Sheffield United v Norwich City: The Lowdown
PUBLISHED: 10:28 18 August 2018 | UPDATED: 14:41 18 August 2018
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Norwich City head to hostile territory at Bramall Lane - get in the mood with videos, quotes, team news and expected formations.
NORWICH TEAM NEWS
Kenny McLean is ruled out until after the international break with ankle ligament damage suffered in the midweek League Cup win over Stevenage.
There was better news for Tom Trybull, who was forced off in the same game with what Daniel Farke confirmed on Friday was a dead leg and is fit for duty. Ivo Pinto and Todd Cantwell are ruled out with illness.
Emi Buendia returned to training on Friday after the birth of his child in Spain but is not under consideration this weekend.
Marco Stiepermann took a bang on the knee in midweek but is fit for duty. Russell Martin and Nelson Oliveira remain out of favour but Mario Vrancic (pelvis), Matt Jarvis (knee) and Carlton Morris (knee) are all out longer term.
BLADES TEAM NEWS
Midfielder Mark Duffy is one of a number of players being monitored after an illness bug. David McGoldrick (dead leg) continues to be assessed.
FROM THE DUGOUT
“I appreciate his work. I think he is doing extraordinary work.
“It is always pretty annoying and difficult to play them and that is a credit to him.
“They are difficult to defend against, played a good season last season, and they have made some really good signings. I am full of respect for him, and he is pretty crucial for the Blades.
“We travel with respect for Chris and Sheffield United but we want to win the points. I am looking forward to having another drink with him after this game. A good result, and a good defensive performance, can provide momentum because Sheffield is one of the toughest places to go.
“Go there and do well and you don’t have to be scared of any team in this league,” Daniel Farke
“There was nothing personal between me and the manager. I said things from my point of view I believed were correct. Everyone has the right to do what they want.
“It was disappointing for me that we were left waiting on the pitch for 15 minutes. The referee has an obligation to get the other team out of the dressing room and not keep us standing about. There is no ill feeling or lingering situations.
“No problems between me and their manager.
“They are an established team with some good young players and they recruited well in the summer. They are a proper Championship football club,” Chris Wilder
Sheffield United (3-5-2): Henderson, Egan, Stearman, O’Connell, Freeman, Duffy, Basham, Fleck, Stevens, Clarke, Sharp.
Norwich (4-2-3-1): Krul, Marshall, Hanley, Klose, Lewis, Trybull, Tettey, Pukki, Leitner, Hernandez, Rhodes.
BY THE BOOK
Sheffield United: 21/20
(Odds provided by SkyBet)
ONE TO WATCH – BILLY SHARP
Prolific striker in the Football League who has took his tally to 65 goals in 126 appearances for the Blades in last weekend’s 2-1 league win at QPR in what is his third stint at the club. Nine professional clubs in a well-travelled career.
REFEREE – DARREN BOND
Sent off Grant Leadbitter on his last trip to Bramall Lane, in the Blades 2-1 win over Middlesbrough. Shown eight yellow cards in his first two appointments this season.