Our last game of 2002 was last Saturday against Coventry City, the game ended all square at 0-0, though the Sky Blues were reduced to ten men in the second half when Dean Gordon received his second yellow card after mugging Peter Ndlovu.
Clarets fans will like to hear that Carl Asaba will be out of action as he pulled this thigh on Boxing Day, Asaba does have a history of scoring against Burnley (4 goals in 9 games). This will be Jon Harley's last game for United unless Fulham will let him continue playing for the Blades.
One more missing is Michael Brown who will serve a one match suspension after picking up his 5th booking in the Worthington Cup tie against Crystal Palace, Nick Montgomery is likely to take his place.
Possible Line-Up: Paddy Kenny, Phil Jagielka, Shaun Murphy, Robert Page (C), Jon Harley, Peter Ndlovu, Stuart McCall, Nick Montgomery, Michael Tonge, Steve Kabba, Wayne Allison.
The Clarets absolutely messed up their game on Saturday as they traveled to Withdean Stadium to face Brighton & Hove Albion. The Clarets took a 2 goal lead when Glen Little (44 minutes) and Ian
Moore on 71 minutes. However things turned sour as Seagulls scored two very late equalisers through on-loan striker Richard Sidwell.
Burnley have a small list of casualties with Steve Davis, Lee Briscoe, Michael Branch, Paul Cook and Andy Payton all missing from the opposition line-up, though Briscoe and Branch could be fit for the game but is highly unlikely that they will start the game.
However if they do start in the first 11 then Michael Branch will replace Ian Cox and ex-Wednesday man Mark McGegor will be replaced by Lee Briscoe.
Possible Line-Up: Marlon Beresford, Dean West, Arthur Gnohere, Ian Cox, Mark McGregor, Glen Little, Tony Grant, Paul Weller (C), Alan Moore, Gareth Taylor, Robbie Blake.
Blades-Mad would like to thank Phil Hardaker and London Clarets for helping us with the Burnley team.
Our last meeting was last season, Clarets fans came to Bramall Lane full of confidence as they had apparently the best player in the world in Paul Gascoigne. However Gascoigne was more of a disadvantage to the team, United won 3-0, Phil Jagielka grabbed two goals while the third came from Laurent D'Jaffo.
Prediction: Stan Turnet is desperate to beat United but I think this time round United will win this game.