Sheffield United and Birmingham City have had contested over 100 meetings between the two clubs but which team has the better hand.

There is no doubt that for the first time this season Sheffield United will start an FA Cup tie as underdogs despite being the home side. They advanced to the third round after straight wins over Oxford United (3-0), Torquay United (3-2) and non-leaguers Salisbury City (3-1) - all at Bramall Lane whilst Birmingham City beat their Midlands rivals Wolverhampton Wanderers (1-0) at the second time of asking at Molineux following an initial 0-0 draw.

United will be looking for Ched Evans to hit the sweet spot again after the Welsh striker has scored goals in every round; five in total after scoring braces against Oxford and Torquay - he has found the net 18 times this season. Whilst Birmingham City will look to top scorer Marlon King (11 goals) to see them through into round five.

Sheffield United hold a slight advantage over City in Football League head to head matches; winning three more than their opposition but overall its the Blues who have a better record having won two more games than the Blades.

United won the first ever meeting between the two clubs way back on 17 September 1892 when a 2-0 win at Bramall Lane prevailed; Jack Scott and Harry Hammond scoring the winning goals against Small Heath Alliance that day - they didn't become Birmingham City until 1905! The Blades went onto win promotion to Division One that season (you wouldn't believe it was via the play-offs either), but in the FA Cup the Blues have a great record over United with three victories in each of the three meetings between the two clubs.

Trophy wise, the Blades have won the FA Cup on four occasions; 1899 (Derby County), 1902 (Southampton), 1915 (Chelsea) and 1925 (Cardiff City) and have been runners-up twice in 1901 and 1936 to London opposition Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal respectively. Birmingham City have never won the FA Cup, though they were beaten finalists twice to Midlands rivals West Bromwich Albion (2-1) in 1931 and Manchester City (3-1) in 1956.

We first both met in this competition in 1934 when United lost 2-1 in Birmingham and in 1953 (lost 1-3) and 1984 (lost 0-2) were beaten after a replay at St. Andrews were they had initially drew 1-1 at the Lane - producing 13 goals in total.

They didn't have much luck either in their promotion winning campaign of 1960/61 were many of our elder supporters will remember when they reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup only to bow out in a second replay to Leicester City (at St. Andrews) - in the final City lost to Tottenham Hoptspur who completed the double whilst Sheffield United won promotion to Division One along with Ipswich Town.

Regardless of FA Cup defeats I am sure that a good tie will be played out against a bumper crowed - United have won our last league three games at Bramall Lane, but lost out (4-2) in the League Cup in 2006, midfielder Nick Montgomery has netted three times against City and would be nothing short of a 'miracle' if he was to do it again.

Picture: Gareth Taylor (United) and Michael Johnson (City) tussle for an invisible ball in Blades vs. Blues action on 22 February 1998, City win 2-0 at St. Andrews (image copyright to actionimages.com).

  PLD WON DWN LST
Football League 98 42 17 39
League Cup 2 0 0 2
FA Cup 5 0 2 3
Total 105 42 19 44

SeasonDateHomeScoreAwayCompetition
2008/2009 Sun 01 Mar Sheff. Utd. 2 - 1 Birmingham C. Championship  
  Sat 09 Aug Birmingham C. 1 - 0 Sheff. Utd. Championship  
2006/2007 Tue 24 Oct Sheff. Utd. 2 - 4 Birmingham C. League Cup  
2001/2002 Sun 21 Apr Birmingham C. 2 - 0 Sheff. Utd. League Division One  
  Sat 17 Nov Sheff. Utd. 4 - 0 Birmingham C. League Division One  
2000/2001 Sat 10 Feb Sheff. Utd. 3 - 1 Birmingham C. League Division One  
  Sat 09 Sep Birmingham C. 1 - 0 Sheff. Utd. League Division One  
1999/2000 Sat 25 Mar Sheff. Utd. 1 - 2 Birmingham C. League Division One  
  Sun 26 Dec Birmingham C. 0 - 2 Sheff. Utd. League Division One  
1998/1999 Sat 26 Dec Birmingham C. 1 - 0 Sheff. Utd. League Division One  
  Sat 22 Aug Sheff. Utd. 0 - 2 Birmingham C. League Division One  
1997/1998 Sun 22 Feb Birmingham C. 2 - 0 Sheff. Utd. League Division One  
  Sat 27 Sep Sheff. Utd. 0 - 0 Birmingham C. League Division One  
1996/1997 Sat 22 Mar Birmingham C. 1 - 1 Sheff. Utd. League Division One  
  Sat 24 Aug Sheff. Utd. 4 - 4 Birmingham C. League Division One  
1995/1996 Sat 02 Mar Birmingham C. 0 - 1 Sheff. Utd. League Division One  
  Tue 26 Dec Sheff. Utd. 1 - 1 Birmingham C. League Division One  
1987/1988 Sat 09 Apr Birmingham C. 1 - 0 Sheff. Utd. Second Division  
  Tue 20 Oct Sheff. Utd. 0 - 2 Birmingham C. Second Division  
1986/1987 Fri 19 Dec Birmingham C. 2 - 1 Sheff. Utd. Second Division  
  Sat 06 Sep Sheff. Utd. 1 - 1 Birmingham C. Second Division  
1984/1985 Mon 08 Apr Birmingham C. 4 - 1 Sheff. Utd. Second Division  
  Tue 01 Jan Sheff. Utd. 3 - 4 Birmingham C. Second Division  
1983/1984 Tue 10 Jan Birmingham C. 2 - 0 Sheff. Utd. F.A. Cup  
  Sat 07 Jan Sheff. Utd. 1 - 1 Birmingham C. F.A. Cup  
1975/1976 Tue 04 May Sheff. Utd. 1 - 1 Birmingham C. First Division  
  Sat 04 Oct Birmingham C. 2 - 0 Sheff. Utd. First Division  
1974/1975 Tue 29 Apr Birmingham C. 0 - 0 Sheff. Utd. First Division  
  Sat 26 Oct Sheff. Utd. 3 - 2 Birmingham C. First Division  
1973/1974 Sat 30 Mar Birmingham C. 1 - 0 Sheff. Utd. First Division  
  Sat 03 Nov Sheff. Utd. 1 - 1 Birmingham C. First Division  
1972/1973 Sat 17 Feb Sheff. Utd. 0 - 1 Birmingham C. First Division  
  Sat 12 Aug Birmingham C. 1 - 2 Sheff. Utd. First Division  
1970/1971 Sat 17 Apr Sheff. Utd. 3 - 0 Birmingham C. Second Division  
  Sat 10 Oct Birmingham C. 0 - 1 Sheff. Utd. Second Division  
1969/1970 Sat 13 Dec Sheff. Utd. 6 - 0 Birmingham C. Second Division  
  Sat 13 Sep Birmingham C. 2 - 1 Sheff. Utd. Second Division  
1968/1969 Tue 04 Mar Birmingham C. 2 - 2 Sheff. Utd. Second Division  
  Sat 07 Dec Sheff. Utd. 2 - 0 Birmingham C. Second Division  
1966/1967 Wed 07 Dec Sheff. Utd. 2 - 3 Birmingham C. League Cup  
1964/1965 Sat 23 Jan Birmingham C. 1 - 1 Sheff. Utd. First Division  
  Sat 19 Sep Sheff. Utd. 3 - 1 Birmingham C. First Division  
1963/1964 Sat 25 Apr Birmingham C. 3 - 0 Sheff. Utd. First Division  
  Sat 19 Oct Sheff. Utd. 3 - 0 Birmingham C. First Division  
1962/1963 Sat 23 Mar Birmingham C. 0 - 1 Sheff. Utd. First Division  
  Sat 03 Nov Sheff. Utd. 0 - 2 Birmingham C. First Division  
1961/1962 Sat 14 Apr Birmingham C. 3 - 0 Sheff. Utd. First Division  
  Sat 25 Nov Sheff. Utd. 3 - 1 Birmingham C. First Division  
1955/1956 Sat 24 Dec Birmingham C. 0 - 2 Sheff. Utd. First Division  
  Sat 27 Aug Sheff. Utd. 0 - 3 Birmingham C. First Division  
1952/1953 Sat 14 Mar Birmingham C. 1 - 2 Sheff. Utd. Second Division  
  Wed 04 Feb Birmingham C. 3 - 1 Sheff. Utd. F.A. Cup  
  Sat 31 Jan Sheff. Utd. 1 - 1 Birmingham C. F.A. Cup  
  Sat 25 Oct Sheff. Utd. 2 - 2 Birmingham C. Second Division  
1951/1952 Sat 15 Mar Birmingham C. 3 - 0 Sheff. Utd. Second Division  
  Sat 27 Oct Sheff. Utd. 4 - 2 Birmingham C. Second Division  
1950/1951 Sat 07 Apr Birmingham C. 3 - 0 Sheff. Utd. Second Division  
  Sat 18 Nov Sheff. Utd. 3 - 2 Birmingham C. Second Division  
1948/1949 Sat 26 Mar Sheff. Utd. 4 - 0 Birmingham C. First Division  
  Sat 27 Nov Birmingham C. 1 - 2 Sheff. Utd. First Division  
1933/1934 Sat 13 Jan Birmingham 2 - 1 Sheff. Utd. F.A. Cup  
  Tue 26 Dec Birmingham 4 - 2 Sheff. Utd. First Division  
  Mon 25 Dec Sheff. Utd. 2 - 1 Birmingham First Division  
1932/1933 Sat 01 Apr Birmingham 4 - 1 Sheff. Utd. First Division  
  Sat 19 Nov Sheff. Utd. 2 - 1 Birmingham First Division  
1931/1932 Sat 30 Jan Sheff. Utd. 1 - 0 Birmingham First Division  
  Sat 19 Sep Birmingham 1 - 3 Sheff. Utd. First Division  
1930/1931 Sat 27 Dec Sheff. Utd. 3 - 1 Birmingham First Division  
  Sat 30 Aug Birmingham 3 - 1 Sheff. Utd. First Division  
1929/1930 Sat 18 Jan Birmingham 2 - 1 Sheff. Utd. First Division  
  Sat 14 Sep Sheff. Utd. 4 - 2 Birmingham First Division  
1928/1929 Sat 20 Apr Sheff. Utd. 3 - 2 Birmingham First Division  
  Sat 08 Dec Birmingham 2 - 2 Sheff. Utd. First Division  
1927/1928 Sat 10 Mar Birmingham 4 - 1 Sheff. Utd. First Division  
  Sat 29 Oct Sheff. Utd. 3 - 1 Birmingham First Division  
1926/1927 Sat 07 May Birmingham 2 - 3 Sheff. Utd. First Division  
  Sat 18 Dec Sheff. Utd. 4 - 3 Birmingham First Division  
1925/1926 Sat 13 Feb Birmingham 2 - 0 Sheff. Utd. First Division  
  Sat 03 Oct Sheff. Utd. 4 - 1 Birmingham First Division  
1924/1925 Sat 21 Mar Sheff. Utd. 4 - 3 Birmingham First Division  
  Sat 15 Nov Birmingham 1 - 1 Sheff. Utd. First Division  
1923/1924 Sat 19 Apr Birmingham 0 - 1 Sheff. Utd. First Division  
  Sat 12 Apr Sheff. Utd. 0 - 2 Birmingham First Division  
1922/1923 Mon 12 Mar Birmingham 4 - 2 Sheff. Utd. First Division  
  Sat 17 Feb Sheff. Utd. 7 - 1 Birmingham First Division  
1921/1922 Sat 24 Dec Sheff. Utd. 1 - 2 Birmingham First Division  
  Sat 17 Dec Birmingham 2 - 1 Sheff. Utd. First Division  
1907/1908 Sat 08 Feb Birmingham 0 - 0 Sheff. Utd. First Division  
  Sat 12 Oct Sheff. Utd. 1 - 0 Birmingham First Division  
1906/1907 Sat 16 Feb Birmingham 0 - 0 Sheff. Utd. First Division  
  Sat 13 Oct Sheff. Utd. 2 - 0 Birmingham First Division  
1905/1906 Thu 28 Dec Sheff. Utd. 3 - 0 Birmingham First Division  
  Sat 30 Sep Birmingham 2 - 0 Sheff. Utd. First Division  
1904/1905 Sat 14 Jan Small Heath 2 - 0 Sheff. Utd. First Division  
  Sat 17 Sep Sheff. Utd. 2 - 1 Small Heath First Division  
1903/1904 Sat 02 Jan Sheff. Utd. 1 - 1 Small Heath First Division  
  Sat 05 Sep Small Heath 1 - 3 Sheff. Utd. First Division  
1901/1902 Sat 15 Feb Sheff. Utd. 1 - 4 Small Heath First Division  
  Sat 19 Oct Small Heath 5 - 1 Sheff. Utd. First Division  
1895/1896 Tue 07 Apr Small Heath 2 - 1 Sheff. Utd. First Division  
  Mon 02 Sep Sheff. Utd. 2 - 0 Small Heath First Division  
1894/1895 Sat 13 Apr Sheff. Utd. 0 - 2 Small Heath First Division  
  Sat 01 Dec Small Heath 4 - 2 Sheff. Utd. First Division  
1892/1893 Sat 03 Dec Small Heath 1 - 1 Sheff. Utd. Second Division  
  Sat 17 Sep Sheff. Utd. 2 - 0 Small Heath Second Division