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Team news emerges ahead of huge clash between Sheffield United and Middlesbrough

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Sheffield United and Middlesbrough meet this evening in a clash between two promotion-chasing sides.

Chris Wilder’s men threw away a three-goal lead last time out, drawing 3-3 with Aston Villa as they failed to move top of the table.

The Blades in third, are three places and four points better off than their visitors to Bramall Lane.

Tony Pulis’ team, meanwhile, are coming off the back off narrowly missing out on three big points over Leeds United having succumbed to late pressure to take just a point.

That result meant Boro last ground on the top two and are in the top-six buy just one point, knowing an adverse outcome could see them exit the play-off places.

United have lost four of their last five meetings against the team from the Riverside, with their only win in that run coming previous season at tonight’s venue, a narrow 2-1 victory.

Boro, meanwhile, have won just one of their last nine away matches at Bramall Lane in all competitions, drawing twice and losing six times.

You have to go back to April 2011 under Tony Mowbray for their last win at the Blades’ home.

Ahead of the meeting between the promotion-chasers, Sky Sports offered some early team news from both camps.

Starting with the hosts this evening, Chris Basham will severe a suspension having picked up his tenth yellow of the season in the epic draw with Aston Villa last weekend.

That means Martin Cranie is set to be recalled to the starting line-up.

Marvin Johnson is not eligible to play against his parent club so is forced to miss out for his loan team tonight.

But having had Scott Hogan suffer a similar fate last time out against Villa, the striker is ready and available to make his Blades debut this evening.

And so, to Middlesbrough, who could make a couple of changes to their starting XI with Britt Assombalonga hoping to be recalled from the start having been on the bench against Leeds last weekend.

Mo Besic was also a sub last time out and could be pushing for a start on the road this evening.

Other than that, both sides have minimal injury doubts and have almost their entire squad to choose from ahead of the game.

The verdict

It’s pretty rare that as this stage of the season, a team has almost all of its players fit and available for selection.

Yes, there will be knocks, and there will be doubts but to get past them and be ready to play is another.

It’s an interesting looking clash between the two sides, and the result could go either way in what is expected to be a war at Bramall Lane tonight.

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