Sheffield United cruised through to the second round of the FA Cup last week, notching three times without reply against Oxford but the Blades’ main priority is promotion and Danny Wilson will be hoping his side can win just as comfortably as they return to League One and the visit of Carlisle.
Another 3-0 triumph for the Blades is a 16/1 shot via Sportingbet, however, while Wilson’s troops are worthy favourites for the points at 10/11 with Betfred especially as they enjoy home advantage, the Cumbrians - Ladbrokes’ 10/3 outsiders - tend to be strong on the road and can make life difficult for United.
Nevertheless, the visitors shouldn’t have enough to land a share of the spoils (14/5, Victor Chandler) but they are capable of restricting the Blades to a one-goal margin, an outcome bet365 quote at 3/1.
Skybet chalk United up at 15/2 to finish on the right side of a 2-1 scoreline in a fixture that is 13/10 (Boylesports) to be level at the interval. Paddy Power post 4/1 against Wilson’s men eventually breaking the resistance of resilient Carlisle by clinching victory following a drawn first period.
Sheffield Wednesday are desperately trying to force their way into the automatic promotion race and after they put in a decent display to swerve an FA Cup banana skin at Morecambe, the Owls look overpriced at 2/1 via Victor Chandler to pick up another away win, this time at Tranmere, Stan James’ 13/8 favourites.
Some firms struggle to separate the pair and that, allied with Rovers’ solid home form could nudge punters towards the draw at 3.4 (12/5) with Betdaq. However, in recent weeks the home side’s form has dipped and they look there for the taking for Gary Megson’s charges, who Partybets price at 9/1 to card a 2-1 win.
In the derby at Oakwell, Totesport make Barnsley 6/5 to send Doncaster home empty-handed while Rovers are 12/5 at Boylesports to give their survival hopes a shot in the arm and it’s 12/5 with Skybet to finish all-square, as it did in the corresponding fixture last season. That one ended 2-2 and this renewal is available at odds of 14/1 (Totesport) to follow suit.
Ladbrokes have installed Chesterfield as underdogs at 3/1 to ease their relegation worries by winning at Oldham but the Spireites have lost six out of eight on their travels, a point (11/4, Victor Chandler) would be a decent return.
Rotherham have registered back-to-back victories in league and cup and Stan James rate the Millers at 6/4 to make it three-in-a-row sat Bradford City.
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