Stoke City vs Sheffield United preview: How to watch, kick-off time, team news, predicted lineups and ones to watch
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Stoke City's season has fallen away in recent months, and the Potters now have little to play for but pride in their final eight games of the season.

Michael O'Neill's side went into the recent international break with a first win in 10 games, a 2-0 home triumph over Millwall courtesy of Jacob Brown and an own goal.

The Potters sit in 15th position in the Championship table.

Sheffield United fans have much more to be excited about as we enter the final stages of the season after their form really began to pick up following the turn of the year. 

Paul Heckingbottom has seen his team lose just two of their last 15 games, with their last game also a 2-0 win, against Barnsley with goals from Sander Berge and Morgan Gibbs-White.

The Blades are fifth in the league standings, two points inside the play-offs.

  • Team news

Stoke City

Loan defender Liam Moore will not play a part for Stoke again this season after picking up damage in his knee ligaments that will see him sidelined for eight to 10 weeks.

Jaden Philogene-Bidace is a doubt for the game, whilst Nick Powell remains sidelined with a quad injury.

Harry Souttar remains out for the rest of the season.

Sheffield United

Charlie Goode, Billy Sharp and George Baldock are all doubtful for the trip to Staffordshire.

Jayden Bogle, David McGoldrick, Rhian Brewster and Jack O'Connell all remain out for the season.

Defender Filip Uremovic is in line to be involved after joining from Rubin Kazan last week.

  • Predicted lineups

Stoke City (4-3-3)

Bonham; Wilmot, Harwood-Bellis, Jagielka, Tymon; Allen, Baker, Sawyers; Brown, Maja, Wright-Phillips.

Sheffield United (3-5-2)

Foderingham; Gordon, Egan, Robinson; Osborn, Berge, Norwood, Hourihane, Norrington-Davies; Gibbs-White, McBurnie.

  • Ones to watch

Lewis Baker

Baker arrived in Staffordshire in January, and his good form since joining has seen him win the club's Player of the Month award for February. He departed Chelsea in the window after being contracted with the club since 2014, making just two appearances in that time.

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His most notable loan spells have been at Vitesse, Reading and Trabzonspor, where he picked up a Turkish Super Cup medal in 2020. The 26-year-old has scored seven goals in his first 14 league games for Stoke, despite being employed in a holding midfield role.

Morgan Gibbs-White

22-year-old Gibbs-White joined the Blades on loan from Wolves in the summer, and has been a huge hit in South Yorkshire this season after a failed loan spell at Swansea City last campaign. 

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The attacking midfielder has played 86 times for his parent club, scoring three goals after breaking onto the scene as a 17-year-old. He has notched nine goals and seven assists in 27 league games so far.

Previous meetings

The reverse fixture saw the Blades come from behind to win 2-1 at Bramall Lane in October.

United are looking to complete a league double over Stoke for the first time since 1996/97.

Stoke have won just one of their last 11 home league games over the Blades, a 2-0 victory in March 2005.

  • How to watch

The game kicks off at 15:00 BST on Saturday April 2.

It is not available to watch in the UK but overseas supporters can purchase a live stream of the game via either club website.