Blades tipped for win

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As they head to Wembley for the play-off final, Sheffield United might believe they are unfortunate to have not booked their place in the Championship already and the Blades are probably kicking themselves having conceded second spot to neighbours Sheffield Wednesday in the season’s final straight.

Just 90 minutes from promotion, it would be understandable if United were nevertheless a touch anxious that all of their good work over the course of a long, gruelling campaign could come to nought but for those heading to capital in optimistic mood, bet365 make Danny Wilson’s men odds-on at 10/11 to be playing football in the second tier next term.

The Terriers are even money at best, via Stan James, to go up so it’s clear that bookies are struggling to separate the pair and there’s a similar pattern in the match betting across 90 minutes, where Betfred price both sides at 13/8 and Boylesports make Town narrow outsiders at 7/4.

With little between the duo in the odds, BetVictor’s 12/5, marked against it requiring extra-time will attract cash and stalemate fanciers can tackle Skybet’s 12/1 for the Blades to nick it in a dramatic penalty shootout.

Alternatively, William Hill quote Wilson’s charges at evens in their ‘Draw No Bet’ market and it’s 11/1 (Ladbrokes) to be goalless in normal time but having come so close to automatic promotion, finishing a full nine points ahead of the Terriers, United supporters might consider their team to be stronger.

Subsequently, Paddy Power’s 16/5 for United to come out on top by a one-goal margin after 90 minutes is set to be popular amongst the Bramall Lane faithful and in a contest priced by Stan James at 4/5 to produce fewer than three goals, just like both legs of the Blades’ semi-final, Coral chalk Wilson’s troops up at 15/2 to emerge as 1-0 winners. That double-header against Stevenage saw Sheffield United struggle to break their opponents down and they will need to improve in attack at one end whilst also shackling Huddersfield’s prolific striker Jordan Rhodes at the other.

Chris Porter, who was the man that eventually nodded the Blades into the final, is a 7/1 shot at Skybet to break the deadlock at Wembley and the same firm rate the United front man at 12/5 to get on the scoresheet at any stage.

Boylesports post 7/1 against a Richard Cresswell opener, bet365 quote Lee Williamson at 12/1 in the same market but in what should be a tight affair an early goal seems unlikely. It’s worth considering Coral’s even money for the first strike to arrive after the 28-minute mark. And Blades aren’t without appeal at 5/1 (Paddy Power) to triumph following a level first period.

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