Match Preview: Coventry City v Sheffield United

Last updated : 30 November 2007 By @blades_mad1889

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Coventry City head into there second home fixture in a row after a one all score draw with Scunthorpe United; but it came at a cost for the Iron after seeing two of their players sent off.

Michael Doyle (51) gave the home side the lead after he dispatched his penalty after Jay Tabb was fouled in the box - keeper Joe Murphy was sent off for committing the foul before Kelly Youga (84) also received his marching orders after picking up his second card of the game. But, despite being down to nine men the Iron leveled with two minutes remaining; Joe Cork getting on the score sheet.

The Sky Blues will be without star striker Michael Misfud; the Maltese International will serve the last of his three match suspension following a sending off at home to West Bromwich Albion - the Albion then went and shipped four goals without reply past the ten man team.

City will also be without Wolverhampton Wanderers target Kevin Kyle (ankle) but expect to see Leon McKenzie return to the starting line-up after recovering from his knee injury.

Possible Sky Blues Line-Up: Dimitrios Konstantopoulos, Marcus Hall, Elliott Ward, Ben Turner, David McNamee, Julian Gray, Jay Tabb, Stephen Hughes, Michael Doyle, Dale Adebola, Leon McKenzie.

Sheffield United travel to the Ricoh Arena on back of an enthralling 3-0 victory which they earned at Charlton Athletic last Tuesday night. James Beattie set the ball rolling (34) when he turned home a penalty after David Carney was fouled in the box.

Defender Gary Cahill (75) stabbed home from close range to double the visitors lead and Beattie turned provider in the final minute to set Chris Armstrong free who won his battle with Nicky Weaver when one-on-one with the former Sheffield Wednesday shot stopper.

Unfortunately the victory came at a price with keeper Ian Bennett dropping out prior to the game after injuring two fingers in the pre-match warm up; forcing Paddy Kenny to once again re-stake his place.

Striker Rob Hulse could soon see a return to first team action after recovering from a broken leg; it is unlikely that he will be placed on the substitutes bench for the game at City but could see him in the team by the time United face local rivals Barnsley on December 15th.

Possible Blades Line-Up: Paddy Kenny, Phil Bardsley, Gary Cahill, Matthew Kilgallon, Gary Naysmith, Nick Montgomery, David Carney, Michael Tonge, Chris Armstrong, Keith Gillespie, James Beattie.

:: Man in the Middle ::

Referee: C. Webster (Tyne & Wear)
Assistants: N. Radford & M. Sutton
Fourth Official: I. Hamilton

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