Derby Day is here!

Last updated : 15 January 2003 By @blades_mad1889

The Blades go into the game having just beaten Nationwide League Division One leaders Portsmouth at Fratton Park last Monday 2-1. Zimbabwean International Peter Ndlovu put the Blades in front after 24 minutes after Tonge put him through. Gary O'Neil equalised with just over 10 minutes to go but a Michael Brown strike with 3 minutes left won the game for United.

The Blades main doubt is Carl Asaba who limped off in the victory over Liverpool and did not feature in the game against Portsmouth. Also Paddy Kenny had a scan last Tuesday on his leg, though we believe it is not serious and he will start against Fowls.

However his Friday a new player could be making his full Blades debut, Dean Windass could sign before the game but only if he agrees terms with United. If he does sign then it is highly likely that he will partner Steve Kabba upfront.

Possible Line-Up: Paddy Kenny, Phil Jagielka, Shaun Murphy, Robert Page, Wayne Quinn, Peter Ndlovu, Stuart McCall, Michael Brown, Michael Tonge, Wayne Allison, Steve Kabba.

Last Saturday Wednesday beat Reading 3-2 at Hillsbrough. The Royals took the lead through Nicky Forster after 9 minutes and then

Butler made it two ten minutes later.

In the second half the Owls turned the game around, Alan Quinn scored with seven minutes gone and then Gerald Sibon put in his last ever Wednesday goal on 69 minutes. Two minutes later, winger Allan Johnston (on loan from Middlesbrough) hammered the Owls in front for the match winner.

The Owls have four players missing on Friday, Lloyd Owusu, Matthew Hamshaw, David Burrows and Paul McLaren are all definite doubts. Missing from the Reading victory is Gerald Sibon who was sold to SC Heerenveen last Monday and is likely that Leon Knight will take his place.

Meanwhile Chris Turner has managed to secure Daryl Powell's services last Wednesday and it is likely that he will make his debut against Wednesday on Friday.

Possible Line-Up: Kevin Pressman, Derek Geary, Danny Maddix, Andy Westwood, Ryan Green, Alan Quinn, Trond Egil Soldvedt, Allan Johnston, Sheftki Kuqi, Leon Knight.

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Last seasons Steel City Derby at Bramall Lane ended 0-0, although United did score though Carl Asaba but he was deemed to have fouled Leigh Bromby.

Prediction: The game will be fired up at times as this is a very important derby game in which both teams will want to win, however I think (or hope!) that United will be too strong for the Owls and win 2 or 3-0.