One point separate these teams in sixth and fifth respectively and victory here could very well be decisive in determining their festive momentum but also a Play-Off spot come May.
Leon Clarke could start for Sheffield United after returning as a substitute from a nerve issue in Saturday’s draw at Ipswich.
Derby are continuing to assess striker, Tom Lawrence after the Welsh international missed Saturday’s clash with Bristol City through an ankle ligament injury.
Midfielder, Joe Ledley could feature after a successful run out for the U23s following a hip injury, despite not making the squad at weekend.
Bradley Johnson however is absent as he serves the last of a five match suspension and will be back for the Rams’ trip to Norwich at weekend.
Sheffield United’s form has slipped lately with two losses in between two wins before drawing at Ipswich on Saturday. The Blades however have scored in four of those matches, only failing to find the net at home to Leeds at start of this month.
Their home form has also dipped with just one win in last five either side of two draws before losing their last two, against Leeds then West Bromwich Albion. United however beat Norwich here in mid August, which is their only home win so far against fellow current top six with only Middlesbrough now yet to visit the Blades.
Derby meanwhile enter this with just three defeats in their last 15 league games and are unbeaten in five of last six matches.
Away from Pride Park, the Rams have scored in each of their last six away games since a 1-0 loss at Bolton in late September.
With so much at stake, I can see a tight cagey affair here but am going for a repeat of 2004 here and Sheffield United will take victory to end their recent shaky home form.
Prediction: Sheffield United 2-1 Derby County