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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 Wolverhampton Wanderers 43 96
2 Brentford 43 90
3 Leyton Orient 43 80
4 Rotherham United 43 79
5 Preston North End 43 79
6 Peterborough United 43 67
7 Swindon Town 43 63
8 Port Vale 43 60
9 Sheffield United 42 59
10 Milton Keynes Dons 43 58
11 Walsall 43 57
12 Crawley Town 42 55
13 Bradford City 43 53
14 Bristol City 43 53
15 Gillingham 43 51
16 Oldham Athletic 42 50
17 Coventry City 43 49
18 Colchester United 43 46
19 Tranmere Rovers 43 46
20 Crewe Alexandra 43 46
21 Carlisle United 42 44
22 Notts County 43 43
23 Shrewsbury Town 43 41
24 Stevenage 43 39