Date: 14th August 2018 at 8:00am
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Sheffield United will welcome former boss Nigel Adkins and goalkeeper George Long when the Blades host Hull City tonight in the Carabao Cup First Round.

United claimed their first three points of the season when they won 2-1 at Queens Park Rangers at the weekend. Goals from Billy Sharp and David McGoldrick were enough to win the match. United will be looking to continue with a win tonight.

It is unclear what side Chris Wilder will play against Hull City tonight. The Blades have completed the loan signing of Brighton midfielder Oliver Norwood, with the deal becoming permanent in January. He may make his debut against the club who also enquired about him this summer or against his former club Norwich City (at Bramall Lane – 3:00pm) this Saturday.

United are expected to be without striker McGoldrick after he suffered a dead leg in Saturday’s win but they may hand a full debut to on-loan Liverpool attacker Ben Woodburn and Academy starlet Rhys Norrington-Davies in defence.

Hull City boss Nigel Adkins was the manger of the Blades throughout the 2015-16 season, managing the club for just one year and was succeeded by current boss Chris Wilder. During his tenure he was successful in guiding United into their lowest ever finish in over 30 years. He won 22 (and drew 14) matches out of a total of 54 games.

For the Tigers it is another return to the Steel City after playing out a 1-1 draw at Hillsborough on Saturday against our bitter rivals. They are still searching for their first league victory after losing 3-1 at home to Aston Villa on the opening weekend of the season.

The visitors too could make changes tonight. George Long is hoping to make his debut following his move from Sheffield United in the summer. He left Bramall Lane ending a 7-year spell after coming through the Academy and going onto making 123 appearances in all competitions.

Angus MacDonald, Jon Toral, Jackson Irvine, Will Keane and Kevin Stewart will all be looking to start. Meanwhile both Ondrej Mazuch and James Weir are sidelined with knee injuries and Kamil Grosicki isn’t match fit.

A change in the rules….

Unlike in previous years, if the match is level (0-0, 1-1 etc) when the referee blows the final whistle at 90 minutes. Much like the Checkatrade Trophy, the game will go straight to a penalty shoot-out. There will be NO extra-time.

 

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