Though the percentage was lower (60 per cent) on Tuesday night, as the match stats team at bettingexpert.com pointed out, ten of League One’s dozen matches last weekend ended either as draws or were settled by a single goal.
The figures suggest that punters should continue to err on the side of caution when forecasting match outcomes – and contemplating backing high-scoring duels. Millwall, who as Betway’s 13/10 favourites to secure a maximum haul when they host the Blades on Saturday, completed a league double over United last term and while the men from Bramall Lane kick off as Titanbet’s 2/1 outsiders, most punters expect a tight, low-scoring affair.
Billy Sharp is quoted at 5/1 (Paddy Power) to open the scoring and one could certainly be enough to settle matters – only once in the pair’s last four meetings has one side scored more than a single goal. United are a 4/1 shot (Ladbrokes) to enjoy a one-goal margin of victory. In other markets, Betfred chalk 8/11 about both sides finding the net and Coral’s 13/2 odds marked against it finishing 1-1, as well as 888sport’s 23/10 for it to end with honours even have attracted steady support.
Tuesday’s miserable performance against Southend must be set aside (and the Blades’ defence must turn up for the opening 15 minutes) for Millwall are sturdier opponents than the Shrimpers. Nevertheless, with BetVictor.com posting a massive 19/2 against the probability of a 1-0 away win, bullish punters will be inclined to believe that United can bounce back and claim what looks like an unexpected three points.
Odds supplied by www.smartbets.com, the customisable odds comparison site.