Sheffield United v Preston team news and predicted XI as Olsen and Davies return

Sheffield United will hope to follow up their hammering of Peterborough United on Saturday with a win against Preston North End this evening.

Bramall Lane will be buzzing at the thought of a Tuesday night under the lights against the Lancashire outfit. The win on Saturday has given the club a new found belief, and manager Slavisa Jokanovic will be keen to keep the momentum going.

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Here, we’ve got all the Sheffield United v Preston team news, injuries, head to head info, and even our predicted Blades XI all for you to peruse.

Sheffield United v Preston Team News

Blades boss Jokanovic admitted yesterday he has all 25 players available to him this evening. Although, there remains a question mark over the availability of Robin Olsen, who left quarantine yesterday we believe.

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Ben Davies should come back into the XI to face his former club in place of Jack Robinson, too. In terms of the rest, Jokanovic is likely to stick with the same attacking six who did the business on Saturday.

However, he has spoken of using his entire squad through the season, so a change wouldn’t be a huge surprise either.

For Preston, they could have former Sheffield Wednesday striker Connor Wickham up top. The big forward penned a short-term contract yesterday and is available for tonight.

Form Guide

Preston arrive at Bramall Lane unbeaten in four all in all competitions, including two Championship wins and a draw. However, United will look to North End’s early season form for inspiration. They were hammered by Hull City, before losing to both Reading and Huddersfield.

For United, Saturday’s huge win over the Posh has been well-documented.

But that was the Blades’ first win this season in the league and the first time they’ve scored more than twice in a league game since February. Jokanovic, then, will be looking for more of the weekend’s antics tonight.

Head to Head

United’s record against Preston is a pretty good one overall, with the Blades winning 52 of the 118 meetings between the clubs. Preston, on the other hand, have won 36, with 30 draws sandwiched in between.

More recently, it’s very much honours even. The last seven meetings have seen three wins apiece, with a 1-1 draw in the FA Cup in January 2015 the divider.

The Blades have won the last two meetings, however. David McGoldrick got the winner at Deepdale in 2019, as United ran out 1-0 winners under Chris Wilder.

Predicted Sheffield United XI

We can’t see Jokanovic ringing too many changes. However, if Davies and Olsen are available, then both will surely come back into the fold.

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