The last time Sheffield Wednesday and Rotherham locked horns at Hillsborough was in the League Cup back in August 2008, a penalty shootout settling matters in the Millers’ favour after the contest finished all square.
The teams are 5/2 with Stan James to be inseparable again as they renew hostilities at the same venue, it’s 6/1 courtesy of BetVictor for the 90 minutes to produce another 1-1 stalemate and bet365 make the pair 4/1 to once more be on level terms at the end of each half.
The same firm rate the Owls at 8/15 in the ‘Draw No Bet’ market, where Steve Evans’s troops are 29/20 (Ladbrokes) but bookies give the hosts the nod, Stan James installing Stuart Gray’s men as 11/10 favourites and Skybet pricing a United triumph at 13/5.
Winner.com quote a home win by a one-goal margin at 13/5, BetVictor chalk Wednesday up at 19/2 to register a 2-1 victory and the same scoreline in favour of the Millers is a considerably heftier 13/1 via the same bookmaker.
In what looks set to be a tight affair, the hosts might attract cash at 4/1 with Paddy Power to shade it following an inconclusive first half, Rotherham are 13/2 (William Hill) to do likewise and in the handicaps, United’s status as underdogs ensures they receive a goal start from bet365 at 3/4.
For the rest of the region’s teams, attention turns to the FA Cup this weekend. For Sheffield United that means a trip to League One counterparts Crewe and as the Blades prevailed at Gresty Road in the league less than a fortnight ago, they make the trip again as Stan James’s odds-on 4/5 favourites.
The Alex are 7/2 (betway) to eliminate Nigel Clough’s side from the competition at the first attempt and bet365 offer 11/4 about the tie requiring a replay but despite a home defeat to Barnsley last weekend, United should have the upper hand.
They’re 13/2 via BetVictor to grab the only goal, as they did in the pair’s recent meeting, any away win by one is an 11/4 chance at Skybet and Ladbrokes rate the Blades at 19/10 to be in front when the referee brings each half to a close.
At Oakwell, Barnsley face-off with League Two opposition in the shape of Burton Albion and buoyed by their victory at Bramall Lane last weekend, the Tykes are 17/20 with betway to reach the second round at the first time of asking.
Doncaster meanwhile, are looking to avoid a banana skin, Ladbrokes offering 2/5 about them emerging triumphant at non-league Weston Super Mare and on Sunday, BetVictor price Chesterfield at 4/6 to get the better of Conference outfit Braintree.
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