Sheffield United entertain AFC Fylde tomorrow looking to avoid a second successive year being knocked out of the FA Cup by non-league opposition.
Barnet were the victors last season at Bramall Lane. It was a day where Chris Wilder was left unimpressed with his squad players.
With Wilder set to make big changes to the starting XI for tomorrow, he’ll be hoping his current crop can deliver. The likes of Ravel Morrison, Jack Rodwell, and Billy Sharp will probably all get some minutes.
For Fylde, they come to Bramall Lane with three ex-Blades in the ranks. Danny Philliskirk, Andy Taylor, and Mark Yeates are all set to line up for the non-league side.
Furthermore, they will fancy their chances of nicking a result, too.
As mentioned, the Blades will make a number of changes for the tie. That could mean a debut for goalkeeper, Michael Verrips.
Jack Rodwell is also expected to make his debut. Squad players such as Ben Osborn, Phil Jagielka, and Ravel Morrison should all also play some part in the clash.
Chris Wilder has given the regular Premier League first XI the weekend off to rest.
For Fylde, they’ll bring three former Sheffield United players to Bramall Lane. Manager Jim Bentley will be hoping their experience comes in handy in what will be a stern test for his team.
Aside from those three, Lewis Montrose and Jordan Williams are among the names in the Fylde squad with EFL experience.
The Blades come into the tie on the back of two successive away losses. However, both of those defeats came at Man City and Liverpool.
Prior to that, the Blades had lost only once since September. A home loss against Newcastle being the only blotch on an impressive three month period for the club.
Fylde, meanwhile, have been a mixed bag, to say the least. They won only once in six attempts in December and have started January with a defeat against Barrow.
They did win four from six in November, though, including the win over Kingstonians to get them to Bramall Lane.