Unlike the majority of their League One counterparts Sheffield United were inactive last weekend as several players went away on international duty but despite having played a game fewer than all but three teams, the Blades are still flying high in fourth spot in the division.
Subsequently, they’re Skybet’s 2/1 favourites to be crowned champions next May, as well as odds-on at 8/11 with William Hill to gain promotion and bookies are tipping Nigel Adkins’s men to move three points closer to that goal on Saturday as they welcome Bury to Bramall Lane.
BetVictor price United at 37/40 to secure a maximum haul at the expense of the Shakers, bet365’s 16/5 underdogs and it’s 5/2 at Stan James for the pair to share the spoils, just as they did in their last meeting here almost exactly three years ago.
That one was one-apiece, a result available at 6/1 (Paddy Power) in this one but on home soil Adkins’s troops should enjoy the upper hand and they’re 8/1 at Winner.com to notch twice without reply for the third home game on the spin. Alternatively, Ladbrokes mark 21/10 against the Blades holding a lead when both halves end.
In the Championship, mid-table Sheffield Wednesday come back from the international break to face a tricky away double header starting with a trip to Burnley on Saturday. The Owls head to Turf Moor as BetVictor’s 31/10 outsiders to overhaul the Clarets (evens, Stan James) and bet365 report support for the 12/5 they offer for Carlos Carvalhal’s team to earn a respectable point.
Punters fancying the latter can tackle bet365’s 4/1 about a score draw, BetVictor chalk Wednesday up at 2/1 in their ‘Draw No Bet’ market and for more confident visiting fans, the Owls are 9/2 (Ladbrokes) to edge it by a one-goal margin.
Rock-bottom Rotherham have take just one point from their opening five fixtures and they’re 5/2 (BetVictor) to double that tally at Charlton. The Millers meanwhile, are a 14/5 chance at Stan James to pick up their first victory of the campaign at the Valley, where they receive a goal start in bet365’s handicaps at odds of 5/6.
Back in League One, Skybet quote 8/13 about Chesterfield dragging themselves closer to play-off places by sending Colchester home from the Proact Stadium empty-handed and it’s 31/10 for the clash to end in a frustrating stalemate.
Barnsley are also jollies to come out on top as they host Swindon, albeit at a chunkier 8/5 (Stan James) but bookies are predicting a tougher afternoon for Doncaster; Rovers travel to high-flying Walsall, where they’ll kick-off as 10/3 chances (Winner.com) to register their first away success.
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