Sheffield Utd v Cardiff City. Match preview

Last updated : 01 April 2018 By Michael Morris

Sheffield United will be without goalkeeper Jamal Blackman for the Sky Bet Championship clash with Cardiff pon Monday evening (7:45pm, live on Sky Sports).

Blackman begins a three-match suspension following his sending-off for a tussle with Ryan Woods against Brentford on Good Friday.

Welsh duo Lee Evans and David Brooks will be pushing for starts after returning to the bench against the Bees following international duty. Midfielder Paul Coutts remains sidelined as he recovers from a knee problem.


Aron Gunnarsson returned to the Cardiff team against Burton and suffered no ill-effects from his 23-minute run-out. Gunnarsson has not played since November because of ankle surgery but after returning for Iceland in the international break was back in a Bluebirds shirt against Albion and will be looking to win back a starting place.

Jazz Richards has had a setback with his ankle injury in training which will rule him out for another two to three weeks. Joe Ralls remains out with a hamstring problem.

Opta Stats

  • Sheffield United have won none of their last five home league matches against Cardiff (D3 L2), though this is their first meeting at Bramall Lane since April 2011.
  • Cardiff's last away league defeat against the Blades was in December 2004, with Sheffield United then managed by current Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock.
  • The Blades have won six of their last eight home matches on Monday at Bramall Lane in all competitions (D2), last losing in November 2009 against Newcastle United.
  • Warnock hasn't managed against former club Sheffield United at Bramall Lane since August 2010, when his QPR side won 3-0 in a Championship match.
  • Ched Evans has been involved in four goals in his last three league starts against Cardiff (three goals, one assist).
  • The Bluebirds have won 31 points from their 18 away league games this season - their best return at this stage of the season since 2002/03 (32 pts), in which they were promoted from the third tier via the play-offs.

Match officials

Assistants: Simon Bennett and Dan Cook
Fourth Official: Geoff Eltringham