Betting: Low score likely at Hillsborough

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Sheffield Wednesday’s last five games have generated just six goals and that is sure to encourage punters to back a total of fewer than three at 5/6 with Stan James as the Owls face Cardiff.

Some may go further by tackling BetVictor’s 12/5, marked against a goal tally lower than two and Wednesday are 27/10 (Ladbrokes) to assist that bet by keeping a clean sheet, while bet365 quote them to prevail ‘to nil’ for the second week running.

William Hill quote odds of 13/2 for Leroy Lita to open the scoring.

Sheffield United have kept six consecutive clean sheets, a sequence they are 13/10 (Coral) to extend at Stevenage, and as the Blades’ last four have only yielded three goals, thanks in part to their defensive parsimony, a case can be made for the teams to conjure up fewer than three in this one (8/11, Stan James).

Dave Kitson is set to lead the line for Danny Wilson’s charges and he is a 9/2 via bet365 to put his side 1-0 up.

Alternatively, BetVictor mark 11/2 against a Jamie Murphy opener and bet365 rate Jonathan Forte at 6/1 in the same market.

After his goal at Bournemouth last Saturday, Doncaster’s Billy Paynter is a 7/2 chance at Paddy Power to score first against Portsmouth.

Jason Scotland is 15/2 (bet365) to add to his midweek opener for Barnsley by breaking the deadlock as the Reds play Watford at home.

Finally, in League Two, Jay O’Shea will attract first scorer cash ahead of Chesterfield’s trip to Oxford.

Daniel Nardiello, on the back of his brace on Tuesday, is a 5/1 shot with Skybet to hand Rotherham a 1-0 lead at Cheltenham.

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