Sheffield United and Aston Villa at Bramall Lane on Saturday afternoon with the newly-promoted clubs having endured different fortunes since returning to the highest flight.
While the Blades sit simply 2 points adrift of fifth-placed Manchester United, Villa solely stay out of the relegation zone on goal distinction.
Despite a threat being offered within the final third, mostly through Jack Grealish, Villa looked in need of confidence in defensive areas, which can concern Smith sooner than the visit to Bramall Lane.
Villa have a favourable schedule over the Christmas amount as Southampton and Norwich create the trip to their habitat before they face bottom-placed Watford at parsonage Road.
Nevertheless, once a amount of simply four points from seven matches, the stakes concerned in those matches can become significantly higher ought to Villa succumb to a sixth defeat in eight at the weekend.
Sheffield United expected beginning lineup:
Henderson; Basham, Egan, O’Connell; Baldock, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens; McBurnie, McGoldrick
Aston Villa expected beginning lineup:
All details to know about Match
Week: seventeenth round in premier league
Stadium: Bramall Lane
Referee: Peter Bankes