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PREVIEW: SHEFFIELD UNITED (H)

13 March 2015

The Iron play Sheffield United at Glanford Park on Saturday and will be looking to return to winning ways after defeat at Crewe last weekend.

Mark Robins’ side fell to a 2-0 defeat thanks to two goals in as many minutes, which means the Iron remain in 17th place and still find themselves eight points of the top six.

Sheffield United will provide a tough test on Saturday though, with Nigel Clough’s side catching the eyes of many this season following their amazing Capital One Cup run.

The Blades are currently fifth in League One, but have lost their last two matches, despite a good run of results in February.

They head into the game on the back of a 2-1 defeat at home to Fleetwood, their second home defeat in a row after losing in stoppage time to Peterborough in their previous match.

January signing Matty Done has been in great form for the Blades since his arrival and is one of League One’s top marksmen, so the Iron will need to be alert to the threat he possesses.

Iron boss Mark Robins has a strong squad at his disposal, but former Sheffield United defender Marcus Williams may miss out with the back injury that has kept him out of late.

This will be the first time the sides have faced each other this campaign, with the festive meeting between the two sides cancelled due to adverse weather conditions.

Saturday will see the sixth consecutive season where the Iron have faced the Blades, with last season’s meeting coming in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

The Blades won on penalties following a 0-0 draw and won the last league meeting between the two sides, running out 3-0 winners.

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 21 matches played between the two sides, Sheffield United have a slightly better record than the Iron, winning eight compared to Scunthorpe’s six, with seven 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 Glanford Park to see if the Iron can climb up Sky Bet League One, 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.

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