Sheffield United will put their Premier League woes to one side when they host Bristol City in the FA Cup fifth-round on Wednesday at 7:30pm (UK time).
The Blades are rock-bottom of the table after winning just three of their 23 games so far while a poor run of form has seen Bristol slip to 10th in the Championship, six points adrift of the playoff places.
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Where to watch Sheffield Utd vs Bristol City on TV:
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- US: ESPN+
Scoreline prediction: Sheffield United 1-2 Bristol City
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Sheffield Utd vs Bristol City build-up, previous line-ups & injury news:
Despite enduring such a poor run of form in the Premier League, Sheffield United have so far made it unscathed in the FA Cup, just about. The Blades have only faced League One opposition to this point, but have had to work hard to earn 3-2 and 2-1 victories over Bristol Rovers and Plymouth Argyle, respectively.
Bristol City, meanwhile, have lost their last three Championship games but have looked rather comfortable in the FA Cup, beating Portsmouth 2-1 in the third round before cruising past Millwall 3-0 in round four. Can the Robins succeed where their Bristol rivals couldn’t by dumping Sheffield United out of the cup?
- Sheffield Utd (vs Chelsea): Ramsdale; Basham, Egan, Bryan; Bogle, Lundstram, Norwood, Fleck, Lowe; Burke, McBurnie.
- Bristol City (vs Cardiff): Bentley; Hunt, Kalas, Mawson, Mariappa; Massengo, Williams, Lansbury; Wells, Diedhiou, Semenyo.
Jack O’Connell, Sander Berge and Jack Robinson are all out for the Blades, but Wilder can welcome back Ethan Ampadu, who was unable to play against his parent club, Chelsea, at the weekend. George Baldock, Lys Mousset and Enda Stevens are doubts.
Bristol City will be without Andreas Weimann, Jay Dasilva, Callum O’Dowda and Tommy Rowe due to injury on Wednesday.
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Players to watch:
- Sheffield United: Chris Wilder’s men have been painfully dull going forward this season but one man who has hit a bit of form is veteran striker, Billy Sharp. Although used sparingly, the 35-year-old has popped up with four goals and an assist in his last nine appearances across all competitions, including one of each in the Blades’ 2-1 win over Plymouth in the previous round. Sharp’s three Premier League strikes place him behind only David McGoldrick (5) as Sheffield United’s top scorer in the competition, illustrating just how much Wilder is struggling for a regular threat in the final third. Can Sharp gather more momentum against Championship opposition?
- Bristol City: Despite Sheffield United’s struggles, they’ll still head into this tie as the favourites given their Premier League status, so a big defensive performance will be needed from Dean Holden’s men, especially in light of their poor recent form. Just as he has done in the Championship, Tomas Kalas will likely be the man marshalling the Robins’ backline on Wednesday. The former Chelsea centre-back is first among Bristol City players when it comes to clearances (107) and shots blocked (36), while he’s second only to Chris Martin (109) for aerial duels won (101). During his time with Chelsea, the 22-time Czech Republic international trained and played alongside the likes of Samuel Eto’o, Fernando Torres and Eden Hazard, which is invaluable experience to call upon in an FA Cup game against top-flight opposition.
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