Sheffield United vs Middlesbrough preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
Sheffield United's Ben Osborn battles for possession with Middlesbrough's Marcus Tavernier during the Sky Bet Championship match between Middlesbrough and Sheffield United at the Riverside Stadium, Middlesbrough on Tuesday 28th September 2021. (Photo by Mark Fletcher/MI News/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Sheffield United welcome Middlesbrough and former boss Chris Wilder to Bramall Lane for a rescheduled Championship clash that holds high significance at the top end of the table.

A 95th minute Ryan Yates equaliser cancelled out Billy Sharp's goal last time out for Sheffield United against Nottingham Forest, leaving the Blades just outside the play-offs in seventh, one place below Middlesbrough who currently sit just inside the top six.

For Middlesbrough, their Sheffield-born manager, Chris Wilder, returns to his former club as an opposition manager for the first time since he left the club. The improvement has been clear since Wilder arrived, taking the North Yorkshire club from 15th to sixth in his 17 games in charge.

Teams news

Sheffield United will play this contest with an extensive injury list that includes Rhian Brewster, David McGoldrick, Chris Basham, Jack O'Connell, Jayden Bogle and Enda Stevens. However, United were boosted with the return of Ben Osborn against Nottingham Forest, who came on in the 67th minute and put in a shift that will have pleased Blades fans.

Paul Heckingbottom will also be hoping that his plans for the visit of Middlesbrough are boosted by the return of George Baldock who missed Friday night's draw with Nottingham Forest with a knee injury.

Blades defender Charlie Goode will serve his third and final match ban after a straight red card against Blackburn Rovers.

For Middlesbrough, Martin Payero remains the only short-term injury with Darnell Fisher and Sammy Ameobi set to be out for the remainder of the season.

With Aaron Connolly and Riley McGree both training on Friday but only Connolly getting minutes last time out against Luton Town, Wilder will be hoping that McGree will be fit enough to return for this fixture.

Boro were also boosted by the return of Marc Bola in the FA Cup but is yet to appear in the Championship since returning from injury.

Predicted lineups

Sheffield United: Foderingham, Robinson, Egan, Davies; Norrington-Davies, Fleck, Norwood, Seriki; Gibbs-White, Berge, Sharp

Middlesbrough: Lumley, McNair, Fry, Dijksteel; Taylor, Tavernier, Howson, Crooks, Jones; Connolly, Balogun

Ones to watch

Billy Sharp

The all-time record goalscorer in the Championship will have been frustrated to have seen his goal cancelled out against Forest on the weekend and will be looking to add to his goal tally with a win during this fixture.

Duncan Watmore

Duncan Watmore has scored the game-winner in four of his five goal scoring appearances this season in the Championship and will be looking to add to that statistic against Sheffield United.

Previous meetings

The last time these two sides faced was in September at the Riverside Stadium, where Duncan Watmore and Paddy McNair netted in the first half to seal a 2-0 win for Boro.

How to watch

The match is on Tuesday, March 8, and will kick off at 19:45 GMT. Coverage of the game will be available on Sky Sports Football Red Button.

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