Stevenage v Sheff Utd preview

Team news for Friday night's League One play-off semi-final first leg between Stevenage and Sheffield United.

Last Updated: 11/05/12 at 12:36

Beattie: Suspended after this red card

Beattie: Suspended after this red card

More of the games that matter

Upgrade in minutes or watch with a NOW TV Day Pass.

United will be without the suspended striker James Beattie.

Beattie was dismissed in last week's 2-2 draw with Exeter for a two-footed lunge and, with the club opting not to appeal the decision, he was handed a four-match ban.

With the prolific Ched Evans now out of the picture, boss Danny Wilson looks set to go with Chris Porter and Richard Cresswell in attack, with the latter continuing to play on despite a shoulder injury.

Wilson said: "We haven't got everybody 100% fit, but we have got players willing to play no matter what. We have to make sure they're able to compete against a team that will be very committed against us."

Stephen Quinn started on the substitutes' bench against Exeter, but Wilson may want his creativity back in the side.

Several players are expected to play with knocks and niggles, while Nick Montgomery is in contention following his recovery from a calf injury, which cut short his loan spell at Millwall, though the tough-tackling midfielder is unlikely to start.

Stevenage boss Gary Smith has no new injury or suspension concerns.

He tinkered with a line-up which had remained unchanged for the club's previous four games as they saw off Bury 3-0 on the final day of the season to clinch sixth spot.

Craig Reid came in for Robin Shroot in attack and duly bagged the opening goal, meaning Smith is likely to keep faith with the same XI at Broadhall Way.

Shroot is likely to have to make do with a place on the bench, alongside Chris Beardsley.

Stevenage go into the game having tasted defeat just once in their last 16 games and having taken four points off the Blades this season, including a 2-2 draw at Bramall Lane two weeks ago after taking a two-nil lead.

Football365 Facebook Fan Page

The Football365 fan page is a great place to meet like minded people, have football related discussions and make new friends.

League One Fixtures

Tuesday, 21 April 2015
19:45
MK Dons v Doncaster  
Notts Co v Preston  
Rochdale v Leyton Or  
Scunthorpe v Bradford  
Swindon v Walsall  
Saturday, 25 April 2015
15:00
Bradford v Barnsley  
Chesterfld v Bristol C  
Coventry v Crewe  
Fleetwood v Colchester  
Leyton Or v Sheff Utd  

Footer 365

Everton 1-0 Swansea: Roberto Martinez insists Romelu Lukaku is the club's designated penalty taker

Everton boss Roberto Martinez insisted Romelu Lukaku is the only penalty taker after his side's 1-0 win over Burnley.

Reading 1-2 Arsenal: Adam Federici's extra-time gaffe sends Arsenal to FA Cup final

Adam Federici's extra-time error gifted Arsenal a 2-1 victory over Reading and a place in the FA Cup final.

Chelsea 1-0 Manchester United: Eden Hazard winner sends Blues 10 points clear

Eden Hazard scored the only goal as Chelsea beat Manchester United 1-0 to move 10 points clear at the top of the table.

Mail Box

Wenger's Titles Down To United Woes...

Well, it's certainly one theory. Man United fans are out in force - decrying Wenger and defending FFP. We have mails on Coquelin, Coutinho and Mediawatch...

Mailbox: The Pros And Cons Of FFP

The mailbox has gone a little bit serious as they debate the pros and cons of FFP. Does it create a closed shop or opportunity? Plus, POTY nominations and...

© 2015 Sky Ltd. All Rights Reserved A Sky Sports Digital Media company