fans.

United’s last five competitive meetings against the Lilywhites see them unbeaten:

06 Apr 2019 Preston North End 0-1 Sheffield United Championship

14 Sep 2021 Sheffield United 2-2 Preston North End Championship

18 Jan 2022 Preston North End 2-2 Sheffield United Championship

17 Sep 2022 Preston North End 0-2 Sheffield United Championship

29 Apr 2023 Sheffield United 4-1 Preston North End Championship

A positive first month?

United’s first home game of the new season comes against Queens Park Rangers on the 17th of August. QPR pulled off a miraculous relegation escape towards the end of the previous season and subsequently finished 18th, six points above the drop zone.

Here are the Blades’ last five competitive meetings against QPR:

12 Jan 2019 Sheffield United 1-0 Queens Park Rangers Championship

05 Apr 2022 Sheffield United 1-0 Queens Park Rangers Championship

29 Apr 2022 Queens Park Rangers 1-3 Sheffield United Championship

04 Oct 2022 Sheffield United 0-1 Queens Park Rangers Championship

02 Jan 2023 Queens Park Rangers 1-1 Sheffield United Championship

Chris Wilder’s Blades then travel to Norwich City on the 24th of August. The Canaries are coming off the back of a disappointing play-off campaign; after drawing 0-0 against Leeds at Carrow Road they would get hammered 4-0 in the away leg.

United are unbeaten in their last five meetings against Norwich City:

26 Jan 2019 Norwich City 2-2 Sheffield United Championship

08 Dec 2019 Norwich City 1-2 Sheffield United Premier League

07 Mar 2020 Sheffield United 1-0 Norwich City Premier League

22 Oct 2022 Sheffield United 2-2 Norwich City Championship

01 Apr 2023 Norwich City 0-1 Sheffield United Championship

To finish off the month of August the Blades host Watford on the 31st. Watford enter this upcoming season after yet another disappointing campaign. The Hornets finished 15th despite having one of the biggest wage bills in the Championship.

Here are the last five competitive meetings between Sheffield United and Watford:

12 Mar 2011 Watford 3-0 Sheffield United Championship

05 Oct 2019 Watford 0-0 Sheffield United Premier League

26 Dec 2019 Sheffield United 1-1 Watford Premier League

01 Aug 2022 Watford 1-0 Sheffield United Championship

25 Feb 2023 Sheffield United 1-0 Watford Championship

SHEFFIELD, ENGLAND – JANUARY 12: John Fleck of Sheffield United and Ross Wallace of Sheffield Wednesday in action during the Sky Bet Championship match between Sheffield United and Sheffield Wednesday at Bramall Lane on January 12, 2018 in Sheffield, England. (Photo by Nathan Stirk/Getty Images)

Steel City derby dates

As of now Sheffield United host Sheffield Wednesday on the 9th of November while the Blades head to Hillsborough on the 15th of March. This is the first time since the 2018/19 season that the two sides have been in the same division as each other.

The last five Steel City meetings:

26 Feb 2012 Sheffield Wednesday 1-0 Sheffield United League One

24 Sep 2017 Sheffield Wednesday 2-4 Sheffield United Championship

12 Jan 2018 Sheffield United 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday Championship

09 Nov 2018 Sheffield United 0-0 Sheffield Wednesday Championship

04 Mar 2019 Sheffield Wednesday 0-0 Sheffield United Championship

Other key fixtures

Sheffield United will host fellow relegation sufferers Burnley on Boxing Day. The Clarets ended their Premier League campaign finishing 19th, eight points above the Blades.

Last five competitive meetings between United and Burnley:

23 May 2021 Sheffield United 1-0 Burnley Premier League

05 Nov 2022 Sheffield United 5-2 Burnley Championship

10 Apr 2023 Burnley 2-0 Sheffield United Championship

02 Dec 2023 Burnley 5-0 Sheffield United Premier League

20 Apr 2024 Sheffield United 1-4 Burnley Premier League

The other festive fixture sees the Blades travel up to Sunderland on New Year’s Day. Sunderland had a very disappointing last term and ultimately finished just six points above the drop zone after many tipped them to be in and around the top six come the end of the season.

Last five meetings between United and Sunderland:

09 Sep 2017 Sunderland 1-2 Sheffield United Championship

26 Dec 2017 Sheffield United 3-0 Sunderland Championship

25 Sep 2019 Sheffield United 0-1 Sunderland League Cup

17 Aug 2022 Sheffield United 2-1 Sunderland Championship

15 Mar 2023 Sunderland 1-2 Sheffield United Championship