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Match Preview – Sheff Utd vs QPR

Last Updated: 11/01/19 12:16pm

Chris Wilder could hand league debuts to Kieran Dowell and Gary Madine

Chris Wilder could hand league debuts to Kieran Dowell and Gary Madine

Chris Wilder could hand league debuts to Kieran Dowell and Gary Madine

Sheffield United pair Kieran Dowell and Gary Madine could make their league debuts in the home game against QPR.

England Under-21 midfielder Dowell started in last week’s FA Cup defeat to Barnet after joining on loan until the end of the season from Everton, while striker Madine arrived this week in a similar deal from Cardiff.

Boss Chris Wilder, who has no new injury concerns, made 10 changes for his side’s shock home defeat to Barnet and will revert back to his strongest line-up. The likes of Billy Sharp, John Egan, Oliver Norwood, John Fleck and Mark Duffy are all expected to return..

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QPR manager Steve McClaren has a strong squad to choose from for the trip to Bramall Lane. McClaren was impressed by the performances of the likes of Matt Ingram, Grant Hall, Darnell Furlong, Aramide Oteh and Bright Osayi-Samuel during the FA Cup win over Leeds.

And the former England boss must decide whether they have done enough to keep their place in the side against the Blades. Angel Rangel, Geoff Cameron and Tomer Hemed remain sidelined through injury, while Massimo Luongo is on international duty with Australia.

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Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Wigan and Sheffield Utd.

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Wigan and Sheffield Utd.

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Sheffield United are looking to win three straight league games over QPR for the first time since April 2005.

After emerging victorious at Bramall Lane just twice in their first 18 league visits, Queens Park Rangers have won on two of their last six such trips (D1 L3).

Sheffield United have not won three successive Championship matches at home since March 2018, a run which included a 2-1 victory over QPR.

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QPR have won 16 points in 13 away games this season – one more than they registered in the whole of 2017-18 (15 in 23).

QPR striker Nahki Wells scored a brace in his only other league appearance against Sheffield United, netting both goals in a 2-0 victory for Bradford back in August 2013.

No player has scored more headed goals in the Championship this season than Sheffield United striker Billy Sharp (five – alongside Tammy Abraham).

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Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and QPR.

Highlights of the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and QPR.

Prutton’s prediction

Sheffield United are here to stay in the top-six battle. Last year they slumped badly at the midway point but they have won their last three in a row.

QPR are also unbeaten in five and look set for an unlikely promotion push. They got a good draw at Aston Villa last time out and then beat Leeds in the FA Cup, but I think the Blades will be too strong for them at Bramall Lane.

David Prutton predicts: 2-0 (13/2 with Sky Bet)

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