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Since Paul Heckingbottom took over from Slavisa Jokanovic at the end of November, Sheffield United have only lost once in 14 matches in the league, currently on a seven-game unbeaten run also.
Saturday’s hosts have had less rest time ahead of this weekend’s encounter, having welcomed Hull City to Bramall Lane on Tuesday evening, when they had to settle for a goalless draw.
Heckingbottom would have come away from that match disappointed that his side did not take all three points after dominating the game in terms of possession and chances, but they were not effective enough in the final third.
The Blades’ defensive record is strong on home soil, having conceded just 11 goals in 13 matches, which could be important for Sheffield United this weekend to then go on to claim all three points.
Victory on Saturday may be enough to lift the Blades into the top six, and achieving that as soon as possible is likely to help their quest to secure a playoff position in May.
Strikers David McGoldrick and Rhian Brewster will both remain absent from the Blades’ squad due to injuries, while defender Jack O’Connell, who has not managed to feature this season, will also continue to be sidelined due to a knee injury.
The hosts will set up in a 3-4-1-2 formation, with Chris Basham, John Egan and Jack Robinson making up the defensive trio, while Rhys Norrington-Davies and George Baldock will provide the width from their wing-back roles.
Morgan Gibbs-White, Conor Hourihane and Oli McBurnie are all set to face their former club, and the trio are expected to start on Saturday and provide a big attacking threat for the hosts.
Swansea centre-back Ryan Bennett is available for selection following his one-match suspension after receiving a red card against Stoke, but Manchester City loanee Finley Burns could keep Bennett out of the side after making his debut against Bristol on Sunday.
Kyle Naughton has not featured since the beginning of this month and he will remain absent, along with new signing Nathanael Ogbeta, who is yet to make an appearance for the Swans.
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Striker Piroe ended his seven-game goal drought by netting last time out, and he is likely to be named in the starting 11, with Obafemi also expected to start up front for the visitors.
Sheffield United possible starting lineup:
Foderingham; Robinson, Egan, Basham; Norrington-Davies, Hourihane, Norwood, Baldock; Ndiaye, Gibbs-White; McBurnie
Swansea City possible starting lineup:
Fisher; Burns, Cabango, Manning; Wolf, Grimes, Downes, Christie; Paterson, Piroe; Obafemi