Bookies rate Blades win a sound 5/4

Bryan Robson will insist it is still early days but he, like the Sheffield United supporters, must be at least mildly concerned by an unconvincing start to the season that sees the Blades lying 19th after four matches.

By The Newsroom
Thursday, 13th September 2007, 12:41 pm
Updated Thursday, 13th September 2007, 3:20 pm

A victory against sixth-placed Wolves at Bramall Lane however would certainly be an indicator that things were getting back on track for United who are 5/4 with Portlandbet to send Mick McCarthy’s 12/5 outsiders (Betdaq) back to the Black Country empty-handed. Bookies will be expecting interest in the draw; up by Coral.co.uk at a high of 9/4.

The Blades will take heart from the fact that they saw off another promotion contender, in the shape of West Brom, in their last home game, and punters seeking value in the correct score betting could therefore do worse than opt for the 7/1 Stan James post against Robson’s troops grabbing the game’s only goal, as they did against the Baggies.

Finally, with a goal in each of United’s home games, James Beattie will be the danger man and the ex-Everton man can be backed at an alluring 5/1 with bet365 to open the scoring.

Two sides that threatened the fringes of the play-offs last season, few were expecting Sheffield Wednesday and Preston to start quite as badly as they have and it will be interesting to see which of the pair find some form as they go head-to-head at Deepdale.

The Owls are 5/2 with William Hill to snap a sequence of four straight defeats by returning with maximum points while a worrying fifth loss in a row for Brian Laws’ men is classed as an 11/10 chance by Blue Square.

Given the dismal form of both sides however, a draw (9/4, VCBet) seems the best bet and with the hosts short of goals, it would be no surprise if neither side broke the deadlock; an outcome SportingBet quote at 17/2.

Barnsley complete a South Yorkshire trio of clubs occupying bottom six spots in the Championship with defensive fragility undoubtedly a concern for boss Simon Davey.

Nevertheless, they look a decent bet at 5/4 (Extrabet) to obtain three points at Oakwell where they entertain Scun-thorpe, although for those undecided about the match outcome, the most attractive wager will be Blue Square’s 10/11 for the contest to yield three or more goals.

Another team that have made a worse start than they had hoped for is Doncaster but they should record their first home win of the campaign against a changeable Crewe side at the Keepmoat Stadium, where a home win is a tasty 9/10 with Portlandbet.

In League Two, high-flying Chesterfield hold considerable allure at 6/4 (bet365) to pick up three points from their derby clash with Mansfield at Field Mill while Rotherham, at 13/8 with William Hill also look primed for an away win as they go to bottom club Wrexham.

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