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MATCH PREVIEW V SHEFF UTD

9 March 2018

A look at Saturday’s match as Blues host Sheffield United at Portman Road

 Current standings: Town are 12th following back-to-back away wins for the first time since August and currently sit seven points off the top six. Sheffield United dropped to ninth after a 3-0 defeat to Fulham last time out and are now three points adrift of the Play-Off places. Both sides have games in hand to be played Tuesday.

League form:
Town – 8/15 points                                                    
Burton (H) D 0-0                                                        
Norwich (A) D 1-1                                                      
Cardiff (H) L 1-0                                                          1
Preston (A) W 1-0                                                       
Sheff Wed (A) W 2-1                                                  

Sheff Utd – 9/15 points
Sunderland (A) W 2-0
Burton (H) D 0-0
Norwich (A) D 1-1
Cardiff (H) L 1-0
Preston (A) W 1-0

Last time we met: Town 0-1 Sheff Utd 06.01.18 (FA Cup)
Nathan Thomas’ spectacular long-range effort was enough to see United into the fourth round of the FA Cup back in January. Chris Basham, Regan Slater and Caolan Lavery all missed chances for the visitors. Town felt they should have had a first-half penalty when the ball struck Lavery’s arm, but referee Michael Jones was not interested. Luke Chambers had a chance to force a replay in the dying stages but headed narrowly wide.

Previous meetings at Portman Road:
04.03.08 Town 1-1 Sheff Utd
29.11.08 Town 1-1 Sheff Utd
02.05.10 Town 0-3 Sheff Utd
05.02.11 Town 3-0 Sheff Utd
06.01.18 Town 0-1 Sheff Utd

One to watch: Billy Sharp
Veteran striker Sharp has 12 goals to his name this term and boasts an impressive strike-rate with a goal coming on average every 149 minutes. Manager Chris Wilder has emphasised that he regards Sharp and Leon Clarke as his best attacking partnership with the pair contributing 27 Championship goals between them this season.

Could be the difference: Martyn Waghorn
Two strikes from Waggy midweek saw the forward end a run of 14 league games without a goal. The summer arrival has been Town’s most influential player with 12 goals and eight assists to his name this term.

Match officials:
Referee – John Brooks
Assistants – Neil Davies & Lee Venamore
Fourth official – Ian Cooper


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