Sheffield United and Bristol City each put their good form on the line as they face off at Ashton Gate this afternoon. Here’s what you need to know about today’s match.
What’s the team news?
Sheffield United striker Leon Clarke looks likely to be available after missing the Aston Villa game before the international break with a tight hamstring. Boss Chris Wilder revealed all his side's internationals are available. Dean Henderson, Enda Stevens, John Egan, Ben Woodburn, Oli Norwood and Conor Washington were all away with their countries.
Bristol City defender Tomas Kalas is fit, despite being taken off at half-time by the Czech Republic against Russia. Boss Lee Johnson revealed another player, who he did not want to name, had suffered an injury in training. Nathan Baker is fit after an ankle knock, while Mo Eisa and Frankie Fielding are getting closer to fitness, but Korey Smith remains a long-term absentee.
How do we think they’ll line up?
Bristol City: Niki Maenpaa, Adam Webster, Tomáš Kalas, Lloyd Kelly, Jack Hunt, Callum O’Dowda, Josh Brownhill, Marlon Pack, Niclas Eliasson, Andreas Weimann, Matty Taylor.
Sheffield United: Dean Henderson, Jack O’Connell, John Egan, Chris Basham, Kieron Freeman, Enda Stevens, Oliver Norwood, John Fleck, Mark Duffy, Billy Sharp, David McGoldrick
Who is the Referee?
JOHN BROOKS – Brooks, who will be assisted by Sam Lewis and John Flynn at Ashton Gate, averages 4.71 cautions per game so far this season. However, he has sent-off just one player, Stoke City’s Ashley Williams, since early March. Brooks, who took charge of Sheffield United’s goalless draw with Ipswich Town later that month.
What are the odds?
Bristol City 8-5, Sheffield United 13-8, Draw 12-5
How’s the form?
Bristol City D L W W W
Sheffield United L W W W W
Centre-forward Leon Clarke was on target when Sheffield United triumphed 3-2 at Ashton Gate on the final day of last season while Billy Sharp scored twice. Although second-half goals from the now departed Aiden Flint and Joe Bryan saw Bristol City threaten a comeback, Chris Wilder’s team held on secure their third straight victory at a stadium where they last tasted defeat in November 2010, when City triumphed 3-0 in front of a 13,376 crowd.
Who should Wednesday be keeping an eye on?
Andreas Weimann – The Austrian has scored five goals in his first seven outings for Bristol City, since moving to Ashton Gate for an undisclosed fee during the close season. Previously of Championship rivals Derby County, the 27-year-old has been capped 14 times by his country, making his debut against Kazakhstan in 2012.