Preview: Sheffield United vs. Wycombe Wanderers
Updated Friday, 10th February 2012
Sheffield United host Wycombe Wanderers for the very first Football League meeting at Bramall Lane between the two teams.
United have not played out League One football for a fortnight, has a result the Blades remain fourth in the table with 53 points and Sheffield Wednesday slipped into second (57 points) following their 2-1 win over Yeovil Town last Saturday. However the Blades have two games in hand over their rivals and maximum points against Scunthorpe United (h) and Colcester United (a) could see them retake second spot when the games come around.
On transfer deadline day last on 31 January saw the Blades bring in former Rotherham United and Watford striker Will Hoskins on loan until the end of the season from npower Championship club Brighton & Hove Albion; he could play a role against Wycombe Wanderers this weekend. A similar move saw Norwegian striker Erik Tonne join York City.
Blades boss Danny Wilson will be without striker James Beattie for this forthcoming fixture with the Chairboys. He was dismissed on 21 January in a 0-1 defeat at Charlton Athletic and has already missed the defeat to Birmingham City (0-4) in the FA Cup; he will also miss next Tuesday's Yorkshire Derby at Huddersfield Town.
Wycombe Wanderers jump from bottom of the table last weekend to twentieth in the League One table following their 2-1 victory over Tranmere Rovers. Matt Whichelow (23) scored on his debut after joining on loan from Wattford and Gareth Ainsworth (30) netted to cancel out an early striker from Rovers Adam McGurk (5). It was the Adams Park clubs second victory in seven games which saw them hammered 6-0 at home to Huddersfield Town were Jordan Rhoades scored five!
The Chairboys have no fresh injuries after defender Leon Johnson returned from injury to face Tranmere last weekend; he required stitches in a gashed knee but recovered in time to start last weekend.
Wanderers boss Gary Waddock could feature defender John Halls and midfielder James Harper against their former clubs. Halls, 29 joined Sheffield United on loan from Reading in March 2008 under the leadership of Kevin Blackwell and remind at Bramall Lane until the end of the season. He made his debut in a 1-0 win at Barnsley and made a total of five (+1) appearances for the Blades.
Harper, 31 is currently on loan from Hull City. He joined the Blades initially on loan from Reading in September 2009 - making his deal permanent the following February. He made his debut in a 1-0 win at Derby County and scored his first goal in the following fixture at Coventry City (lost 3-2). He left United in July 2010 to join Hull on a free transfer having made 33 (+3) appearances and scored four goals.