Having looked so solid defensively, Sheffield United have now conceded six goals in their last couple of outings and worryingly both of those matches were at Bramall Lane.
The Blades head to Bradford for a televised contest on Sunday hoping to shore up their porous rearguard and encouragingly bookies don’t think they’ll ship at least three goals for the third game in a row, William Hill rating such an outcome at a hefty 6/1.
Punters fancying Nigel Adkins’s charges to tighten things up can back them at 9/4 via Skybet to keep a clean sheet at Valley Parade, where an away success ‘to nil’ is a 7/2 chance at BetVictor and it’s a slender 4/6 with Stan James for the contest to produce fewer than three goals.
The first of those is 21/20 (Winner.com) to come from a United player and Billy Sharp, who has struck from the spot in the last two games, is 11/2 courtesy of bet365 to fire that opener.
Alternatively, BetVictor rate Conor Sammon and Jose Baxter at 7/1 and 9/1 respectively to break the deadlock in West Yorkshire.
Sheffield Wednesday’s backline held firm at Bolton in midweek and Ladbrokes mark 13/8 against the Owls managing another shutout as they welcome Fulham to Hillsborough this weekend.
Bet365 quote Carlos Carvalhal’s troops at 9/4 to combine that clean sheet with a victory and at the other end Fernando Forestieri is 11/2 (BetVictor) to open the scoring.
Slightly higher in the same market is Paddy Power’s 6/1 shot Atdhe Nuhiu and Stan James chalk the opener up at 4/6 to come from any Wednesday player.
At the New York Stadium, Stan James report early money at 8/11 for both Rotherham and Cardiff to find the net in their Championship clash.
Bet365 make the Millers 6/5 to be the first team on the scoresheet and the same firm quote 15/2 about Johnson Clarke-Harris putting United 1-0 up.
Elsewhere, William post 11/1 against Kadeem Harris opening the scoring for Barnsley at Blackpool, Curtis Main is 13/2 (bet365) to do likewise as Doncaster entertain Oldham and bet365 rate Chesterfield’s Lee Novak at 7/1 to grab the opening goal at Coventry.
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