The bookies believe Sheffield United will be celebrating a successful FA Cup mission tonight.
The Blades are looking to bounce back from the defeat at Shrewsbury a week ago, and have to go to a Colchester team nine places above them in the League One table.
A trip to the Weston Homes Community Stadium isn’t the easiest draw Nigel Clough’s team could’ve hoped for but they are nevertheless narrow favourites at 6/4 with Paddy Power to book their place in the second round at the first attempt.
BetVictor make them 21/10 to go out and it’s 12/5 at bet365 for the tie to require a replay but as the hosts have won just one of their last 14 in all competitions, United might nick it.
They are 3/1 (Skybet) to prevail by one and 17/2 with Stan James to grab the game’s only goal.
Despite the fact Sheffield Wednesday finally picked up their first victory of the season last weekend, hammering Reading 5-2 at Hillsborough the bookies don’t expect the Owls to double their win tally, Stan James rating them as 10/3 outsiders ahead of the Derby trip.
The Rams are bet365’s 10/11 favourites to send Wednesday home empty-handed while BetVictor quote odds of 14/5 for Dave Jones’s men to rack up yet another stalemate and it’s 7/2 via Paddy Power for the Pride Park contest to end in a score draw. Alternatively, Ladbrokes offer 7/1 about a 1-1 scoreline, BetVictor chalk the Owls up at 21/10 in the ‘Draw No Bet’ market. Travelling fans might fancy bet365’s 5/1 about an away success by one then or Stan James mark a potentially-appealing 14/1 against a 2-1 Wednesday triumph.
Over at Oakwell, Barnsley entertain Doncaster and it’s the Tykes at 23/20 with betway that are expected to claim the derby spoils while Rovers are BetVictor’s 27/10 underdogs and Stan James quote 12/5 for it to finish all square.
Bet365 offer 13/10 on Rotherham United seeing off Bradford while betway rate Chesterfield at 1/4 to overcome non-league Daventry.