Betting: Blades are a long shot to cause upset at the Villains

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Sheffield United have looked stronger under Nigel Clough, the midweek reverse notwithstanding, but ahead of the mouth watering FA Cup clash at Aston Villa, it’s the Premier League outfit that are odds-on at 2/5 with Stan James to move into the fourth round at the first attempt.

The Blades are 8/1 via betway to cause an upset at Villa Park, where bet365 post 15/4 against them forcing a replay and it’s 5/1 (BetVictor) to be a score draw while more specifically, Ladbrokes offer 10/1 about a 1-1 scoreline.

Punters sensing a stalemate can also go for two inconclusive halves at 13/2 courtesy of BetVictor, Paddy Power chalk Clough’s men up at 5/1 in the ‘Draw No Bet’ market and in bet365’s handicaps, United receive a goal start at odds of 2/1.

Sheffield Wednesday are a team trying to avoid a shock as they visit non-league Macclesfield and Stan James price the Owls at 4/6 to swerve the banana skin at Moss Rose, where the Silkmen are 21/5 via BetVictor to demonstrate that the romance of the competition is still alive and well.

The same firm mark 3/1 against it finishing all square but on the back of their midweek win, the Owls should be too strong and they’re 17/2 (BetVictor) to net twice without reply. Alternatively, they’re 8/5 in bet365’s handicaps, when starting a goal in arrears and 6/4 courtesy of William Hill to lead at the end of each half.

At Oakwell, BetVictor have installed Barnsley as slight favourites at 11/8 as they entertain decent League One opposition in the shape of Coventry and after they picked up a decent point at Birmingham on New Year’s Day, the Tykes might be well backed at 31/10 with Ladbrokes to edge out the Sky Blues by one.

Doncaster meanwhile, also come up against opposition from the third tier, this time in the shape of Stevenage and Rovers too are expected to prevail, Stan James rating them at 8/11 to eliminate their opponents at the Keepmoat.

In League Two, Chesterfield should be well rested after their game on Wednesday was postponed so they’ll be a popular choice at 7/4 (BetVictor) to land a maximum haul at Cheltenham.

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