Sheffield United’s League One title challenge has just started to falter a touch with the Blades having won just one of their last five.
Manager Danny Wilson might subsequently be glad of the distraction of an FA Cup tie, in the hope that his team can get back on track with a victory.
Stan James make United 8/11 favourites ease into the third round at the first attempt by beating visitors Port Vale, who are Paddy Power’s 9/2 outsiders, and the tie is 14/5 at William Hill to require a replay.
A run of five straight defeats has turned up the heat on Sheffield Wednesday boss Dave Jones, who could probably do without a trip to former club Cardiff on Sunday.
Cardiff have a 100 per cent record at home after nine and are odds-on at 4/6 with bet365 to maintain that run. Wednesday are 9/2 with Ladbrokes to inflict a first home reverse of the campaign on Cardiff.
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