Match Guide: Sheffield United v Coventry City

Coventry's 'Reda Johnson  and Jamie Murphy in action earlier in the system
Coventry's 'Reda Johnson and Jamie Murphy in action earlier in the system
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Sheffield United welcome Coventry City to Bramall Lane looking to maintain the Blades buzz after two impressive away wins in a week at Bristol City and Notts County.


Sheffield United: Turner, Harris, Kennedy, Basham, Brayford, Doyle, Coutts, Murphy, Holt, Campbell-Ryce, Done.

Coventry City: Jones, J Willis, Martin, Phillips, Pennington, O’Brien, Barton, Tudgay, Fleck, Williams, Samuel.


But for a missed transfer dealine, John Fleck could have been lining-up for Sheffield United rather than Coventry City tomorrow having come close to joining the South Yorkshire club from Rangers four years ago. Having initially left Ibrox for a loan spell at Blackpool, the former Scotland under-21 international joined City in July 2012 having rejected the Glaswegians’ attempts to transfer his contract to the ‘newco’ set-up in response to their deepening financial crisis.

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These two clubs have met each other 58 times in competitive fixtures and, if Sheffield United win tomorrow, they will draw level with Coventry City on 20 wins. Nineteen of their previous contests have ended in stalemate. The visitors beat Nigel Clough’s side 1-0 at Sixfields Stadium earlier this term. Jim O’Brien scored the only goal of the game during the second-half of a match attended by only 2,279 supporters as protests surrounding City’s since resolved exile from the Ricoh Arena continued to hit their gates.


Darren Drysdale: From Lincolnshire, Drysdale has produced a total of five red cards this season with four of those coming in his last nine games. However only one, issued to Bristol City’s Wade Elliott at Swindon Town three months ago, has come in a fixture involving two third tier teams. Drysdale, who will be making his first visit to Bramall Lane since 2012, averages 3.38 cautions per game during the present campaign.


Sheffield Utd 8/13 Draw 14/5 Coventry 9/2


Blades to win and both teams to score is 11/4