Blades Fan Column: Do Robins provide the best route for play-off progress?

MK Dons with the likes of Dele Alli may be worth avoiding in the play-offs
MK Dons with the likes of Dele Alli may be worth avoiding in the play-offs
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At last United have made the play-offs, but it proved a far more difficult task than it should have. At least attention can now turn elsewhere, such as who might we play?

There likeliest is Swindon Town, who have the poorest current form of any of the top six.

This may or may not be important - it depends who you listen to. It’s also a moot point whether the two league results against them count for much.

If Swindon play their normal open game away from home we could get them on the break with Jamie Murphy and - hopefully - Matt Done.

Then if can go there with a narrow lead, our away form is solid enough to get a draw.

The next most likely opponent is MK Dons (but only if we lose to Chesterfield). They did the double over us but were dead lucky to do so.

However, they’re in hot form, winning eight of their last nine and averaging three goals a game.

Dele Alli and Carl Baker are tearing defences apart, and lesser-known players Samir Carruthers and Daniel Powell are also playing well.

If they end up third, they should be strong favourites to go up.

The team no Blades fan wants is Preston.

We beat them at home in the league, but they were in a slump at the time.

They then overpowered us in the cup replay and the likelihood is they would do so again.

Kevin Davies has expertly taught them how to influence referees and win free kicks, but they also have top players.

Now League One player of the season Joe Garner is fully fit, which he wasn’t when we played them three times early this year.

But, as they say, anything can happen in football.