Bookies provide the lowdown on Blades’ low-scoring returns

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Despite their lofty League One position, Sheffield United are one of the lowest scorers in the division and indeed only a handful of teams have managed to find the net on fewer occasions than Danny Wilson’s men.

Subsequently, their home clash with Stevenage is given an odds-on quote of 8/11 by Stan James, to produce no more than two goals.

Similarly, bookmakers aren’t confident that both teams will get on the scoresheet, Skybet quoting 4/5 for at least one of them to draw a blank while Paddy Power post 6/4 against a United clean sheet and Ladbrokes offer 2/1 about a Blades victory ‘to nil’.

As is often the case, Nick Blackman is the favourite to break the deadlock, bet365 rating the United front man at 9/2 and for fans looking for heftier odds, BetVictor chalk up midfielder Kevin McDonald at 14/1 to fire the opener. That pair are 11/8 (bet365) and 11/2 (William Hill) respectively to strike at any time.

At the City Ground, Gary Madine is 21/2 with BetVictor to put the Owls 1-0 up against Nottingham Forest in a clash that’s 8/11 courtesy of Stan James to produce three or more goals. Jay Bothroyd is available at 15/2 (Stan James) to notch first.

Former Wednesday striker Marcus Tudgay is set to make his debut for Barnsley at Bolton, where bet365 rate him at 10/1 to make an instant impact by opening the scoring.

Chris Brown is 11/2 via BetVictor to get Doncaster Rovers back amongthe goals by netting first at Portsmouth.

Skybet post 11/2 against Rotherham marksman Daniel Nardiello handing the Millers a 1-0 lead against Cheltenham and BetVictor make Brennan Dickinson a 13/1 shot in the same market as Chesterfield entertain Oxford.

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