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Bramall Lane (ATT 17,444) 17th March 2012 - Kick off 15:00 Ref: M Heywood

Sheff Utd Sheffield United vs Tranmere Rovers Tranmere

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Wilson: More options at the back

Wilson: More options at the back

Team news for Saturday's League One clash between Sheffield United and Tranmere at Bramall Lane.

Sheffield United defenders Neill Collins and Andy Taylor could be back in contention.

Collins has missed the last four games due to personal reasons but was back in full training this week, while Taylor, rested after recently returning to action following a 14-month knee injury lay-off, provides manager Danny Wilson with another defensive option.

Lecsinel Jean-Francois is unavailable after sustaining a season-ending knee injury earlier this month, while midfielder Kevin McDonald is still struggling with a hamstring problem.

Wilson, who has no new injury or suspension problems, must decide whether to retain Chris Porter up front alongside leading goalscorer Ched Evans, or recall one of either Richard Cresswell or James Beattie, who both started the midweek draw at Colchester on the substitutes' bench.

The Blades are two points ahead of third-placed Sheffield Wednesday and five better off than Huddersfield in the race for automatic promotion.

Tranmere manager Ronnie Moore has no new injury worries.

Moore has enjoyed a fairytale start to his third spell in charge at Prenton Park by taking seven points from a possible nine in three consecutive home games to steer Rovers away from trouble at the wrong end of League One.

Enoch Showunmi and Andy Robinson were both on target in the back-to-back wins over Leyton Orient and Preston and are expected to continue their successful returns from respective leg and knee problems at Bramall Lane.

Moore could well name an unchanged side against Danny Wilson's men, although midfielder Robbie Weir and full-back Zoumana Bakayogo pushed their claims in the 3-0 reserve victory over Macclesfield on Wednesday.

Adam McGurk (broken cheekbone), Mark McChrystal (hernia) and Martin Devaney (hamstring) remain on the sidelines.

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Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Bristol City 46 99
2 Milton Keynes Dons 46 91
3 Preston North End 46 89
4 Swindon Town 46 79
5 Sheffield United 46 71
6 Chesterfield 46 69
7 Bradford City 46 65
8 Rochdale 46 63
9 Peterborough United 46 63
10 Fleetwood Town 46 63
11 Barnsley 46 62
12 Gillingham 46 62
13 Doncaster Rovers 46 61
14 Walsall 46 59
15 Oldham Athletic 46 57
16 Scunthorpe United 46 56
17 Coventry City 46 55
18 Port Vale 46 54
19 Colchester United 46 52
20 Crewe Alexandra 46 52
21 Notts County 46 50
22 Crawley Town 46 50
23 Leyton Orient 46 49
24 Yeovil Town 46 40