Five of the last six meetings between Doncaster and Sheffield United have finished all square and it’s therefore inevitable that the stalemate will be well backed at 23/10 with Stan James as the two teams renew hostilities at the Keepmoat Stadium this weekend, writes Chris Hutcheon.
The pair’s last clash there ended two-apiece, a result BetVictor chalk up at 16/1 on this occasion, bet365 quote any score draw at 7/2 while it’s 15/4 via Winner.com for the sides to be inseparable when each half of their derby showdown is brought to a close.
Both sets of fans are likely to be wary of an inconclusive affair so there could be plenty of interest in the ‘Draw No Bet’ market, where Rovers are an 11/10 chance (BetVictor) and betway price the Blades at 3/4.
Alternatively, the duo are 1/2 (Ladbrokes) and 9/20 (bet365) respectively to avoid defeat but bookmakers tentatively favour Nigel Clough’s men, Stan James chalking them up at 6/4 and William Hill rating a home win at 9/5.
In a potentially tight affair, Paddy Power offer 16/5 about a United success by a one-goal margin and Rovers are 10/3 courtesy of Stan James to prevail by a solitary strike.
More accurately BetVictor make Paul Dickov’s troops 17/2 to grab the only goal and also quote 15/2 for the visitors to do likewise.
Finally, a Blades lead at the 45 and 90-minute marks is considered a 3/1 chance by bet365 and Skybet go 7/2 about Rovers possessing an advantage at the end of both periods.
Buoyant Barnsley have registered consecutive victories against Sheffield United and Burton so it’s perhaps not surprising to see the Tykes installed by BetVictor as 13/10 favourites as they prepare to entertain Colchester.
The U’s have drawn their last couple of League One contests on the road so Skybet’s draw quote of 5/2 might attract market support but Danny Wilson’s charges should have the upper hand in front of their own supporters and it’s 5/2 (bet365) for them to emerge triumphant despite an even first half.
Elsewhere, a 2-1 win for the Tykes is a 9/1 shot at BetVictor and Barnsley are 3/1 via Stan James to shade the Oakwell clash by one.
Chesterfield have suffered a significant dip in form in the league but they’ll be buoyed by their 6-0 FA Cup win at Braintree on Sunday and Skybet price them at 6/5 to frank that form by picking up a maximum haul at bottom club Crewe.
William Hill go 10/1 about the Spireites notching twice without reply at Gresty Road, where Ladbrokes report cash at odds of 9/4 for Paul Cook’s team to be in front as each half ends.
Chris Hutcheon writes on behalf of Betrescue.