Tranmere Rovers vs. Sheffield United

Last updated : 25 March 2013 By @blades_mad1889

Last weekend, a downfall of snow put paid to any football being played at Bramall Lane - they were scheduled to face Promotion chasing rivals Brentford live on Sky but early on Saturday morning the match was called off. Without a league fixture and positive results for both Bournemouth and Doncaster Rovers the Blades slipped to fifth in the table.

It leaves our disappointing 4-0 defeat at Stevenage on Saturday, 16 March as there last match action. Blades boss Danny Wilson will be looking to reserve the defeat inflicted by Boro which resulted in a four nil 'hammering' from the home side and a hat-trick for Boro striker Dani Lopez (41, 50 & 64 minutes), he had ironically recently been recalled from Brentford to aid their injury crisis in attack; Lucas Atkins (69) added the fourth which after other results sank United to fourth position in the league table.

The Blades chief is expected to be without duo Diego DeGirolamo (knee) and Lesinel Jean-François who have both required surgery to aid in there recovery and will not be included in tomorrow's line-ups. Wilson said; "Diego (De Girolamo) had his scan and underwent surgery straight away on a ruptured cruciate ligament. It will keep him sidelined for the long-term; we are certainly looking at a minimum of six months, which will mean he will miss the start of next season.

"The same goes for Lecsinel (Jean-Francois), who has had the same operation. During a scan it was discovered he had a ruptured cruciate, the same as Diego. It is a real blow for both lads and I can honestly say I am gutted for them. It isn't easy for anybody, but especially for a young lad who had all the excitement of the run-in in front of him. For Lecs, it just seems to be one thing after another, but as with Shaun (Miller) they will both have all our support and backing to get them back fit as soon as possible."

Meanwhile winger Jamie Murphy (hamstring) who exited the game in the early minutes of the game at the Lamex Stadium due to injury is listed as doubtful and may be included in Birkenhead.

Tranmere Rovers lay 7th in the table and one point off the play-offs following there 3-1 victory over Stevenage on Sunday. Earlier in the season Ronnie Moore's side were league leaders but a bad run of form has seen them slip down the league, they have won just six matches (in 15 games) since New Years Day. Zoumana Bakayogo (10) had given the hosts the lead but this didn't last long when Luke Freeman (12) fired home for the visitors. Ben Gibson (16) soon put Rovers back in front and as half-time drew to a close Bakayogo (38) again rumbled the net to extend there lead and 3-1 was how it stayed.

Veteran defender Ian Goodison (groin), 40 was an unused substitute in last Sunday's victory but is listed as doubtful but likely to retain his place amongst the substitutes. They are however without Andy Robinson (groin) and Adam McGurk (collapsed lung) who are injured but expected to return next month for the final run in.

Winger Michael O'Halloran is likely to start against his former club where he spent time on loan at Bramall Lane between March and May 2012 whilst on loan from Bolton Wanderers. He made his debut in a 4-1 home victory over Chesterfield when Ched Evans netted a hat-trick. During his time at Sheffield United he made just one first team appearance (+7 as a substitute) and returned to the Reebok Stadium without scoring a goal.

Blades-Mad Prediction: Tranmere Rovers 0-2 Sheffield United