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Heading into the new year, everything was going swimmingly for Sheffield United under Paul Heckingbottom with three successive wins being recorded in the Championship.
However, the Blades have performed below par during defeats at Wolverhampton Wanderers and Derby County, leaving them out of the FA Cup and in 14th position in the second tier.
With several matches in hand, the situation is retrievable with several players also due to make returns over the coming weeks, but Heckingbottom needs his side to rediscover their previous level sooner rather than later.
They now sit 10 points adrift of in-form Middlesbrough, who sit in sixth position, with 267 minutes having passed since their last goal at leaders Fulham on December 20.
Sheffield United have negative memories of their last meeting with Preston, the visitors twice coming from behind to eventually seal a 2-2 draw at Bramall Lane.
Having suggested that he was pleased with Preston’s performance against Blues, Lowe may be willing to select the same team for this contest.
However, the quick turnaround could also tempt him into introducing fresh legs, with Tom Barkhuizen, Sean Maguire and Alistair McCann all options for Lowe.
While the injured Morgan Gibbs-White is expected to remain absent for Sheffield United, changes are inevitable after their display at Pride Park.
Conor Hourihane should return in midfield, while Rhian Brewster may be preferred to Billy Sharp who was ineffective versus the Rams.
Ben Osborn could also feature down the left flank, taking the spot of Rhys Norrington-Davies.
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Preston North End possible starting lineup:
Iversen; Van den Berg, Bauer, Hughes; Potts, Browne, Whiteman, Cunningham; Johnson; Evans, Riis Jakobsen
Sheffield United possible starting lineup:
Foderingham; Basham, Egan, Robinson; Bogle, Hourihane, Norwood, Osborn; McGoldrick, Ndiaye; Brewster