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Sheffield United promoted to Premier League

28 Apr 2019
Billy Sharp

Blades secure their return thanks to draw between Leeds and Aston Villa, having last appeared in top flight in 2006/07

Sheffield United have ensured that they will be back in the Premier League next season for the first time in 13 campaigns.

Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United put themselves on the brink of promotion on Saturday with a 2-0 home win over Ipswich Town, thanks to goals from Scott Hogan and Jack O’Connell.

Sunday’s 1-1 draw between Leeds United and Aston Villa then confirmed their return to the top flight.

The 2019/20 season will be the Blades' fourth in the Premier League, with their last one coming back in 2006/07 when Neil Warnock was in charge.

They return having achieved two promotions in three seasons, after spending the 2016/17 campaign in League One.

United will join Norwich City in the Premier League after the Canaries secured their own return on Saturday with a 2-1 win over Blackburn Rovers.

The Championship title is still up for grabs, with Wilder’s team sitting three points off the top with one match to play, and a slightly better goal difference than Norwich.

Third-placed Leeds United are guaranteed a place in the play-offs for the final promotion place, as are West Bromwich Albion and Aston Villa.

Three teams are vying for sixth place, the final play-off spot.

Derby County are in pole position but can still be overtaken by Middlesbrough and Bristol City.

Sheffield United fans can now look forward to 09:00 BST on 13 June, when the fixtures for the 2019/20 season, starting on 10 August, will be released on premierleague.com.

See: Sheffield United's Premier League history

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