Sheffield United take their first break from Premier League football tonight when they host Blackburn Rovers in the Carabao Cup.
Manager Chris Wilder has made just one change to his starting lineup in three league matches so far. Even then it was enforced, with Luke Freeman replacing the injured John Fleck on Saturday.
The Blades lost that match 2-1 to Leicester City. It was their first defeat since being promoted back to the top flight of English football. Prior to that they had drawn 1-1 at Bournemouth and beaten Crystal Palace 1-0 at Bramall Lane.
Wilder is expected to make several changes to his starting XI against Blackburn, though.
Sheffield United predicted lineup v Blackburn
Michael Verrips could make his first match day squad after signing from KV Mechelen this summer, but it’s likely Manchester United loanee Dean Henderson will retain the starting spot.
Ahead of him Chris Basham, John Egan and Jack O’Connell have started every game so far this season. However, Phil Jagielka has been brought off the bench since his return from Everton and replacing Basham seems the best fit.
Wilder was critical of the wing-backs for their forward play in the loss to Leicester. That’s why Kieron Freeman could come in for George Baldock in a role they largely shared on the right last term.
Enda Stevens could keep his place, although new signing Ben Osborn is a potential replacement.
In midfield it’s expected there will be big changes. John Lundstram and Oliver Norwood could get a well earned rest, giving Ravel Morrison is first opportunity to start having come off the bench for his debut at the weekend.
Alongside him Muhamed Besic – on loan from the Toffees – could make his first appearance, while Luke Freeman retains his place.
Upfront, Wilder praised both goalscorer Oli McBurnie and captain Billy Sharp when they came on as substitutes against the Foxes. With Callum Robinson and David McGoldrick having started all the matches so far, it makes sense to switch things up.
Lys Mousset could also be included on the bench.