Sheffield United were second best from the outset last weekend as they slumped to a 5-2 defeat at a slick Swindon side but Blades supporters will expect their side to bounce back this weekend as they welcome Gillingham to Bramall Lane.
Bookies also believe Nigel Clough’s men will get back to winning ways, BetVictor rating them at 8/11 to see off the Gills, Ladbrokes’s 9/2 outsiders, but as the two teams are separated by just a point and a couple of places in the League One table, there could be some neutral money for a stalemate at 3/1 with bet365.
The same firm quote odds of 9/2 about a score draw, it’s also 9/2, this time courtesy of Stan James for scores to be level at the end of each half and BetVictor rate a 1-1 scoreline at odds of 7/1.
However, the visitors don’t tend to travel too well – they’ve taken just one point from their four away matches this term – so Clough’s troops have to be fancied to give their promotion bid a much-needed shot-in-the-arm.
United are 13/8 (Paddy Power) to possess a lead at both half-time and full-time, they’re 7/1 with William Hill to notch twice without reply and Winner.com chalk the Blades up at 9/5 in the handicaps, where they kick-off a goal in arrears.
Fans expecting a more modest success meanwhile, can tackle bet365’s 5/2 for a home win by a one-goal margin.
Sheffield Wednesday have climbed into the play-off places after carding back-to-back wins, results that have now seen the Owls cut from 14/1 to 10/1 by Stan James to gain promotion.
Nevertheless, Stuart Gray’s side aren’t expected to enhance their chances this week, BetVictor classing them as 2/1 outsiders to collect a maximum haul at Cardiff, Skybet’s 7/5 favourites.
The pair are 12/5 (betway) to share the spoils for the first time since November 2006, BetVictor quote a goalless encounter at 11/1 and it’s 3/5 at bet365 for Wednesday to avoid defeat in South Wales.
The hosts however, haven’t enjoyed the best of starts to the campaign and that will give confidence to the Owls, who are 17/2 with Paddy Power to grab the only goal. Alternatively, Stan James price Gray’s charges at 7/2 to win it by one.
Also considered underdogs are Rotherham, 16/5 chances at bet365 to emerge triumphant against Ipswich, betway’s 19/20 favourites. It’s 13/5 (BetVictor) for the Millers to snare a point at Portman Road.
Finally, in League One, Ladbrokes post 5/6 against Chesterfield recovering from the reverse at Doncaster to defeat Notts County at the Proact Stadium, Rovers are 21/10 via Winner.com to manage another victory, at Walsall and William Hill offer 17/10 about a Barnsley victory at home to Swindon.
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