Match Preview: Sheffield United v Ipswich Town

Last updated : 09 September 2005 By @blades_mad1889

Play was stopped last weekend due to the unfortunate incidents of 'International Football' which saw our national side England beat Wales 1-0 before losing 1-0 to Northern Ireland last Wednesday.

Back to reality and the Blades kick-off against Ipswich after beating Crewe Alexandra 3-1 at Gresty Road.

Striker Neil Shipperley sent United on their way, turning in a volley from close range after Keith Gillespie swung in a corner after 15 minutes. However the Alex capitalised on Paddy Kenny's goalkeeping howler moments later.

And, in the second half Alan Quinn and Steve Kabba saved the Blades from embarrassment and won the game to keep Neil Warnock's side top of the league.

United welcome back Keith Gillespie who comes back after helping Northern Ireland beat the Three Lions whilst Paddy Kenny and Alan Quinn also return from International duty with Republic of Ireland who lost 1-0 to France at Lansdown Road.

Striker Paul Shaw is a doubt for United, the former Arsenal trainee picked up an Achilles injury after a midweek reserve game whilst Danny Webber is still suffering with the calf strain that kept him out of the Coventry City game two weeks ago.

Possible Blades Line-Up: Paddy Kenny, Leigh Bromby, Craig Short, Chris Morgan, David Unsworth, Paul Ifill, Alan Quinn, Lilian Nalis, Michael Tonge, Neil Shipperley, Steve Kabba.

The Blues go into their game after a terrible 4-0 lose to Preston North End at Portman Road on Bank Holiday Monday. David Nugent, David Jones and Patrick Agyemang put paid to Town's awful defending.

After that defeat Joe Royle has brought in Jay McEverley, who is expected to make his debut against United. McEverley, 20 has joined on loan from Premiership side Blackburn Rovers for whom he has made one appearance for.

Town though will be without star Midfielder Ian Westlake who broke down in training last Tuesday after sustaining ankle ligament damage and could be out for six weeks. Meanwhile striker Nicky Forster is out of action though hopes to recover soon following a cartilage operation.

Former Wigan man Jason de Vos returns to the Blues line-up, de Vos has been missed since the opening day of the season after cracking a rib against Cardiff City, Richard Naylor also returns from suspension.

Possible Blues Line-Up: Lewis Price, Luis Casttro Sito, Aidan Collins, Fabian Wilnis, Matthew Richards, Dean Bowditch, Jim Magilton, Darren Currie, Kevin Horlock, Owen Garvan, Sam Parkin.

:: Head-to-Head ::

Sheffield United v Ipswich Town

:: Last Six Meetings ::

05.02.05 Blades 0-2 Blues
02.11.04 Blues 5-1 Blades
30.04.04 Blades 1-1 Blues
22.11.03 Blues 3-0 Blades
08.02.03 Blues 3-2 Blades
25.01.03 Blades 4-3 Blues (FA Cup)