Defeat in last week’s opener at Oldham would have heaped all sorts of pressure on Danny Wilson, so the Sheffield United boss will be mightily relieved that he can take charge of his first home game with three points already banked.
United follow up that victory by beating Hartlepool on penalties in midweek and with confidence suitably boosted, Wilson’s charges are favourites at 11/10 with Boylesports to send Brentford home empty-handed.
A decent Bees outfit are classed as 3.75 (11/4) outsiders by Betdaq while some may fancy them to nick a point at Bramall Lane, a result Skybet chalk up at 12/5, but United are 11/4 to emerge triumphant by a one-goal margin. Ladbrokes quote the Blades at an enticing 7/1 to grab the game’s only goal and they’re 4/1 courtesy of Stan James to land a maximum haul after a drawn first period.
Also starting the campaign with a 2-0 success were Sheffield Wednesday but their second League One assignment is a tough-looking trip to Bournemouth and the Owls are bet365’s 9/5 outsiders on the south coast. The same fixture last season finished goalless, a result Sportingbet rate at 9/1 this time around and Partybets mark against Gary Megson’s men again earning a share of the spoils while as underdogs Wednesday are given a goal start in the handicaps, where Betfred offer them at odds of 1/2. However, some supporters might fancy the Owls to come out on top without assistance and Totesport quote odds of 10/1 for Megson’s troops to win 2-1.
Meanwhile, in the region’s other League One fixture, Chesterfield are 11/10 with Paddy Power to see off fellow new boys Stevenage at the b2net Stadium.
Having followed up a creditable stalemate at Nottingham Forest by suffering a shock Carling Cup defeat to Morecambe on Tuesday, Barnsley are as high as 21/10 with Victor Chandler to manage a home win against promoted Southampton.
Saints arrive at Oakwell in buoyant mood after they eased past Leeds last weekend but Keith Hill’s men showed that they are no pushovers at the City Ground and Totesport make them 12/5 to land another point.
Doncaster showed no ill effects from their heartbreaking last-gasp loss at Brighton, brushing aside Tranmere in the Carling Cup but they’re Victor Chandler’s 16/5 outsiders to get the better of West Ham at the Keepmoat Stadium, where Boylesports quote 5/2 for the draw.
Finally, in League Two, Paddy Power price Rotherham at 19/10 to return from Plymouth with a maximum haul and Skybet rate the Millers at 7/2 to nick it by one.
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