Speaking ahead of the game, manager Slavisa Jokanovic gave an insight into his plans for using his attacking options this season, and said: “At the moment it is Billy, but we have Oli, we have Rhian and we have others here, other very good players too.
“Billy is in right now. But the rest, they have to make sure they are ready if we decide to make a change or need to make a change. That is what you must do - always show that you should be playing when you train and when you come on.
“We do not want it (picking a side) to be easy. It isn’t. And if we are to achieve what we are aiming for, then it can never be that way. It can not happen.”
Meanwhile, ex-Blades man Kieron Freeman, now of Portsmouth, has opened up on his struggles to find a new club, and revealed: “With Sheffield United doing so well and not changing the team, I then didn’t get a chance to play. It is what it is, that’s how football works sometimes. In the last year of my contract, I had a lot of clubs wanting to take me, but they wouldn’t let me leave.
“I was offered a new United deal and basically it was out of my hands without me knowing. By the time I found out, the contract was gone. That was my old agent. What happened next was the worst time of my career. I felt I had so much to give, but no-one to give it to.
“I then had six months with no club, waiting on people’s ifs, buts and maybes. I wasn’t injured, it was down to politics. My old agent didn’t have my best interests at heart.”
Take a look at the latest stories from the second-tier, as the anticipation for this weekend's action continues to build: