Blades hot favourites to beat lowly Crewe

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Sheffield United have the ideal opportunity to tighten their grip on a play-off place this weekend as they come up against League One strugglers Crewe at Bramall Lane and bookies are confident Nigel Clough’s charges can collect a crucial three points.

Ladbrokes rate the Blades as 2/5 favourites to get the better of the Alex,’s 9/1 underdogs and it’s 21/5 at BetVictor for the spoils to be shared, as they have been in plenty of United’s recent encounters.

Subsequently, there could be interest in some quarters in the Blades carding a fourth 1-1 stalemate in eight outings at 17/2 via bet365, Stan James quote 6/1 for the teams to go in on level terms at the end of each half and for those expecting both teams to find the net (5/4, William Hill), BetVictor price a score draw at 6/1.

The visitors though, have lost three on the spin so even though United haven’t been at their best of late the formbook definitely points to a triumph for Clough’s men, who are even money with Skybet to defeat goal-shy Alex ‘to nil’.

More accurately, it’s 5/1 (betway) for the Blades to notch twice without reply, and Stan James chalk them up at 5/6 to be in front when the two halves conclude.

Barnsley picked up a decent point against promotion-chasing Preston and they face another high quality opponent this Saturday as they head to League One leaders Bristol City. Another share of the spoils for the Tykes is a 3/1 shot with Skybet and a repeat of last week’s 1-1 scoreline comes in at 15/2 (William Hill) while Ladbrokes chalk a score draw up at 4/1.

The Robins however, are strong favourites at 13/20 via BetVictor, with Lee Johnson’s team 9/2 courtesy of bet365 to cause an upset and as a result hand Barnsley a goal start in the handicaps at 6/5.

Chesterfield are 3/4 with to keep their top six hopes alive at the expense of visiting Walsall.

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