Matt is backed to clip Owls’ wings

Nottingham Forest's Eric Lichaj (right) and Rotherham United's Matt Derbyshire (left) during the Sky Bet Championship match at the City Ground, Nottingham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo
Nottingham Forest's Eric Lichaj (right) and Rotherham United's Matt Derbyshire (left) during the Sky Bet Championship match at the City Ground, Nottingham. PRESS ASSOCIATION Photo
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When Rotherham and Sheffield Wednesday met at Hillsborough in November, neither could score.

So it perhaps not so surprising then that the duo are odds-on at 3/4 courtesy of betway to new on less than three occasions between them as they renew hostilities at the New York Stadium.

In a tough-to-call derby contest, Skybet make both teams evens to fire the opener and from a Millers perspective, Matt Derbyshire is 15/2 (bet365) to net first.

Alternatively, Owls supporters can opt for Stevie May (6/1, William Hill) to put Stuart Gray’s charges 1-0 up and it’s 5/6 with Winner.com for both sides to notch.

Back in League One, Barnsley’s George Waring is a 6/1 shot in BetVictor’s first scorer betting as the Tykes host high-flying Preston, bet365 offer an identical 6/1 about a Curtis Main opener for Doncaster at Coventry and Sam Clucas is 7/1 via Paddy Power to break the deadlock for Chesterfield at Peterborough.

The sequence of Sheffield United games in which both sides have found the net has reached a massive ten and punters thinking an eleventh is on the agenda, as the Blades host Port Vale, can obtain odds of 21/20 at Stan James. Of course some will believe it’s about time a team failed to strike in a United fixture and for them Nigel Clough’s men are 6/4 with bet365 to defeat the Valiants ‘to nil’ at Bramall Lane, where BetVictor price a match tally of fewer than three goals at 5/6.

Ladbrokes rate the Blades at 9/20 to be responsible for breaking the deadlock and both Matt Done and Marc McNulty are 9/2 chances (bet365) to fire that opener.

United meanwhile, are even money via BetVictor to get on the scoresheet inside the 39-minute mark and at the other end Stan James offer 10/11 about a clean sheet for the hosts.