Strugglers score with the bookies

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Derby have failed to score in their last three and that run is 13/10 with Partybets to be extended to four at Bramall Lane as Sheffield United and the Rams lock horns.

However, the Blades haven’t kept a clean sheet in seven and more punters are therefore likely to plump for either both teams to score at even money (888Sport) or Betdaq’s 2.25 (5/4) for the contest to generate a minimum of three goals.

Ched Evans is the 6/1 favourite at bet365 to grab the first and Paddy Power price the striker at 15/8 to get on the scoresheet at any stage.

United boss Micky Adams hopes loan signing Sam Vokes will recover from a hamstring injury and if he does, he’ll be well backed at 6/1 with Stan James to break the deadlock.

At Brunton Park, plenty of Sheffield Wednesday fans will risk a few quid on Gary Madine at 6/1 with Ladbrokes to strike first against Carlisle, the club he left in January. Neil Mellor is also a 6/1 shot, this time with William Hill and the Owls duo are both 2/1, courtesy of Paddy Power and Coral respectively, to find the net at any time.

Barnsley front two Garry O’Connor and Danny Haynes are both 6/1 at Totesport to put the Tykes 1-0 up as they entertain Norwich and Victor Chandler rate a Jason Euell opener at 9/1 as Doncaster welcome Watford to the Keepmoat Stadium.

In League Two, Adam Le Fondre is 5/1 with Coral to notch first for Rotherham United at Burton Albion while Chesterfield’s Jack Lester is a 5/1 chance in bet365’s first scorer market as Chesterfield face Morecambe.

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