Match Guide & Betting: Sheffield United v Fleetwood Town

Michael Doyle and Gareth Evans in action when Sheffield United and Fleetwood Town met earlier this season
Michael Doyle and Gareth Evans in action when Sheffield United and Fleetwood Town met earlier this season

Sheffield United’s promotion charge suffered a minor setbeck in midweek as they threw away a 1-0 lead to lose out to Peterborough at Bramall Lane. Nigel Clough’s side be looking to get back on track when Fleetwood Town head for Sheffield with a top-two place still not being ruled out by Blades.

POSSIBLE TEAMS

Sheffield United: Turner, Brayford, McEveley, Basham, Harris, Doyle, Coutts, Freeman, Baxter, Murphy, Done.

Fleetwood Town: Maxwell, Roberts, McLaughlin, Chicksen, Jordan, Evans, Morris, Murdoch, Haughton, Ball, Proctor.

PLAYER TO WATCH

Jamie Proctor ended a 20 match drought in front of goal during Fleetwood Town’s draw with Scunthorpe United three days ago but remains the visitors’ joint leading goalscorer in League One competition this term with five. The 22-year-old started his professional career with home-town club Preston North End before arriving at Highbury via Swansea City and Crawley Town. Proctor has also represented Stockport County and Shrewsbury Town on loan.

HISTORY LESSON

Sheffield United and Fleetwood Town shared the spoils when the met for the first time in competitive action three months ago. Bob Harris opened the scoring at Highbury before Antoni Sarcevic equalised for the hosts. The result saw United remain fifth in the League One table while Town were 11th. Nigel Clough’s side produced 19 shots, six of which were on target, during a match which saw both teams return a possession figure of 50 per cent. The match also saw Kieran Wallace make his senior debut.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

Darren Deadman - The Cambridgeshire official has issued eight red cards so far this season and six in his last 14 games. Three of those have come in League One fixtures. Deadman, who averages 3.46 cautions per match during the present campaign, returned a figure of 3.52 during 2013/14 when he dismissed nine players in 34 appointments. Once cleared by the FA after being accused of making an obscene gesture at fans.

BETTING

Sheffield Utd 4/6 Draw 14/5 Fleetwood 4/1

WORTH A PUNT?

Sheffield Utd to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-1 is 6/4

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