Betting: Long odds on Blades winning championship

David Weir's side have collected just four points from their opening five league matches
David Weir's side have collected just four points from their opening five league matches
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Despite the arrival of new co-owner Prince Abdullah bin Mosaad bin Abdulaziz Al Saud, Sheffield United are now a 25/1 shot at Stan James to clinch the League One title.

The Blades, who have collected just four points from their opening five fixtures, are priced at 3/2 with bet365 to gain promotion.

Rotherham are actually a heftier 8/1 via BetVictor to go up despite their unbeaten record remaining intact, although the fifth-placed Millers are slight favourites at 6/4 courtesy of bet365 to secure all three points as the go toe-to-toe with United in an intriguing-looking derby showdown at the New York Stadium.

The Blades are a 21/10 chance at BetVictor to end their winless sequence but as the hosts have shared the spoils in both of their home matches so far, it’s fair to assume that there will be no shortage of punters looking to get with the stalemate at odds of 12/5 (Skybet).

BetVictor post 21/2 against a goalless affair, a wager lent appeal by the visitors’ scoring struggles, it’s 6/1 via William Hill to finish one-each and Stan James quote 4/1 about the contest being level at the end of each half.

Home supporters can back their team at 8/11 with Winner.com in the ‘Draw No Bet’ market, where Weir’s charges are priced by Paddy Power at 6/5 and as underdogs, the Blades are given a goal start in Stan James’s handicap market at odds of 8/15.

Elsewhere, bet365 chalk Sheffield United up at 17/2 to grab the game’s only goal, Steve Evans’s men are 8/1 (BetVictor) to do likewise while betway go 11/4 about Rotherham holding a lead after 45 and 90 minute and Ladbrokes rate their opponents at 7/2 to be in front at the interval as well as the final whistle.

In-form Chesterfield lead the way in League Two, having won four and drawn one of their first five games and the Spireites are strongly fancied to stay ahead of the pack by sending rock bottom Accrington home from the Proact Stadium empty-handed.

Paul Cook’s team are William Hill’s 1/2 favourites to land a maximum haul, it’s 15/2 (bet365) for Stanley to inflict a first defeat of the season on Chesterfield while BetVictor mark 18/5 against a draw. However, the goal-shy visitors have really struggled so far so it’s hard to see past a straightforward Spireites triumph.