Sheffield United vs Derby County: Championship match preview, team news and predicted line-ups for live talkSPORT 2 commentary

Sheffield United can leapfrog Boxing Day opponents Derby if they can beat Frank Lampard’s side at Bramall Lane.

Just a point separates the Blades and the Rams in sixth and fifth respectively as they look to strengthen their bids to get promoted to the Premier League.

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Frank Lampard’s Derby will go fourth if they can better Middlesbrough’s result against Sheffield Wednesday

However, both teams go into the contest in not the greatest form having not won in their last two games.

Where can you listen?

talkSPORT 2 has full live commentary of Sheffield United v Derby County, kick-off 3pm. Click here for the live stream or listen through our radio player below…

What the managers are saying

Chris Wilder (Sheffield United): “In a lot of ways we shouldn’t be anywhere near where we are, but we are, and I’d like to do even better.”

Frank Lampard (Derby County): “It is a game that we have absolute focus on. I’m confident because I believe in the players, but there is work to be done.

“We have to be careful, because there is a small gap opening up. If we have aspirations, we have to have a good Christmas period.”

Team News

Wilder’s side have no new selection concerns for Derby’s visit.

Striker Leon Clarke is hoping to make the starting XI after returning from injury to make a substitute appearance against Ipswich.

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Leon Clarke will be looking to his season’s tally of two goals if he gets a run-out

The away side are without Tom Lawrence, who has yet to shake off an ankle injury.

Midfielder Bradley Johnson serves the final game of a five-match ban for biting Stoke’s Joe Allen.

Predicted line-ups

Sheffield United: Henderson, Basham, Egan, O’Connell, Baldock, Norwood, Fleck, Stevens, Duffy, Sharp, Clarke

Derby County: Carson, Bogle, Keogh, Tomori, Malone, Wilson, Huddlestone, Mount, Waghorn, Nugent, Jozefzoon

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