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Early team news emerges ahead of Sheffield United’s clash with Brentford



Sheffield United host Brentford this evening at Bramall Lane hoping to keep the pressure on the Championship’s top two.

A Blades win could see them move back into second place and closer to leaders Norwich, depending on the outcome of Leeds’ trip to struggling Reading.

Chris Wilder will be looking to maintain the club’s positive form having not lost in their previous six games.

In fact, the Blades have one defeat to their name in their last ten outings, winning six of those.

A victory tonight would extend their eight-game unbeaten run and keep the pressure on the top two.

Thomas Frank’s men, meanwhile, have won seven of their last nine games – losing just twice as they have found some resurgent form to push themselves into 13th position.

The Bees are only six points off the play-offs and have an outside chance of reaching the top-six, but know they need a win tonight to keep their slim hopes alive.

Ahead of the game, Sky Sports offered some team news from both camps.

Wilder is expected to name an unchanged side this evening after seeing off Rotherham United last weekend.

The Blades have no new injury concerns or suspensions to worry about following the win over the Millers.

If the United boss changes his mind, top scorer and captain Billy Sharp could return to the starting XI after being dropped to the bench on Saturday.

Gary Madine, Kieran Dowell and Kieron Freeman could all be recalled if Wilder should see fit also.

To Brentford now, and Dan Bentley could miss out due to a shoulder injury, which forced him out of Saturday’s win at Middlesbrough.

The keeper was withdrawn in the 75th minute and replaced by Patrik Gunnarsson, who made his first senior appearance for the club.

The Icelandic teenager could be in line for his full debut in the Championship should Bentley be deemed until to feature.

Midfielder Lewis MacLeod (hamstring) and defender Rico Henry (foot) remain sidelined and will miss out on the trip to Bramall Lane.

The verdict

Sheffield United have no injuries and no suspensions – so Wilder has a full team to choose from.

At this stage of the season that is pretty impressive and highly conducive to getting positive results week in and week out.

As for Brentford, they could be without a few for the trip to Yorkshire, and that could well hamper their chances of getting thee much-needed points if they are keen on making the play-offs.

It’s set up to be an intriguing clash between the two teams.

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