Sheffield United v Norwich preview
Last Updated: 15/09/17 10:27am
Striker Clayton Donaldson remains doubtful for Sheffield United's home game against Norwich.
Deadline-day signing Donaldson sustained a hamstring injury on his two-goal debut in last week's 2-1 win at Sunderland and subsequently missed the midweek victory at Bolton. Midfielder Samir Carruthers (calf) is back in contention after returning to full training and goalkeeper Simon Moore (knee) is hoping to play for the under-23s next week.
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Caolan Lavery remains sidelined after recently fracturing a cheekbone and eye socket, while fellow striker James Hanson (thigh) and defender Richard Stearman (hamstring) are still out.
Norwich head coach Daniel Farke could freshen up his Canaries following the midweek goalless draw with Burton. Midfielder Alex Tettey may be given a breather, with 20-year-old James Maddison having come off the bench for the closing stages, along with Dutch winger Yanic Wildschut.
Centre-back Grant Hanley is another in contention - the recent signing from Newcastle was an unused substitute on Tuesday night. Midfielder Alex Pritchard is recovering from ankle surgery, while Matt Jarvis (ankle), Jamal Lewis (knee) and Louis Thompson (Achilles) also continue their rehabilitation.
Sheffield United, who lost 2-1 the last time Norwich visited Bramall Lane in 2011, haven't lost back to back home league games against the Canaries since November 1993.
Norwich have won seven of their last nine league matches against the Blades (L2) although this is their first meeting since the 2010/11 season.
The Blades have started the season with three home league victories - they last won their opening four in the 2005/06 season, a season they were promoted to the Premier League.
The Canaries have conceded 30 goals in 13 away league games in 2017, at a rate of 2.31 per game - it is currently their highest ratio in a calendar year since 1963, when they conceded 54 in 22 games (2.45 per game).
Defender Jake Wright has never been on the losing side for Sheffield United in a league match when he's started (W25 D7). Indeed, Wright hasn't ended on the losing side in a league match when he's started since February 2016, when he was playing for Oxford against Northampton.
This is a home win all day for me. Sheffield United haven't lost at Bramall Lane in a very long time and it will be bouncing there again on Saturday.
Norwich, meanwhile, couldn't break down Burton in midweek and I can't see them picking up anything here.
Prutton predicts: 2-0 (11/1 with Sky Bet)