Bookies predicting a tight affair as Blades face Walsall

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Walsall are League One’s lowest away scorers and nobody in the top half of the division has struck fewer home goals than Sheffield United so it could be a tight, low-scoring affair as the pair lock horns at Bramall Lane.

Subsequently, BetVictor offer just 8/13 about the match generating less than three goals, just as ten of the Blades last eleven in all competitions have done, and for more ambitious punters it’s 9/5 with Stan James for the teams to conjure up no more than one between them.

Expected to come out on top, Nigel Clough’s men are 9/5 via to defeat the Saddlers ‘to nil’, a United clean sheet is 27/20 (Ladbrokes) and at the other end, the Blades are 7/10 courtesy of betway to break the deadlock.

Meanwhlie, the match winner against Southampton in midweek, Mark McNulty, is bet365’s 5/1 first scorer favourite, Skybet rate both Michael Higdon and Chris O’Grady at a slightly bulkier 11/2 in the same market and a Jamie Murphy is 6/1 (William Hill) to fire the opener.

Seven of Sheffield Wednesday’s last nine matches have yielded fewer than 2.5 goals, a trend that’s 5/6 with Stan James to continue as the Owls travel to Craven Cottage to face Fulham. Nevertheless, bookies expect both teams to find the net (8/11, Stan James) and bet365 offer 11/8 about Stuart Gray’s charges doing so first.

More specifically, BetVictor make Stevie May 13/2 to give Wednesday a 1-0 lead and Paddy Power mark 8/1 against a Chris Maguire opener.

Also in the Championship, Rotherham’s Alex Revell is 8/1 at bet365 to net first at Wigan, Devante Cole is 11/2 (BetVictor) to do likewise for Barnsley against Leyton Orient in League One and William Hill quote Theo Robinson at 9/1 to open the scoring for Doncaster at Swindon. Finally, at Gillingham, bet365 price Armand Gnanduillet at 6/1 to put Chesterfield 1-0 up.

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