Sheffield United take on Grimsby Town tomorrow night in their final game of the EFL Checkatrade Trophy, but neither team can progress to the next round.
At 7:45pm tomorrow night, Sheffield United’s Checkatrade Trophy campaign will conclude at Blundell Park in what many would argue is a rather pointless game.
Neither team can advance to the next round of the competition, as Walsall and Leicester U21s have already claimed the top two places in Northern Group H with some impressive performances.
Blades manager Chris Wilder will be very relieved to see the back of the trophy, which he has openly criticised.
Wilder’s dissent for the tournament, which he sees as an ‘unnecessary distraction’, has been widely documented by local media outlets.
United have been in blistering form of late, despite achieving a great deal of success in cup football.
A 6-0 victory over Leyton Orient on the weekend made it 11 games unbeaten in the league. In contrast, Grimsby haven’t tasted success in three outings.
However, the Mariners will be happy to know that United are without aces Harry Chapman and Louis Reed tomorrow night. Both have travelled to South Korea with the England U20s squad.
Goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale is also unavailable for tomorrows contest, as he is also on international duty with England U19s.
Although nothing of real significance taking place with regards to the game itself, Humberside Police will have to pay particular attention to the events off of the pitch.
The last time these two clubs met in July 2016 four people were charged with assault and public order offences after trouble broke out after the final whistle.