Sheffield United vs. Gillingham

By @blades_mad1889
Last updated : 19 January 2017

The Blades were victorious in the reverse fixture at the Priestfield Stadium, winning dramatically by two goals to one via a last minute Billy Sharp penalty on 4th October in front of the Sky TV cameras. The victory forged the beginning of a 15 game unbeaten league run which was halted by Walsall.

The Saddlers also paid an end to a five match unbeaten run last weekend when they became the first side this season to complete the double over United. Despite levelling the Blades eventually lost the match 4-1.

Walsall stunned League One leaders Sheffield United as they ended the Blades' six-game winning streak with a 4-1 thumping. It was the Saddlers' third victory over the Blades this season, having won at Bramall Lane in both the league and EFL Trophy. United almost led inside four minutes, 17-goal top scorer Billy Sharp crashing a shot on the turn against the bar from 12 yards.

But Walsall went ahead a minute later, Amadou Bakayoko's accurate finish finding the bottom corner from Joe Edwards' through ball. The Blades levelled on 10 minutes, however, Jack O'Connell nodding home from close range after Ethan Ebanks-Landell headed a far-post free-kick back across goal. After a quieter spell, Walsall regained the lead on 58 minutes as Jason McCarthy played a neat one-two with Bakayoko before trickling a shot past Moore at his near post.

Edwards sealed the points on 67 minutes, surging into the area before wrong-footing Moore with another near-post finish. Moore did not cover himself with glory for any of Walsall's goals and completed his nightmare day on 77 minutes, bringing down George Dobson for a penalty which Erhun Oztumer coolly converted.

Sheffield United could hand a debut to Joe Riley when they host Gillingham at Bramall Lane. The Manchester United youngster, who can operate in both defence and midfield, has signed a deal to join the Sky Bet League One leaders until the end of the season.

Manager Chris Wilder is hopeful left-back Daniel Lafferty is available after he missed the club's recent defeat at Walsall. Lafferty, who is on loan from Burnley, was sidelined for the game with a back problem but returned to training on Thursday and is in contention. Midfielder Samir Carruthers (knee) remains sidelined.

Gillingham will have on-loan Cardiff defender Deji Oshilaja available again following suspension. Midfielder Jake Hessenthaler missed the defeat at Oldham through illness but is expected to be back in contention for new Gills head coach Ady Pennock.

Winger Elliott List is set to retain his place in the starting XI after the 19-year-old impressed on his first appearance since November. Midfielder Lee Martin (ankle) is stepping up his rehabilitation, while defender Bradley Garmston (hamstring) and Aaron Morris (knee) also continue their recovery.

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