Sheffield United return to Championship action this evening when they travel to struggling Reading.

Their hosts are outside the relegation zone on goal difference alone and this week sacked manager Paul Clement.

The Blades are on the back of a 1-0 home defeat to Leeds United and just one win in their last five matches.

Therefore Chris Wilder has some important decisions to make in his selection to try and secure three points.

Sheffield United team

Dean Henderson was left red-faced against Leeds as his scuffed pass allowed Pablo Hernandez to score the winner.

However, arguably John Egan was as much at fault for his back pass and Henderson has mostly been excellent this season.

Wilder is also not one to drop someone based on a genuine mistake, but the goalkeeper cannot afford to do it again.

Until that gaffe United had kept a resurgent Whites team under Marcelo Bielsa at bay. The defence, featuring the aforementioned Egan, was resolute.

With Chris Basham and Jack O’Connell pushing forwards either side of him, the back three is likely to remain the same.

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If fit George Baldock would have probably come in for Kieron Freeman at Brentford and duly did so against Leeds. The right-back was also put up for pre-match media duties which is generally a giveaway.

On the other side Enda Stevens should retain his place as left wing-back.

In central midfield, Oliver Norwood has been a revelation since his arrival from Brighton and Hove Albion. However, John Fleck has not been at the same level in recent times. Paul Coutts is probably too similar a player to Norwood to operate alongside him, so perhaps it could be a rare opportunity for John Lundstram in the middle.

Ahead of them Mark Duffy should continue to be the lynchpin, while Wilder has more decisions upfront with Leon Clarke injured.

The Blades boss has bemoaned his team missing chances recently and while a hard worker, that has largely come from David McGoldrick. Which is why Conor Washington could get a rare start alongside Billy Sharp in attack.

GK – Dean Henderson

RCB – Chris Basham

CB – John Egan

LCB – Jack O’Connell

RWB – George Baldock

RCM – John Lundstram

LCM – Oliver Norwood

LWB – Enda Stevens

CAM – Mark Duffy

RS – Conor Washington

LS – Billy Sharp

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