Match Guide: Sheffield United v Swindon Town

Ryan Flynn challenges Swindon's Nathan Thompson when Sheffield United met Swindon in September

Ryan Flynn challenges Swindon's Nathan Thompson when Sheffield United met Swindon in September

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Sheffield United host high-flying Swindon Town with the Blades hoping to bring the feel-good factor of the midweek Capital One Cup semi-final second leg draw with Tottenham and the probable second debut of John Brayford. into their League One challenge.

POSSIBLE TEAMS

Sheffield United: Howard, Brayford, McEveley, Basham, Harris, Doyle, Coutts, Flynn, Scougall, Murphy, McNulty.

Swindon Town: Foderingham, Branco, N Thompson, Turnbull, Byrne, Stephens, L Thompson, Toffolo, Swift, Smith, Williams.

ONE TO WATCH

Andy Williams, the former Yeovil Town, Bristol Rovers and Hereford United centre-forward, has scored 19 goals in 31 appearances this season and seven in his last six appearances. Williams, who spent time on the books of both Aston Villa and Birmingham City as a youngster, has failed to hit the target only twice since November 22 when he netted during a 2-1 victory over Peterborough. The 28-year-old claimed one goal when Swindon Town beat Sheffield United 5-2 in September.

HISTORY LESSON

Sheffield United have lost their previous two meetings with Swindon Town but did beat them 1-0 at Bramall Lane last term when Jose Baxter scored the only goal of the game - Ryan Flynn provided the assist - after 67 minutes. That result saw United climb to 19th in the League One table while the visitors dropped to eighth. They enter tomorrow’s contest placed ninth and first respectively. Mark Cooper’s side have been beaten only once, by United’s neighbours Doncaster Rovers, in 10 outings.

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

David Coote: From Nottinghamshire, Coote took charge of last season’s League One play-off final between Rotherham United and Leyton Orient at Wembley. Averages exactly four cautions per game in all competitions so far this term compared to 3.17 during the previous campaign. His father made one first class appearance for Nottinghamshire CC, against Yorkshire, in 1977.

BETTING

(from Sky Bet)

Sheffield Utd 6/4 Draw 9/4 Swindon 9/5

WORTH A PUNT?

Fresh from a starring role against Tottenham, Jamie Murphy is 7/1 to score the first goal

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