Select a Team

Sky Bet League 1

Bramall Lane (ATT 18,946) 29th October 2012 - Kick off 19:45 Ref: M Russell

Sheff Utd Sheffield United vs Portsmouth Portsmouth

Sheff Utd 1

N Blackman (pen 66)

ft

Sky Sports 1 HD

Sheff Utd v Portsmouth preview

Last Updated: 26/10/12 12:03pm

  • Share:
Collins: Could return

Collins: Could return

Team news ahead of Monday night's League One clash between Sheffield United and Portsmouth at Bramall Lane.

Neill Collins could return to Sheffield United's starting line-up.

The centre-half was an unused substitute in the midweek win over Walsall at Bramall Lane following his recovery from an infected toe, as manager Danny Wilson kept faith with Matt Hill and Harry Maguire at the heart of defence, but the Scot is pressing for a recall.

Wilson has no new injury or suspension problems and will select his side from an unchanged squad.

George Long will continue in goal in the continued absence of Mark Howard (thigh) after another impressive display on Tuesday night, while strikers John Cofie, Shaun Miller and Chris Porter, plus veteran Richard Cresswell, all provide Wilson with alternative attacking options.

The Blades will be looking to stretch their unbeaten start to the season to 15 league matches.

Portsmouth manager Michael Appleton hopes the potent strike partnership of Izale McLeod and on-loan Wes Thomas return to the goal trail.

The pair had a rare off-night in Tuesday's 2-1 defeat at promotion hopefuls Stevenage but will get the nod against the Blades.

Left-back Carl Dickinson is expected to retain his place after making his second debut for Pompey in Tuesday's loss after arriving on loan from Watford. Adam Webster is back in contention after missing the Stevenage clash after being called up to the England Under-18 squad to face Italy on Wednesday.

Appleton is unable to call upon teenager Jordan Obita, with the on-loan forward having been recalled by Reading this week after two months at Fratton Park. And Darel Russell is still struggling with the hamstring injury that has forced him to miss Pompey's last six matches.

Appleton is weighing up sending out fringe players on loan in a bid to increase his squad options. As it stands, Pompey are at the maximum 20-player limit imposed on them by the Football League for being in administration.

  • Share:

Matches

Table

Sky Bet League 1

Sky Bet League 1
Pos Team P Pts
1 Wolverhampton Wanderers 42 93
2 Brentford 42 87
3 Leyton Orient 42 80
4 Rotherham United 42 79
5 Preston North End 42 79
6 Peterborough United 42 67
7 Swindon Town 42 60
8 Milton Keynes Dons 42 58
9 Port Vale 42 57
10 Walsall 42 56
11 Sheffield United 41 56
12 Crawley Town 41 52
13 Bradford City 42 50
14 Bristol City 42 50
15 Coventry City 42 49
16 Gillingham 42 48
17 Oldham Athletic 41 47
18 Colchester United 42 46
19 Tranmere Rovers 42 46
20 Notts County 42 43
21 Carlisle United 41 43
22 Crewe Alexandra 42 43
23 Shrewsbury Town 42 41
24 Stevenage 42 39