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Wednesday, 23 January, 2019

Bradford could edge past League One champions

Nicky Law goes on the attack for Bradford
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The champagne corks have been popping for newly-crowned Sky Bet League One champions Sheffield United and this derby dust-up with Bradford could also possess plenty of fizz.

Bolton’s failure to beat Oldham on Saturday handed the title to the Blades who return to the Sky Bet Championship after six years in the third tier.

United – 6-1 for the title ante-post – have reached their goal thanks to a 14-match unbeaten run but it would be no surprise to see the Blades blunted by heavy heads and legs now the pressure is off.

Whether that will be enough for Bradford to capitalise though remains to be seen as Bramall Lane has been a miserable hunting ground for the Bantams.

Bradford have not got the better of their Yorkshire rivals in the Steel City since 1988 but at 3-1 they look great value to play the role of party poopers and end their long-standing hoodoo.

Crucially, there is plenty still at stake for Stuart McCall’s men, who harbour promotion hopes of their own with three games of the regular season remaining.

Bradford can still secure automatic promotion – they are only four points adrift of second-placed Bolton after the Trotters' shock Saturday setback. A win today would seal a playoff place at the very least and that is not beyond a Bantams side who have also been in great nick, winning three on the bounce while losing just one of their last 11.

Fixtures between these teams have been lively with a 3-3 draw in October following a 3-1 United win and a 2-2 draw and an entertaining clash can be expected in the party atmosphere.

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Team news
Sheffield United
James Hanson is available to face his former side but Caolan Lavery is out.

Stuart McCall has no fresh injury concerns following Friday’s home win against Oxford. Alex Gilliead (hamstring), Matt Kilgallon (shoulder), Reece Webb-Foster (knee) all remain out, with Gilliead the only one likely to feature again this season.

Key stat
Bradford have lost only one of their last 11 games.

There’s plenty still at stake for Stuart McCall’s men who harbour promotion hopes of their own with three games of the regular season remaining
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