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Doyle and Arblaster start: How Sheffield United could line up against Cardiff City today

Sheffield United face Cardiff City in their final game before the World Cup break and Paul Heckingbottom will be desperate for three points.

The Blades boss saw a golden chance to go top blown against Rotherham in midweek. The Millers turned United over with relative ease as the Blades appeared to run out of steam.

But with just one game to go and a place in the top two up for grabs, United’s players will be desperate to finish on a high.

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The Blades head into yet another fixture with a number of headaches. The game against Rotherham saw a number of players pick up more niggles.

In defence, Anel Ahmedhodzic was ill but will hope to feature with Chris Basham on standby. Jack Robinson made another mistake, meaning Ciaran Clark might be called upon instead.

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John Fleck took a blow to the shin and is doubtful in midfield. In his place, Tommy Doyle will hope to return against his former club, while Oliver Arblaster is pushing for minutes after being involved lately. James McAtee is also an option after getting through 60 minutes in midweek.

Up front, Oli McBurnie rolled his ankle but the striker believes he’ll be fine. Reda Khadra might hope to get some minutes, while Iliman Ndiaye will have the World Cup in the back of his mind after being picked by Senegal.

Predicted Sheffield United XI

We think today is a chance for Heckingbottom to freshen things up. Robinson looked well off it against Rotherham while Ben Osborn in midfield isn’t bringing enough to the table.

With that in mind, we think the middle of the park will see changes with Fleck not risked. Doyle will return if fit, while we think Arblaster might be in line for a first start.

Here, then, is our predicted Sheffield United XI ahead of the clash with Cardiff City today.

Sheffield United v Cardiff Predicted XI
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