Sheff Utd v Doncaster

02 October 2009 01:09
Coca Cola Championship Venue: Bramall Lane Date: Saturday, 3 October 2009 Kick-off: 1500 BST Coverage: BBC Sport website, BBC Radio 5 live, BBC local radio, Final Score & highlights on The Football League Show TEAM NEWS Sheffield United are without striker Jamie Ward (hamstring) and defender Gary Naysmith (knee), while Matt Killgallon (ankle) is a major doubt. The knee injury Keith Treacy picked up against Ipswich is not as bad as first thought and he may yet feature. Doncaster cannot include on-loan United striker Billy Sharp, as he is not eligible to play against the Blades. Jason Shackell returned to training this week, but James Coppinger and Adam Lockwood both face late fitness tests. MATCH PREVIEW Doncaster are in the middle of a daunting schedule of three Yorkshire derbies within the space of three weeks. After drawing at Scunthorpe last weekend, their meeting with the Blades is followed by a home game with Barnsley next Saturday. Rovers fans make the 21-mile trip to Bramall Lane with last season's 1-0 win still fresh in their minds. James O'Connor's winner at the beginning of 2009 was their first ever away victory over United at the 10th time of asking. 606: DEBATE Have your say on this match Sheffield United skipper Chris Morgan was quick to praise the togetherness of the squad after scoring the Blades' injury-time equaliser against Ipswich midweek. Morgan believes their willingness to fight for each other bodes well as the Championship table starts to take shape. The Blades are this week mourning the death of former matchday announcer Dave Kilner after a period of illness. He became synonymous with United over three decades, with corporate director Andy Daykin describing him as "one of the voices" of the club. MATCH FACTS Head-to-head • Last season's two league meetings were the first between the South Yorkshire clubs for 26 years. Both matches were won by the away side. Sheffield United • The Blades last-minute equaliser against Ipswich maintained their unbeaten home league start to the season. • There have been more goals scored (30) at Bramall Lane than any other Championship ground this season. Fifteen of those have been in United's last three home games. • United have scored in all of their last 10 fixtures in all competitions. The only team to deny Kevin Blackwell's side a goal were Middlesbrough in the season opener. Doncaster • Rovers are the Championships 'draw specialist' with seven of their 10 league matches ending all-square, including each of their last three. • Doncaster's only success away from home this season came in the League Cup at Notts County in August. • Paul Heffernan could feature in his 150th appearance for Doncaster, while if selected Jason Shackell will make his 150th club career start.

Source: BBC_Sport