Blades tipped to enjoy double home victories

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PEGGED back frustratingly by a late Leyton Orient leveller last weekend, Sheffield United responded by conquering MK Dons at Bramall Lane on Tuesday and in what on paper looks to be a less tricky fixture, the Blades should make it back-to-back home victories by beating struggling Exeter, a result Sportingbet offer at 4/7.

Wary supporters will note that the Grecians, Victor Chandler’s 6/1 outsiders, have recorded consecutive wins in the space of the last week and sceptics can back them at 3/1 with Betfred to nick a draw but as Paul Tisdale’s charges have lost five out of seven on the road, Danny Wilson’s men have to be fancied.

United are 13/5 (bet365) to shade it by a one-goal margin and another 2-1 success, following hot on the heels of Tuesday’s, is a 7/1 shot courtesy of Ladbrokes. However, Exeter have only scored twice away this season, both goals coming in midweek, so a Blades victory ‘to nil’ at 2/1 via Skybet isn’t out of the question.

Subsequently, it could be worth backing Wilson’s troops at 6/4 in Stan James’ handicap market, where they kick-off a goal in arrears while a case can also be made for Paddy Power’s 7/1, posted against a 2-0 triumph.

Sheffield Wednesday remain a whisker above their neighbours in League One despite the 3-2 reverse at Carlisle and the Owls are Betdaq’s 2.2 (6/5) favourites to consolidate that position by gathering a maximum haul at Wycombe.

The home side (9/4, Boylesports) have won just one of their last six so Wednesday have nothing to fear from the trip; Gary Megson’s side are 17/2 with bet365 to grab the game’s only goal.

Elsewhere, Partybets rate the Owls at 4/1 to earn a crucial three points despite a drawn first half and for the cautious, recalling that the Chairboys have already accounted for Sheffield United this season, Stan James make Wednesday 8/13 in their ‘Draw No Bet’ market. At Oakwell, Barnsley are cracking value at 23/20 via Sportingbet to send rock-bottom Bristol City home empty-handed and staying in the Championship, a home win could also be on the cards for Doncaster, who Paddy Power quote at 7/5 to see off Coventry.

Chesterfield arrested a five-match losing streak by picking up a point at Rochdale but the Spireites are Totesport’s 3/1 underdogs ahead of the trip to Brentford, where they’re 13/5 (Victor Chandler) to draw while in League Two, Boylesports make Andy Scott’s Rotherham 7/4 to end an eight-game winless sequence by beating Northampton at the Sixfields Stadium.

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