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The Opposition Guide: Sheffield United

20 August 2015

A Look at Saturday's Opponents

Blackpool face Sheffield United at Bramall Lane for the first time since March 2010 on Saturday. All you need to know about the opposition can be found below.


Former Scunthorpe United, Southampton and Reading manager Nigel Adkins is now in charge of The Blades, having replaced Nigel Clough in June.

The 50-year-old, previously a physio, has achieved promotion from League One on three occasions in his managerial career to date.


The Blades started the new Sky Bet League One season with a heavy defeat at Gillingham but bounced back with victories against Chesterfield and Peterborough United.


A number of ex-Blackpool players now ply their trade for Sheffield United, including midfielder Chris Basham.

The versatile 28-year-old made 94 appearances in tangerine during a four-year stay at Bloomfield Road and departed for Bramall Lane in 2014.

Goalkeeper Mark Howard is also expected to come up against his former club, while youngster Harrison McGahey remains on the books. Bob Harris is out injured. 


Billy Sharp returned to Sheffield United for the third time in his career last month and will be determined to finally achieve something with the club.

The 29-year-old started his professional career at Bramall Lane in 2004 and re-joined in 2007, having worked under current boss Nigel Adkins for the first time at Scunthorpe United.

A constant goal threat throughout his career, the striker is likely to prove crucial to the club’s promotion hopes.


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