Match Preview: Hull City vs. Sheffield United

Last updated : 17 October 2010 By @blades_mad1889

19.10.2010 - hull city vs. sheffield united

Dean Marney and Chris Eagles (penalty) gave Burnley a quick-fire second half double lead at Bramall Lane last Saturday, but the home faithful bounced back via goals from Daniel Bogdanovic and Matthew Lowton.

With 30 seconds remaining Jay Rodriguez made it 3-2 to the visitors and three points looking in the direction of Lancashire; but there was to be a twist when Mark Yeates netted deep into stoppage time to draw the game level.

During the game the Blades lost on loan Manchester United defender Ritchie de Laet (calf) to injury; the full extent will be examined today which will determine if he will play apart against Hull.

They will however be without Darius Henderson (hamstring), Ryan France (back), Lee Williamson (back), Robert Kozluk (leg), Kyle Bartley (fractured cheek bone).

Blades boss Gary Speed is boosted by the return of Jamie Ward who served the last of his three match suspension against Burnley. He was sent off in the Yorkshire Derby defeat at Leeds United.

Expected Eleven: Simonsen, Calvé, Morgan, Nosworthy, Jordan, Ertl, Cresswell, Quinn, Britton, Yeates, Bogdanovic.

The Tigers gave themselves it all to do away from home last weekend, conceding inside 3 minutes at the Walkers Stadium. Without a proper shot on goal in the first half, they came back five minutes after half time to equalise through Robert Koren. City were much improved in the second half and worthy of a point, which is a decent result given some of their horror shows on the road.

Paul McShane went off with an ankle injury so Nolberto Solano will probably come in at right-back. There will be no changes to the rest of the defence: Andy Dawson at left-back, loanee's Daniel Ayala and Anthony Gerrard in the centre, in front of former Blade Matt Duke in goal.

Meanwhile Jimmy Bullard and James Harper probably won't have recovered from injuries in time. Hull boss Nigel Pearson picked just three in midfield on Saturday: Richard Garcia, Robert Koren and Tom Cairney. Captain Ian Ashbee was on the bench again after looking below standard since returning from injury.

Mark Cullen, Rowan Vine and Caleb Folan formed an adventurous-looking three-man attack at the Walkers Stadium, keeping Jay Simpson out of the side after his zero goal return since his move from Arsenal.

Veterans Nick Barmby and Kevin Kilbane made impacts as substitutes on Saturday so could be pushing to start.

John Bostock and Craig Fagan now appear to be out of favour, while Peter Halmosi hasn't been involved all season. Kamil Zayatte looked to be on his way out of the club before a move fell through and he has since been out injured.

 For those who shall be attending this fixture it's fair to say not to expect many goals; Hull have averaged almost one goal a game at home (without reply) after recording two 2-0 victories over Swansea City and Derby County whilst scoreless draws have occurred when Watford, Nottingham Forest and Coventry City came to Town.

Expected Eleven: Duke, Gerrard, Solano, Dawson, Ayala, Cairney, Koren, Garcia, Folan, Cullen, Vine.

We would like to thank Andy Beill ( for his help in this preview.