Bookies lay odds on goalless first half at Sheffield United

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Sheffield United and Plymouth last met at Bramall Lane in a Championship clash back in February 2010 and on that day there were a whopping seven goals as the Blades shaded it 4-3.

However, a similar glut seems unlikely as the pair renew hostilities, bet365 chalking the FA Cup second round clash up at 14/1 to generate at least six goals and betway pricing the two teams up at 11/10 to conjure up three or more between them.

It’s even money at Stan James for both teams to find the net, though more confident home supporters might fancy Nigel Clough’s troops at 13/8 (BetVictor) to combine victory with a clean sheet.

United don’t tend to find first half goals easy to come by on their own patch, so a goalless opening 45 minutes might lure a few at 9/5 via and BetVictor offer 21/20 about the game’s first goal arriving after the 28-minute mark.

That opener is 4/9 at Stan James to come from Blades player, bet365 price Michael Higdon at 9/2 to break the deadlock and in the same market, Skybet rate Jamie Murphy at 6/1.

Sam Winnall is a 4/1 shot at Ladbrokes to put Barnsley 1-0 in front in their cup tie at home to Chester, BetVictor mark 9/2 against an Eoin Doyle opener for Chesterfield at MK Dons and bet365 go 17/2 about Nathan Tyson netting first as Doncaster visit Oldham.Sheffield Wednesday put their scoring woes behind them last Saturday, notching a couple in a 2-1 victory against Wigan and it’s 19/20 courtesy of William Hill for their Championship clash at Blackburn to also produce more than 2.5 goals.

It’s 8/11 at Stan James for both sides to strike, betway chalk the Owls up at 6/4 to be the first team to do so and last weekend’s two-goal hero Stevie May is an 8/1 shot with bet365 to fire the opener at Ewood Park, where Paddy Power quote Atdhe Nuhiu at 9/1 in the same market.

BetVictor meanwhile, make Tom Lawrence 11/1 to open the scoring for Rotherham, who travel to Cardiff.

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