Bookies backing Blades victory

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A run of three stalemates and a defeat in their last four League One outings has caused Sheffield United to fall off the automatic promotion pace and the Blades have subsequently drifted to 10/3 with bet365 to go up.

Nevertheless, bookies do fancy Nigel Clough’s men to improve their chances this weekend, betway installing them as 21/20 favourites to get the better of Walsall, Skybet’s 3/1 outsiders.

Understandably, given United’s recent results, BetVictor’s 12/5 about it finishing all square will inevitably attract cash at Bramall Lane, where bet365 rate a score draw at 15/4 and it’s 6/1 via William Hill to finish one-each, just as it did in the corresponding fixture last season.

Cautious home supporters can back the Blades at 2/5 in Stan James’ ‘Draw No Bet’ market but on their own patch, Clough’s charges will fancy their chances of getting the better of the mid-table Saddlers and Ladbrokes quote them at 13/5 to do so by a one-goal margin.

Sheffield Wednesday’s mini-revival came to an end at home to Wolves last weekend and Stan James are tipping the Owls to suffer another reverse, pricing them at 11/10 to emerge empty-handed at Fulham.

BetVictor offer 13/5 about Stuart Gray’s team racking up a third success in four and it’s 5/2 (Stan James) for honours to be even at Craven Cottage.

Bet365 mark 4/5 against Wednesday avoiding defeat but optimists will be aware that the Owls have done their better work on the road so far this term and punters expecting that to be a crucial factor can back Gray’s side at 11/1 with BetVictor to grab the game’s only goal.

Also in the Championship, Rotherham are 17/5 courtesy of BetVictor to end their nine-match winless sequence by overcoming Wigan. but most neutrals are likely to plump for Stan James’s 5/2 about the Millers carding a seventh stalemate in ten.

Back in League One, Barnsley are bet365’s slender 6/4 favourites as they prepare to entertain Leyton Orient, Ladbrokes offer 7/2 about Doncaster upsetting promotion-chasing Swindon at the County Ground and it’s 7/5 (betway) to return from Gillingham three points better off.

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