The cup distractions have gone, so now Nigel Clough has his pick of a big squad as the Blades put all their attention on getting out of League One...starting at Gillingham.
Gillingham: Nelson, Hoyte, Loft, Ehmer, Egan, Dack, Pritchard, Hessenthaler, McGlashan, McDonald, Norris.
Sheffield United: Howard, Brayford, Basham, Kennedy, Harris, Doyle, Coutts, Flynn, Baxter, Murphy, Done.
PLAYER TO WATCH
John Egan, the former Sunderland centre-half, played once for Sheffield United during a spell on loan at Bramall Lane three years ago. Aged 22, he joined Gillingham after being released by the Premier League club at the end of last season. Egan, who has scored four goals this term, also gained experience ay Crystal Palace, Bradford City and Southend United before moving to Kent. Tomorrow is expected to mark the 57th start of a career which includes no substitute appearances.
Sheffield United beat Gillingham, then managed by Peter Taylor, 2-1 at Bramall Lane earlier this term with Michael Higdon and Jamie Murphy both scoring a goal apiece within the final three minutes of normal time. Luke Norris had earlier fired then visitors ahead against the run of play. Nigel Clough’s side also won last season’s corresponding fixture at Priestfield. Conor Coady, now of Huddersfield Town, claimed the only goal of a game which also marked Ben Davies’ United debut after leaving Derby County.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Iain Williamson - Based in Berkshire, Williamson has taken charge of only four matches so far this term but averages 4.25 caution per game. He returned a figure of 2.85 per game last season and 3.36 during the 2012/13 campaign. Tomorrow’s match at Priestfield will be the first time he has overseen a fixture involving either of the se two teams since Gillingham’s 2-2 draw with Swindon Town in August 2013.
BETTING (Sky Bet)
Gillingham 11/4 Draw 12/5 Sheffield Utd 1/1
WORTH A PUNT
Sheffield United are 5/2 to score exactly TWO goals, as they have done on 14 occasions this season and six times away from home