Sheff Utd v Bournemouth preview

Date published: Monday 24th August 2015 1:47

Sheff Utd v Bournemouth preview

Sheffield United’s automatic promotion push will not be hindered by any new injury or suspension problems.
Manager Danny Wilson is expected to select his starting line-up from an unchanged squad as the Blades bid to increase their two-point advantage over third-placed city rivals Sheffield Wednesday.
Striker Richard Cresswell was given the all-clear to start in last week’s win at Hartlepool with a broken nose and although he was replaced by on-loan winger Michael O’Halloran for the last 15 minutes, he is expected to start alongside leading Championship goalscorer Ched Evans.
Harry Maguire was back in central defence at Hartlepool following a virus and is likely to resume his partnership with Neill Collins.
Strikers Will Hoskins and James Beattie provide Wilson with alternative options up front should he require them, while O’Halloran, on loan from Bolton, is pushing for his first start after two substitute appearances.
Bournemouth will continue to be without Matt Tubbs for their trip.
The striker, who has missed the Cherries’ last five matches, underwent an operation on his hamstring during the week and, while the procedure was successful, the club’s record signing has been ruled out for the remainder of the campaign.
Caretaker manager Paul Groves will also be unable to call on Charlie Daniels, whose recovery from a broken bone in his foot is progressing well although the visit to Bramall Lane comes too soon for the defender to make his comeback.
Charlie Sheringham (foot) will remain sidelined for the rest of the term while Stephen Purches (double leg break) is targeting a return to fitness in January next year.

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