The Iron play Sheffield United at Bramall Lane on Tuesday and will be looking to take advantage of one of their games in hand.Mark Robins’ side fell to a 3-1 defeat at Rochdale on Saturday, and remain in 17th place.
Sheffield United won for the first time in five at the weekend as they beat Port Vale 1-0, with Jose Baxter’s penalty proving to be the difference.
The Blades are currently fifth in League One and will be hoping to cement a place in the play-offs over the coming weeks, with the chasing pack catching them.
Jose Baxter will be hoping to add to his goal at the weekend, plus the Blades also have the dangerous forwards Matty Done and Jamie Murphy who both know where the net is.
Iron boss Mark Robins could give on loan Everton midfielder John Lundstram his first start for the club, if he decides to rotate after Saturday’s defeat.
Kyle Wootton made his full debut at Rochdale and will hope to retain his place in the starting line-up on Tuesday, although he was withdrawn for Gary McSheffrey on Saturday.
The two sides last met just over a week ago as the game at Glanford Park ended in a 1-1 draw. Neal Bishop opened the scoring, before Kieron Freeman levelled for the Blades.
The last trip to Bramall Lane ended in a 3-0 win for the hosts as Shaun Miller, Dave Kitson and Nick Blackman helped them on their way to a comfortable win.
The Iron did the double over their opponents in the 2010/11 Championship campaign, winning 3-2 at Glanford Park as well as securing a 4-0 win at Bramall Lane.
A Chris Dagnall brace, plus goals from David Mirfin and Martyn Woolford secured victory on that day and Scunthorpe fans will hope for more of the same this time around.
Out of a total of 22 matches played between the two sides, Sheffield United have a slightly better record than the Iron, winning eight compared to Scunthorpe’s six, with eight draws between the two sides.
Ahead of the game, see our article on the matchday officials, as well as the betting preview, picking the best odds from the league’s official sponsor, Sky Bet.
If you cannot make it to Bramall Lane to see if the Iron can secure three vital points and climb up the League One table, keep track of the action by tuning into the club’s official social media channels or the official website, with live updates available from kick-off.