Sheffield United face Hull City in the EFL Cup this evening and they have high hopes to progress to the second round for the fourth year in a row.

Championship side Hull City aren’t likely to make it easy for the home side this evening, coming off the back of a respectable 1-1 draw at the weekend to United’s rivals, Sheffield Wednesday.

Chris Wilder has mentioned he is going to make some changes from Saturday’s starting 11 who had an impressive 2-1 win away at QPR, and here, we look at a potential side the Blades could put out:

GK- Simon Moore

Dean Henderson is expected to get some rest tonight, ahead of this weekends league fixture against Norwich City. This could open an opportunity for second choice keeper Simon Moore to get some first-team action once again, having been named in the PFA League One team of the year after leading United to promotion in the 2016/17 season.

RB- George Baldock

Highly rated Baldock, who made an impressive 38 appearances last season is possible to make a return at right-back this evening, with Kieron Freeman starting in the position at the weekend against QPR, Baldock will be wanting to impress to make his way back into the side.

CB- Jake Wright

Yet to make an appearance this season for the Blades, Wright is a reliable member of the squad who made a respectable 22 appearances last season and was an influential character in the side’s promotion in 2016/17. He could find himself as one of the three central defenders for United this evening.

CB- Richard Stearman

It is possible that Stearman could retain his place in the starting 11, to add experience at the back for the proposed much-changed side this evening. Having joined from Fulham in 2017, Stearman has been a reliable force at the heart of United’s defence.

CB- John Egan

Being the club’s record signing in this summers transfer window, the Republic of Ireland defender is likely to start in defence this evening once again, he offers a strong presence in the side and tonight will be a good opportunity for the player to gel with the team.

Brentford defender John Egan (14) pointing finger during the EFL Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Nottingham Forest at Griffin Park, London, England on 16 August 2016. Photo by Matthew Redman.

LB- Daniel Lafferty

Northern Ireland international Lafferty played a key role in the 2016/17 promotion success, however having made just 13 appearances last season, this match will provide a good opportunity for the wing back to get some first-team minutes under his belt.

CM- Oliver Norwood

Having just completed a loan move from Brighton, it has been mentioned by the manager that the 27-year-old will be making his debut tonight either from the start or coming on as a substitute. The Northern Ireland international played an influential role in Fulham’s promotion to the premier league last season and it is likely Norwood will become a regular in the starting lineup for United this season.

CM- John Fleck

Former Scotland U21 international and fan favourite Fleck, is likely to make another start for the Blades tonight. He will offer some much-needed experience in midfield, having made 93 appearances in the past two seasons for United.

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CM- John Lundstram

Having been an unused substitute in United’s victory over QPR at the weekend, the former Everton player is likely to make a return in the middle of the pack tonight.

ST- Ben Woodburn

The 18 year old Wales international, is likely to start this evening to give Clarke and Sharp a rest after playing at the weekend. The striker is highly regarded by both Jurgen Klopp and Ryan Giggs, so he could become a regular in the side if he impresses tonight.

ST- David McGoldrick

McGoldrick is an experienced Championship attacker, having scored against Inter Milan in preseason, the Republic of Ireland man would be a solid option up top tonight.

Former Ipswich Town striker David McGoldrick (10) dribbling during the EFL Sky Bet Championship match between Queens Park Rangers and Ipswich Town at the Loftus Road Stadium, London, England on 2 January 2017. Photo by Matthew Redman.


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