Betting: Blades chase third FA Cup shock

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The postponement of their midweek League One clash against Brentford means that Sheffield United should be well rested on Sunday, as they attempt to cause yet another FA Cup upset, this time against Championship high-flyers Nottingham Forest.

William Hill consider the Blades to be 23/10 outsiders to progress at the first attempt while the visitors are Stan James’s 13/10 favourites and it’s 12/5 courtesy of BetVictor for the tie to require a replay.

That might lure some punters given that both teams took two attempts to reach the last 16 and a repeat of the 1-1 scoreline from United’s first clash with Fulham could also prove popular at 6/1 (BetVictor).

Alternatively, bet365 post 7/2 against a score draw, Nigel Clough’s troops are 5/4 in Winner.com’s ‘Draw No Bet’ market and the Blades benefit from a goal start in Paddy Power’s handicaps at 4/7.

However, as United have already accounted for two Premier League teams, some supporters will feel they can dish out the same treatment to a team from the second tier inside 90 minutes and for those fans, Ladbrokes quote Clough’s side at 19/5 to shade it by one.

There’s also bet365’s 11/1 about a 2-1 home win and Stan James chalk the Blades up at 6/1 to come out on top following a level first period.

Sheffield Wednesday are also bidding for a place in the last eight and they’re fancied to get there, betway making them even money to get the better of Charlton, BetVictor’s 3/1 underdogs, at Hillsborough.

The teams are 12/5 (Skybet) to be inseparable but the Owls had been in excellent form before the midweek reverse against Wigan and as the Addicks have lost four on the spin in the league, Stuart Gray’s men should emerge triumphant.

They’re 6/1 with Paddy Power to grab the only goal, bet365 offer 13/5 about an Owls triumph by one and odds of 2/1 are available via Stan James for Wednesday to be in front at the end of each period.

Back in the Championship there’s a crucial encounter at the Keepmoat Stadium, between Doncaster and Barnsley. Aided by home advantage, Rovers get the nod from bookmakers, bet365 making them 29/20 to send the Tykes home empty-handed and BetVictor pricing Danny Wilson’s charges at 21/10 but as it’s a derby showdown, plenty of neutrals are expected to plump for the stalemate at 12/5 (Ladbrokes).

At the New York Stadium, BetVictor make Rotherham odds-on at just 8/13 to boost their League One play-off hopes by overcoming rock-bottom Stevenage and at the top of League Two, Chesterfield are also tipped to register a home win, Stan James rating them at 8/15 to defeat struggling Torquay.