Hot on the heels of Saturday’s win over Barnsley, there’s another South Yorkshire derby for Sheffield United to contend with tonight as Doncaster Rovers head to Bramall Lane.
United will be looking to turn in a similar display to that which comfortably saw off the Reds at Oakwell with goals from Steve Davies and Jason Holt, while in the Rovers camp, it will be a case of attempting to bounce back from their horror-show against Bradford City on a not-so Good Friday.
Sheffield United: Howard, Harris, Kennedy, McEveley, Brayford, Coutts, Basham, Murphy, Holt, Done, S Davies.
Doncaster Rovers: Bywater, Wabara, McCullogh, Butler, Stevens, Bennett, Furman, Wellens, Tyson, Main, Mandeville.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
Jason Holt, on-loan from Heart of Midlothian, has scored a goal in each of his last three games for Sheffield United and will be hoping to continue that run of form tonight. The midfielder, who scored the visitors’ second goal during last weekend’s game against Barnsley at Oakwell, has represented Scotland at under-19, under-20 and under-21 level.
Holt spent a brief period with Raith Rovers after making his debut for the newly-crowned Scottish Championship champions in 2011.
Andy Butler made just one appearance for United before being allowed to join Walsall and then Doncaster Rovers on loan before completing a permanent transfer to Paul Dickov’s side in January. The centre-half has scored three goals for the visitors ahead of his return to Bramall Lane this evening. Butler has also represented Blackpool, Huddersfield Town, Grimsby Town and Scunthorpe United.
Sheffield United will be attempting to complete the double over Doncaster Rovers having triumphed 1-0 at the Keepmoat Stadium earlier this season. However the visitors enter the game unbeaten in their previous four appearances at Bramall Lane with the last three of those encounters ending in a draw. Meetings between these two clubs have produced an average of 2.2 goals per game since December 1988. The only goalless draws involving both United and Rovers have both occurred at this stadium.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Scott Duncan - From Northumberland, Duncan averages 2.54 cautions per game this term and has issued three red cards since August although none of those have come in League One competition. He oversaw Doncaster Rovers’ FA Cup tie against Bristol City at the Keepmoat Stadium in January and Sheffield United’s win over Peterborough in August.
Sheffield Utd 1/1 Draw 12/5 Doncaster 11/4
WORTH A PUNT?
Sheffield United to win 2-0 is 10-1
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