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Team news for Saturday's League One play-off final between Huddersfield and Sheffield United at Wembley (kick-off 3pm).

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Cresswell: Hopes to play

Cresswell: Hopes to play

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Sheffield United's injured pair Richard Cresswell and Kevin McDonald both hope to be in contention for Saturday's npower League One play-off final against Huddersfield at Wembley.

Cresswell, who has struggled with a shoulder problem in recent weeks, missed the second leg of the Blades' 1-0 semi-final win over Stevenage due to an eye infection understood to have been caused by his contact lenses.

The striker could make his 100th start for the club if he is passed fit and will be looking to notch his 11th goal of the season, while manager Danny Wilson must decide whether to start with him alongside Chris Porter.

Midfielder McDonald aggravated the hamstring that kept him out for seven matches in February and March and was withdrawn during half-time in the second leg against Stevenage.

The Scot has responded well to treatment and will be given until the last minute, but if he fails to make it Nick Montgomery will return to the starting line-up.

The Blades are bidding for their first play-off final success after losing their previous three to Crystal Palace (1-0) in 1997, Wolves (3-0) in 2003 and Burnley (1-0) in 2009.

Meanwhile, Huddersfield midfielder Scott Arfield appears set to return to contention for this crucial clash, but goalkeeper Ian Bennett is struggling.

Arfield missed the return leg of Huddersfield's semi-final win over MK Dons due to an ankle problem, while Bennett injured his hand in the same match and was replaced by Alex Smithies, who is likely to continue in goal.

Manager Simon Grayson has no other injury or suspension problems and is unlikely to make any unforced changes to the side that started against the Dons.

Skipper Peter Clarke is expected to continue alongside Sean Morrison in central defence, with Tommy Miller and Damien Johnson in central midfield, Danny Ward and Kallum Higginbotham on the wings and 40-goal striker Jordan Rhodes continuing his partnership with Lee Novak up front.

Huddersfield lost 3-0 to Peterborough in the League One play-off final at Old Trafford last year and were knocked out at the semi-final stage by Millwall in the previous season's play-offs.

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League One Fixtures

Saturday, 09 August 2014
12:15
Sheff Utd v Bristol C  
15:00
Barnsley v Crawley  
Bradford v Coventry  
Colchester v Oldham  
Fleetwood v Crewe  
Leyton Or v Chesterfld  
MK Dons v Gillingham  
Port Vale v Walsall  
Preston v Notts Co  
Rochdale v Peterboro  

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Barnsley 0 0 0
2 Bradford 0 0 0
3 Bristol C 0 0 0
4 Chesterfld 0 0 0
5 Colchester 0 0 0
6 Coventry 0 0 0
7 Crawley 0 0 0
8 Crewe 0 0 0
9 Doncaster 0 0 0
10 Fleetwood 0 0 0
11 Gillingham 0 0 0
12 Leyton Or 0 0 0
13 MK Dons 0 0 0
14 Notts Co 0 0 0
15 Oldham 0 0 0
16 Peterboro 0 0 0
17 Port Vale 0 0 0
18 Preston 0 0 0
19 Rochdale 0 0 0
20 Scunthorpe 0 0 0
21 Sheff Utd 0 0 0
22 Swindon 0 0 0
23 Walsall 0 0 0
24 Yeovil 0 0 0

Updated Wed, 09 Jul 2014

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