Bookies bank on top Blades

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IT’S a case of top against bottom as Sheffield United lock horns with Hartlepool at Bramall Lane and taking into account the statistics it’s a clash that couldn’t really be weighted more in favour of the Blades.

United, priced at just 1/3 at best by Stan James, are unbeaten on their own patch, top of the league and in decent form having kept three consecutive clean sheets while BetVictor’s 19/2 outsiders arrive with only nine points to their name at the half-way mark in their campaign, they’ve lost seven of their last eight and haven’t scored in three.

It would take a pretty sceptical United supporter to oppose their team then and such is the difference in quality that Danny Wilson’s men are even odds-on at 10/11 via Skybet to be in front at the end of each half.

Similarly, bet365 rate the Blades at 20/21 in the handicaps, where they kick-off a goal in arrears and William Hill offer 11/2 for the home defence to again perform well, resulting in a 2-0 United success.

Elsewhere, a more emphatic 3-0 scoreline, matching that against Scunthorpe on Boxing Day, is 15/2 courtesy of Stan James and Paddy Power post 2/1 against Wilson’s charges winning both halves.

Sheffield Wednesday’s revival has come at exactly the right time given that, like the Owls, Peterborough have also found some form by winning three on the spin.

Dave Jones’ side still have plenty to do then if they are to pull clear of danger and they’re underdogs this weekend, at 11/5 (Ladbrokes), as they make the short journey to Huddersfield.

Bet365 make the hosts 13/10 to snap Wednesday’s winning streak by securing all three points and BetVictor rate the stalemate at 5/2 while travelling fans can back their team at 6/5 in Stan James’ ‘Draw No Bet’ market.

With the home side favoured, the Owls are helped in Skybet’s handicaps, where they benefit from a goal start but the Terriers are winless in eight so Jones’ troops should arrive in confident mood.

They’re 19/5 (BetVictor) to shade it by a one-goal margin and it’s 10/1 with bet365 for Wednesday to finish on the right side of a 2-1 scoreline.

BetVictor mark 19/10 against Barnsley securing a maximum haul as they entertain Blackburn and Ladbrokes make the Reds 12/5 to share the spoils with Rovers.

In League One, Doncaster are 9/4 (BetVictor) to overcome Preston at Deepdale and in League Two Stan James price Rotherham and Chesterfield at 8/13 and 5/6 respectively to register home victories against Accrington and Morecambe.

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