Sheffield United v Hull preview
Last Updated: 03/11/17 3:17pm
Sheffield United goalkeeper Simon Moore could make his first start of the season against Hull in place of the injured Jamal Blackman.
Sheffield United goalkeeper Simon Moore could make his first start of the season against Hull in place of the injured Jamal Blackman, who was stretchered off in the midweek defeat at QPR with a back injury after an awkward fall and has returned to parent club Chelsea to be fully assessed.
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The Blades are also expected to be without defender George Baldock, who was withdrawn with a tight hamstring at Loftus Road. Defender Kieron Freeman (knee) and striker Ched Evans (ankle) remain long-term absentees.
Hull will be without suspended centre-half Michael Hector following his dismissal in the midweek home defeat to Middlesbrough. Ola Aina will return to the starting line-up at right-back, with Fikayo Tomori switching to partner Michael Dawson in central defence.
Ondrej Mazuch will be sidelined for another fortnight due to a hamstring injury, while a similar problem will keep midfielder Jon Toral out for between four and six weeks. Midfielder Sebastian Larsson is expected to shake off a knock, but Evandro, Stephen Kingsley, Will Keane, Abel Hernandez, Ryan Mason and Moses Odubajo are all still out.
Although the Blades have lost just one of their last 17 home matches in all competitions against Hull, that defeat was in their last meeting in December 2010.
There have been 13 goals scored in the last two matches between these teams in all competitions - 3-2 and 5-3 wins for Hull in December 2010 and April 2014 respectively.
Sheffield United have won six home league games this season, only one fewer than they won in their last Championship campaign in 2010/11 (7).
Jarrod Bowen has scored in seven different Championship games this season, with only Bobby Reid and Leo Bonatini scoring in more (8); however, Bowen has ended on the losing side in four of those matches, more than any other player.
Meanwhile, Billy Sharp has scored in five games and won all five, the best 100% record in the Championship this season. Sharp has ended on the winning side in each of his last 11 league matches at Bramall Lane.
The Blades are unbeaten in their last 15 league Yorkshire derbies (W10 D5) since losing 1-0 to Barnsley in November 2014.
Sheffield United's great run finally came to an end at QPR in midweek, but that shouldn't bother them too much because they generally react well to a defeat.
They come up against a Hull side who are in a bit of turmoil as well, with Leonid Slutsky admitting his future is out of his hands. For me this has to be a home win.
Prutton predicts: 2-1 (15/2 with Sky Bet)