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Team news ahead of Saturday's League One clash between Preston and Sheffield United at Deepdale.

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Miller (r): In contention for United

Miller (r): In contention for United

Graham Westley has no new injury problems as Preston prepare to welcome Sheffield United.

United are unbeaten in League One this season but lie only four points ahead of North End after conceding an equaliser deep into stoppage time against Oldham last weekend.

The Lilywhites also took a point from their last encounter, the goalless televised draw with MK Dons, and Westley - whose squad came through that 90 minutes unscathed - is relishing the challenge of adding another big-name scalp to an impressive list at Deepdale this season.

"It's mouth-watering from our point of view," he told the club's official website. "This season it has been a tough place for teams to come through.

"Championship sides like Huddersfield and Palace have pitched up and got beaten and if you look at their form in the Championship, you don't get sides like that getting dominated for no reason. They got dominated because our players took them to task, used our pitch well, used our environment well and the fans were brilliant in supporting the team."

Striker Lee Trundle remains on the sidelines with the knee injury he sustained at Morecambe in pre-season alongside fellow long-term absentee Lee Holmes (gashed leg).

Sheffield United strikers Shaun Miller and Chris Porter may have played themselves into contention.

Summer signing Miller, yet to start a league game for the Blades, scored twice in the 4-1 midweek Johnstone's Paint Trophy win at Notts County alongside Porter, who was equally as impressive.

Manager Danny Wilson made five changes in midweek, with Miller, Porter, defender Darryl Westlake, plus midfield pair Matty Harriott and Jordan Chapell all starting.

But first-choice players Tony McMahon, Dave Kitson, John Cofie, Nick Blackman and Neil McDonald will all be expecting to return to the starting line-up.

Centre-half Neill Collins is also back in contention to face his former club following a toe infection, while another defender, Lecsinel Jean-Francois, played for 15 minutes at Notts County in his first appearance of the season and could be included in the squad after a long-term knee injury.

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League One Fixtures

Friday, 25 April 2014
20:00
Port Vale v Sheff Utd
Saturday, 26 April 2014
15:00
Bradford v Crawley  
Bristol C v Crewe  
Carlisle v Oldham  
Colchester v Brentford  
Coventry v Wolves  
Leyton Or v Tranmere  
Notts Co v Swindon  
Preston v Gillingham  
Rotherham v MK Dons  

Sky Bet League 1

Position Team P GD PTS
1 Wolves 44 55 99
2 Brentford 44 30 91
3 Rotherham 44 27 82
4 Preston 44 25 82
5 Leyton Or 44 36 80
6 Peterboro 44 12 70
7 Swindon 44 7 66
8 Sheff Utd 43 0 60
9 Port Vale 44 -13 60
10 MK Dons 44 0 59
11 Walsall 44 2 58
12 Bristol C 44 3 56
13 Crawley 43 -5 55
14 Bradford 44 1 53
15 Gillingham 44 -17 52
16 Oldham 43 -10 51
17 Coventry 44 -2 50
18 Colchester 44 -12 47
19 Tranmere 44 -24 47
20 Crewe 44 -27 47
21 Notts Co 44 -15 46
22 Carlisle 43 -29 44
23 Shrewsbury 44 -19 41
24 Stevenage 44 -25 39

Updated Mon, 21 Apr 2014

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