Sheffield United will look to build on a comfortable 4-1 win over Colchester United on Tuesday night, however they are crtain to find themselves up against a much tougher task as Nigel Clough’s side head to Ashton Gate to take on League One leaders Bristol City,
Bristol City: Fielding, Ayling, Flint, Williams, Tavernier, Pack, K Smith, Freeman, Byran, M Smith, Emmanuel-Thomas.
Sheffield United: Turner, Brayford, Basham, McEveley, Harris, Davies, Doyle, Coutts, Murphy, Baxter, Done.
PLAYER TO WATCH
Jay Emmanuel-Thomas has scored nine goals this season with six of those coming in his last eight appearances for Bristol City. The former Arsenal, Blackpool and Doncaster Rovers centre-forward, who also represented Cardiff City and Ipswich Town before arriving at Ashton Gate as part of a swap deal which took Paul Anderson to Portman Road, was an FA Youth Cup and Premier Academy League winner with the Londoners and has represented England at under-17 level.
Bristol City triumphed 2-1 when these two teams met at Bramall Lane six months ago with Wade Elliott scoring the winning goal 18 minutes from time. Michael Higdon had earlier cancelled-out Aaron Wilbraham’s opener. However, Sheffield United boast more than twice as many wins as City in a rivalry which dates back to Saturday 6 February 1904. Nigel Clough’s side also did the ‘double’ over tomorrow’s opponents last term, winning 1-0 at Ashton Gate before triumphing 3-0 at Bramall Lane.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Graham Salisbury - From Lancashire, Salisbury averages 3.82 cautions per game this season compared to 2.8 last term. That figure rises to 3.83 during fixtures in the third tier of English competition. None of the three red cards he has produced - in consecutive games - were in a League One fixture but Salsibury has booked six players in each of his last two outings.
BETTING (Sky Bet)
Bristol City 6/5 Draw 23/10 Sheffield Utd 9/4
WORTH A PUNT?
It’s 7/2 for Sheffield United to win by one goal