MATCH PREVIEW: Sheffield United (A)

Doncaster Rovers visit Bramall Lane on Tuesday evening, looking to build on their weekend win over Colchester United.

Sheffield United are yet to be beaten this season, winning twice in their opening 6 games.

United were founded in 1889 and were the first side to use the name ‘United’. Their home at Bramall Lane was once that of Sheffield Wednesday, yet the Blades have played here since being founded.

Former Brighton and Sheffield Wednesday player, Danny Wilson, is the current manager at United.


Sheffield United are in their second League One campaign since being relegated from the Championship at the end of the 2009/10 season. They finished in third place at the end of last season, but were beaten in the Play-Off Final against West Yorkshire side Huddersfield Town.

So far this season, United are yet to be beaten but have won only two of their 6 six games. The wins came against Shrewsbury on the opening day and Bournemouth.

After a good start to the season, Rovers fell to two straight defeats at the hands of Crawley and Yeovil. A break for the international fixtures allowed the side to regroup and prepare for their trip to Colchester. A 2-1 victory over the Essex side set Rovers up nicely for the Tuesday night fixture.

As it stands, Rovers sit in 9th position with 9 points and a game in hand over every team above them in the league. United sit in 7th spot with a one point advantage over their South Yorkshire rivals.

Team News

Billy Paynter missed out on Saturday’s game with a calf problem but it is expected that he will return tomorrow night. Neil Sullivan has also injured his calf so is a major doubt. David Syers picked up a knock against Colchester but may be fit to play.

The Man with the Whistle

Mark Haywood takes charge of tomorrow’s South Yorkshire derby. Haywood was in charge of Rovers last when they faced Barnsley at the Keepmoat in January 2011. The game finished 2-0 to visitors and the referee showed 2 yellow cards.

His last meeting with Sheffield United came in their Johnstone’s Paint Trophy defeat against Bradford City.

Ticket Information

Tickets are currently on sale at the Keepmoat Stadium ticket office. They are priced as follows;

  • Adults – £24
  • Senior Citizen (60+) – £18.50
  • Student (with valid NUS card) – £18.50
  • Junior (16-20) – £18.50
  • 15 and under – £13
  • Ambulant/Wheelchair disabled + Carer – £18.50 (Limited)

Tickets will be taken off sale at 2pm on the day of the game.

Getting There

Sat Nav Postcode – S2 4SU.

Directions from the Keepmoat Stadium.

The railway station is a 10-15 minute walk from the ground.


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