Blades boss banking on ‘bus’ factor

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Wins can be like buses - you get one and then another comes along straight away; at least that’s what Micky Adams will be hoping after seeing his Sheffield United side finally register their first win since he took over at Bramall Lane in December.

It had been coming for the Blades, who have given themselves an outside chance of survival and they will hope to build on that victory against Nottingham Forest by getting a result at Watford.

Totesport make United 18/5 to make it back-to-back wins at Vicarage Road, where the Hornets, William Hill’s 10/11 favourites, have lost to Scunthorpe and Bristol City and drawn against the likes of Preston and Crystal Palace.

There’s plenty there to encourage United then and some might fancy them at 9/4 in Stan James’ ‘Draw No Bet’ market at odds of 9/4, although the bold may prefer Coral’s 11/1 for them to grab the only goal, as they have done in all three of their away wins this term.

Paddy Power chalk odds of 5/1 against a Blades success by a one-goal margin and Adams’ men are 9/1 with Betfred to collect three points despite going in on level terms at the break.

More guarded fans can tackle Betdaq’s 3.5 (5/2) for the clash to finish all square and Sheffield United are 9/10 with Partybets to avoid defeat by managing a win or a draw.

Sheffield Wednesday have improved on the road in recent weeks and they’re 11/10 with Ladbrokes to transfer that form to Hillsborough, where they face Notts County.

Bet365 make the Owls 11/4 to edge out the visitors by one and Sportingbet price Gary Megson’s side at 15/2 to finish on the right side of a 2-1 scoreline while Victor Chandler chalk 9/4 against Wednesday getting their noses in front early to ensure they possess a lead at both the interval and the final whistle.

At the City Ground, Doncaster are Totesport’s 5/1 outsiders as they face Nottingham Forest, although the hosts’ poor form suggests that Rovers might be worth a flutter in the handicaps where they are given a goal start by bet365 at odds of 5/4.

Also in the Championship, this time on Sunday, Barnsley head to Cardiff, where they will kick off as underdogs at 11/2 with Victor Chandler. The Tykes are 3/1 (William Hill) to hold the Bluebirds to a draw.

League Two leaders Chesterfield are available with Coral at a tempting 8/5 to pick up a fourth straight win as they head to stuttering Crewe, who have lost six of their last eight and Betfred rate Rotherham at 6/4 to get their promotion bid back on trick with a much-needed victory against second-placed Bury.

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