Sheffield United vs Charlton Athletic Preview

March 8, 2014
By: Deke Hardman


Sunday’s FA Cup quarter final action kicks off at Bramall Lane where League One form side Sheffield United host Championship strugglers Charlton Athletic.

The hosts, who have lifted the trophy on four occasions, booked their place in the last eight of this season’s competition by coming from behind to beat Nottingham Forest last month.

They are unbeaten in eight games, winning their last seven and conceding just one goal across all those victories.
Having looked set for a relegation battle just over a month ago, Nigel Clough’s side now have an outside chance of making the play-offs.

The Blades’ boss will assess the fitness of four of his players ahead of the game, with Harry Maguire, Jamie Murphy, John Brayford and Stephen McGinn not certain of a place in his starting line-up.

Chirs Porter, who has scored four FA Cup goals so far this season is favourite to open the scoring at 7.0 (6/1) with a variety of firms, ahead of Jose Baxter, who is widely available at 6.5 (11/2).

The home win is 2.3 (13/10) with a number of firms, with Charlton priced at 3.5 (5/2) with Bet 365, who have the draw at 3.4 (12/5).

The Addicks, whose only triumph in the Cup came in 1947, will see the game as a welcome distraction from their lacklustre league form, which has seen them lose five of their last six, leaving them a point adrift of safety.

Manager Chris Powell is hopeful that he will be able to call upon Michael Morrison, Jordan Cousins and Simon Church, though Chris Solly and Leon Cort are both out with knee problems.

Church is 8.0 (7/1) with Bet 365 to get the first goal of the game, with Marvin Sordell a 9.0 (8/1) shot with Paddy Power.

With their impressive run of victories without conceding, you may well fancy backing Sheffield United to win to nil at 3.7 (27/10) with Ladbrokes.

Alternatively, a 1-0 home win for the Blades, which has been achieved in three of their last five games, is available at a generous price of 7.5 (13/2) with Ladbrokes.

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