Betting: Early strike is a good bet for Blades

Sheffield United's Conor Coady celebrates his second minute goal at Notts County.
Sheffield United's Conor Coady celebrates his second minute goal at Notts County.
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In Sheffield United’s last five fixtures, a goal has been scored inside 20 minutes and for punters expecting that early strike trend to continue, Paddy Power offer even money for the deadlock to be broken inside the first half an hour as the Blades entertain Bradford.

It’s 7/2 with bet365 for the opener to arrive before ten minutes have elapsed and betway price United at 7/10 to be the team that grabs that first goal.

More generally, Stan James quote odds of 9/10 about both teams finding the net while 11/10 is available via BetVictor for the teams to produce three or more goals at Bramall Lane, where Stan James chalk Nigel Clough’s men up at 16/5 to prevail but also concede.

In terms of personnel, Jose Baxter heads the betting to net first at 5/1 with Skybet just ahead of on-loan newcomer Billy Paynter, an 11/2 chance at bet365 and Conor Coady, who took just two minutes to notch at Notts County last weekend, is 14/1 (BetVictor) to fire the opener again.

Sheffield Wednesday smashed six past Leeds last weekend but a repeat is deemed unlikely at Burnley’s Turf Moor, where the Owls are 150/1 with Skybet to net five times or more. Ladbrokes mark 8/15 against Stuart Gray’s men scoring at least once and it’s 3/4 ( for both sides to get on the scoresheet.

Connor Wickham was on target against Leeds and he’s 10/1 with bet365 to put Wednesday 1-0 up in this one. Alternatively, betway rate Reda Johnson at 20/1 in the same market following his opener a week ago and William Hill quote Caolan Lavery at 9/1.

At Oakwell, Stan James chalk Marcus Pedersen up at 15/2 to put Barnsley 1-0 up against Blackpool and it’s 16/1 courtesy of bet365 for Harry Forester to do likewise as Doncaster entertain Wigan.

Finally, Kieran Agard is BetVictor’s 11/2 favourite for the first goal in Rotherham’s League One contest at Shrewsbury and Skybet go 9/1 about a Gary Roberts opener for Chesterfield at Southend.

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