Gillingham have progressed to the FA Cup third round for the second successive season after beating non-league Hereford United and League One side Charlton Athletic by 2-0 scorelines in the first two rounds.
Stephen Clemence was in charge for both fixtures and has overseen a total of 13 games since his appointment as Gills manager in November, winning six times including back-to-back 1-0 victories in League Two against Sutton United and Colchester United either side of last weekend.
Left-back Scott Malone netted the decisive goal in both matches to help Gillingham climb to 10th place in League Two, just one point behind seventh-placed AFC Wimbledon who occupy the final playoff spot.
Gillingham now shift their focus to a glamour tie in the FA Cup, a competition close to Clemence’s heart as his late father Ray Clemence won England’s most prestigious piece of silverware twice as a player with Liverpool (1974) and Tottenham Hotspur (1982).
The prospect of Gillingham going deep into this season’s competitions is slim, though, as they have lost six of their last seven FA Cup third-round ties as well as nine of their previous 11 encounters with Premier League opposition.
Since replacing Paul Heckingbottom in early December, Chris Wilder is yet to make the desired impact in his second spell in charge of Sheffield United, who have won just one, drawn one and lost four of their last six games.
The Blades were put to the sword 2-0 by reigning Premier League champions Manchester City last weekend – their 15th league defeat of the campaign – and they remain rooted to the foot of the table, seven points adrift of safety.
Sheffield United will welcome this weekend’s break from the Premier League as they have had a decent crack at the FA Cup in recent seasons, progressing as far as the quarter-finals twice and the semi-finals once (last season) over the last four years.
The Blades have not won away from home in any competition since May last year, but they will be confident of success on Saturday as they have advanced from 18 of their last 19 FA Cup ties against teams from lower divisions.