Sheffield United —Fulham (FA Cup)

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SheffieldUnited—Fulham(FACup)

FulhamvisitBramallLaneonSundayforthefourth-roundoftheFACuptofacetheLeagueOneoutfit。

Theybetternotdoitlightly。

I’llhaveyouknowSheffieldUnitedhasqualityandspirithasI’msureAstonVillawouldagree。

StrugglingCottagershavetheirworkcutoutinYorkshiretomovealonginthecompetition。

Togettothelast32NigelClough’ssidehadtoovercomeAstonVillathreeweeksago。

NosmallaccomplishmentforaLeagueOnesquad。

TheVillainsweretheone’sheldLiverpooltoadrawrecentlyatAnfield。

AndyettheBladeswenttoBirminghamdeterminedtobesuccessful。

JamieMurphynettedfirst,NicklasHeleniusmadetheequalizerandatminute81RyannFlynnsecuredthewinnerthatsentVillaoff。

Iftheycoulddoitoncewhynottwice,that’swhattheSheffield’smenmustbethinkingrightnow。

Cloughisafewmendown。

StrikerBillyPaynter,midfieldersElliotWhitehouseandCallumMcFadzean,allruledoutduetoinjury。

Probableline-up:GeorgeLong—TonyMcMahon,MatthewHill,HarryMaguire,JohnBrayford—StephenMcGinn,RyanFlynn,MichaelDoyle,JamieMurphy—ChrisPorter,JoseBaxter。

Fulhamarejusthoveringaboverelegationzone,nottheplacewouldexpectthemtobe。

Inthelasttenfixturestheyhad3wins,1drawand6defeats,notexactlytheresoluteturn-aroundtheirsupporterswerewaitingfor。

TheyalsohavetheworstdefenceinthePremierLeague,conceding48goals,tenmorethanCardiffthatfollowsintherankings。

That’sover2pergame。

Theyneedapositiveresulttoliftsomeweightfromtheplayersshouldersandgainsomekindofmomentum。

SwanseaisjustaroundthecornerandtheCottagersreallycan’taffordtoloseanymorepoints。

FulhamhaveshowninterestinPorto’smidfielderStevenDefour。

TheBelgiumexpressedawishtoplayinEnglandbeforeandwasevenunderSirAlexFerguson’sradarinthetimeheworetheStandardLiegeshirt。

He’snothavingalotoftimeonthepitchatPortoandheneedsittomakethenationalteamintheBrazilWorldCup。

HecouldbringsomecreativityandpassingskillstotheCottagershard-workingmidfield。

ThequestioniswillPortoreleasehim?

BigSampubliclyadmittedtherewasachanceRavelMorrison,WestHam’stopscorer,couldbeheadingtoCravenCottage。

FernandoAmorebieta(knee)istheonlycasualtyforMeulensteentoworryabout。

Probableline-up:Stekelenburg—Riether,Richardson,Hangeland,Hughes—Dejagah,Duff,Parker,Dempsey,Kacaniklic—Bent。

TheCupfixturecouldworkasabreakfromtheordealsbothsidehavebeenthroughintheirrespectiveLeagues。

SheffieldUnitedare17thplaceinLeagueOnewith26pointsgatheredinasmanymatches—6wins,6drawsand10losses。

OntheotherhandRenéMeulensteensideis19thwith19points,oneclearofthetriothatissittinginrelegationdog-house。

Fulhamcoulduseaboostandgoingfarinthecompetitionwouldcertainlydoit。

ButstatisticstellustheBladeshavenotlostanyofthefiveFACuptiestheyhadagainsttheCottagers—4W,1D。