Match Guide: Crawley Town v Sheffield United

Chris Basham in action against Crawley Town at Bramall Lane earlier this season

Chris Basham in action against Crawley Town at Bramall Lane earlier this season

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Sheffield United go to Crawley Town, unbeaten in their last five league games and still harbouring hopes of a top-two place and with it automatic promotion to the Championship.

Crawley’s form is erratic but they did beat Barnsley 5-1 in their last home game

POSSIBLE TEAMS

Crawley Town: Price; Wood, Ward, Bradley, Dickson; Pogba, Fowler, Wordsworth, Edwards; Tomlin; McLeod.

Sheffield United: Turner; Harris, McEveley, Kennedy, Brayford; Doyle, Basham; Flynn, Murphy, Coutts; Done.

PLAYER TO WATCH

Former Sheffield United centre-forward Izale McLeod has scored 15 goals in 33 appearances for Crawley Town this season, including a hat-trick against Barnsley a fortnight ago. McLeod, aged 30, was born in Perry Barr, Birmingham, but progressed through the ranks at Derby County. He moved to Bramall Lane on loan 11 years ago before representing MK Dons, Charlton, Barnet and Portsmouth. McLeod has been capped once by England at under-21 level.

HISTORY LESSON

Sheffield United and Crawley Town have faced each other just five times in competitive action with tomorrow’s visitors to the Checkatrade.com Stadium winning on three occasions and the hosts just once. Jose Baxter, who is serving the second match of a three game ban, scored the only goal of the game when these two sides met at Bramall Lane six months ago. That result saw United climb above Crawley in the table to 12th. Fleetwood Town led the way at that stage of the season with Peterborough in second.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

Charles Breakspear - The Surrey based official issued nine red cards in only 22 outings so far this season, including three in his last six games. He also averages 3.27 cautions per game during the present campaign. Last term, Breakspear returned figures of nine and 3.84 after being promoted from Football Conference duties. Booked only one player during his last visit to Crawley though.

BETTING (Sky Bet)

Crawley 4/1 Draw 11/4 Sheffield Utd 4/6

WORTH A PUNT?

Blades to win 1-0, 2-0 or 2-2 in 13/8

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