Sheffield United v Norwich preview
Last Updated: 17/08/18 9:50am
Sheffield United will check on midfielder Mark Duffy as an illness bug has hit the squad ahead of the Sky Bet Championship clash against Norwich.
Duffy came off at half-time in the Carabao Cup tie against Hull on Tuesday night, which the Blades lost on penalties, and is one of a couple of players continuing to be assessed.
New signing Oliver Norwood made his debut against Hull, while captain Billy Sharp replaced Duffy for the second half and scored a late equaliser, so is expected to come back into the side on Saturday. Forward David McGoldrick continues to be assessed following a dead leg.
Canaries boss Daniel Farke also made several changes for their Carabao Cup first-round win over Stevenage. Dutchman Tim Krul is expected to return in goal, while on-loan Sheffield Wednesday forward Jordan Rhodes should feature having been an unused substitute on Tuesday night, along with defender Jamal Lewis, fit again from a dead leg.
Midfielder Ben Godfrey will be hoping to retain his place after the 20-year-old impressed against the League Two side. Striker Carlton Morris (knee) and long-term absentee Matt Jarvis (ankle) continue their rehabilitation.
None of the last 16 league meetings between Sheffield United and Norwich have ended as a draw (six wins for Sheffield United, 10 wins for Norwich).
Norwich have won their last two Championship visits to Bramall Lane, with their 1-0 win last season ending Sheffield United's run of nine consecutive home league wins.
Sheffield United haven't lost three consecutive home league matches since February 2013, when they lost to Hartlepool United, Yeovil Town and Coventry City in League One.
Norwich striker Jordan Rhodes has had more shots on target than any other Championship player this season (7), though he has only scored once.
David McGoldrick scored his first league goal for Sheffield United against QPR in their last Championship match, netting from the penalty spot - 18 of his last 19 league goals have been scored from inside the box.
Norwich have lost two of their last three league matches when scoring first (W1) - they had only lost two of their previous 68 league games when they'd scored first.
David Prutton predicts: 2-1 (15/2 with Sky Bet)