Sheff Utd V Bradford at Bramall Lane : Match Preview

17 January 2014 09:01
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Paynter eyeing first start

Billy Paynter is hoping to make his full debut for Sheffield United against former club Bradford.

The 29-year-old striker appeared as a second-half substitute in last week's defeat at Notts County and manager Nigel Clough must decide whether to include him in his starting line-up.

Clough, who has no new injury or suspension problems, may keep faith with the same formation and so retain Chris Porter up front alongside Jose Baxter, while winger Jamie Murphy is pushing for a recall.

The Blades have lost their last two league games and sit one point above the relegation zone.

Bradford's new signing Aaron McLean is expected to make his debut.

McLean, who has signed a two-and-half year deal, could go straight into the starting line-up alongside James Hanson as teenager Ollie McBurnie is struggling with a hamstring strain and Andy Gray is only just returning to fitness following a severe dead-leg injury.

Midfield pair Nathan Doyle (groin/hip) and Ricky Ravenhill (ankle) both missed last week's home draw with Bristol City and face late fitness tests.

James Meredith will be out for six weeks after breaking a bone in his foot and fellow defender Andrew Davies, sidelined since October due to a knee injury, has targeted a return to action next month.

Source: PA

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