The Blades travel to London on the back of 14 league games unbeaten and are the highest scorers away from home so far this season. These statistics may point to an away win but this game won't be easy. 11th placed Charlton have claimed back to back victories over Port Vale (2-0) and at Bristol Rovers (5-1), winning four of their last five league outings.
In the last two matches, United have had the unusual record of seeing the opposition finding two players red carded in a game. United beat Shrewsbury last Saturday and Bury on Tuesday, but only just...
A stoppage-time goal from Ethan Ebanks-Landell handed Sheffield United a narrow 1-0 win over nine-man Bury which extended their unbeaten run to 14 league games. The Shakers finished the game at a disadvantage after having Jacob Mellis and Greg Leigh sent off. United's Billy Sharp fired over early on and then Paul Coutts had a long-range shot saved by Ben Williams.
Daniel Lafferty wasted a great chance to score; putting a free header over from Sharp's cross Stefan Scougall's header then hit the bar. Williams saved Matt Done's shot on the turn before Bury lost Mellis a couple of minutes before the break when he was sent-off following a late challenge on Done. Soon after the restart, Leigh fired in a 20-yard effort which curled away from goal.
United continued to press with Jack O'Connell and Done both heading off-target. Substitute Leon Clarke went close to scoring when his header was headed off the line by Leon Barnett. Bury went down to nine men five minutes from time when Leigh received a second booking. The visitors' Antony Kay cleared Harry Chapman's shot off the line, while Ebanks-Landell slotted home a low shot in the third minute of stoppage time to finally end Bury's resistance.
Sheffield United could be boosted by the return to contention of both Mark Duffy and Kieron Freeman. Winger Duffy and midfielder Freeman both missed the midweek home win against Bury due to respective calf and back injuries sustained in last week's victory over Shrewsbury.
Midfielder Paul Coutts overcame a leg injury to play the full 90 minutes against Bury and is likely to continue, but boss Chris Wilder has other options. Caolan Lavery is still waiting for his first Blades start, while Harry Chapman, Chris Hussey and Leon Clarke are among those pushing for recalls.
Charlton have appointed Karl Robinson, formerly of MK Dons as there new manager after he succeeded Russell Slade. New Charlton boss Karl Robinson is expected to watch from the stands as the Addicks welcome Sheffield United to The Valley. Robinson was appointed as Russell Slade's replacement on Thursday but caretaker boss Kevin Nugent remains at the helm for the Sky Bet League One meeting with the Blades.
Nugent has overseen two wins from two and will be hoping that defender Chris Solly will be fit following a knee injury. Winger Ricky Holmes (foot) and midfielder Ahmed Kashi (Achilles) remain sidelined.
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