Betting: Bookies backing Blades to keep it clean and Owls to find the net

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Strangely, despite their lowly league position, Sheffield United have the third best home defensive record in League One, behind promotion-chasing pair Brentford and Wolves so a clean sheet for the Blades, at 7/4 via, isn’t out of the question as they entertain Bristol City.

Skybet post 5/2 against Nigel Clough’s men prevailing ‘to nil’ for the third league match on the spin and if the Robins do draw a blank the likelihood is that the match will produce fewer than three goals in total, an outcome Stan James rate at 4/5.

Moreover, it would increase the chances of United netting first (4/5, betway) and Billy Paynter is a 6/1 shot at bet365 to be the man to grab that opener. Also at 6/1, this time with William Hill, is Chris Porter while Ladbrokes quote midweek match winner Conor Coady at 12/1 in the same market.

Sheffield Wednesday have failed to find the net in their last couple but they’re expected to put that right at Huddersfield, where bet365 make them 2/5 to notch and also rate them at 2/1 to strike at least twice.

BetVictor offer 5/6 about both sides getting on the scoresheet and Stan James chalk the derby clash up at even money to produce more than 2.5 goals, just as the reverse fixture at Hillsborough did.

Stuart Gray’s team are 5/4 (BetVictor) to break the deadlock while new boy Leon Best is 8/1 courtesy of Paddy Power to open his Wednesday account by grabbing the first goal and bet365 price Chris Maguire at 9/1 to put the Owls 1-0 up.

It’s 4/5 via Stan James for both teams to net as struggling pair Barnsley and Millwall face-off at Oakwell and BetVictor mark 11/2 against Tykes attacker Nick Proschwitz opening the scoring. Jordan Bowery is 9/1 (betway) to do likewise for Doncaster, as they head to rock bottom Yeovil.

At Carlisle, Rotherham’s Wes Thomas is 11/2 courtesy of Paddy Power to fire the first goal for the third game in a row and in League Two and Skybet go 7/1 about a Jay O’Shea opener for leaders Chesterfield, who visit Wycombe.

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