Sheffield United v Bristol City preview: Championship clash live on Sky Sports Football
Last Updated: 08/12/17 6:45pm
Sheffield United boss Chris Wilder has reported no new injuries ahead of his side's clash with Bristol City on Friday.
Wing-back George Baldock (hamstring) had been expected to return last weekend but was absent once again and it remains to be seen if he will be involved as fourth host third in the Championship. Wilder could be tempted to make changes from the side that lost to Millwall, with strikers Billy Sharp and Clayton Donaldson pushing for recalls to the starting line-up.
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Forward Ched Evans (ankle) and defender Kieron Freeman (knee) are still sidelined and midfielder Paul Coutts is out for the rest of the season after breaking his leg.
Bristol City are hoping Jamie Paterson can make the long trip north. Paterson scored the winner in last week's win against Middlesbrough but has not fully recovered after picking up a recent hamstring problem.
Famara Diedhiou (knee) has returned from France following a period of rehabilitation, although the Senegal striker will not be involved yet. Callum O'Dowda (ankle), Eros Pisano (hamstring), Jens Hegeler (knee) and Gary O'Neil (knee) also remain out, while Milan Djuric is set to undergo groin surgery.
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Sheffield United have won nine of their last 10 home matches against the Robins in all competitions, losing the other on the opening day of the 2014/15 season in League One.
Bristol City haven't kept a clean sheet at Bramall Lane in any of their last 19 attempts - their last shutout came in a 3-0 win in November 1957.
Billy Sharp has had a hand in five goals in his last five league matches against the Robins (four goals, one assist).
Lee Johnson has never beaten Sheffield United as a manager, drawing four and losing one of five previous matches, all in League One.
The Blades haven't failed to win four consecutive league matches since August 2016 (a run of seven).
Bristol City have already won more away Championship points this season (19) than they managed in the whole of last season (17).
When the fixture list came out in the summer I can't imagine there would have been too many looking at this game and expecting it to the fourth v third in the Sky Bet Championship by December! But that's exactly where these two clubs have found themselves.
Sheffield United have earned just a point from their last three games now, and it's no coincidence that this dip in form has come since that injury to Paul Coutts as he was such an important player for them. This should be a good game between two sides who always want to attack. Score draw for me.
David Prutton predicts: 2-2 with Leon Clarke to score first (45/1 with Sky Bet)