Sheffield United kick-off their League One title bid with a tricky trip to a Gillingham side that tends to perform well on home soil.
Nevertheless, the Blades are fancied at 5/4 with Ladbrokes to get off to the perfect start and it’s 12/5 (Stan James) for them to return empty-handed.
A narrow United win seems the most likely outcome and punters in agreement can tackle BetVictor’s 9/1 about Nigel Adkins’s side registering a 2-1 triumph.
Less specifically, they’re 3/1 via Skybet to edge it by one and Paddy Power price the Blades at 13/5 to be in front after both 45 and 90 minutes.
Also in League One, Barnsley’s opener takes them to Cheterfield, where they’re currently trading as 13/5 outsiders (BetVictor) while the Spireites, now 6/5 with Paddy Power, have already been the subject of early support and Stan James quote 12/5 about the pair taking home a point each.
In a contest that’s 10/11 (William Hill) to see both teams find the net, bet365 go 7/2 about a score draw.
Doncaster’s first assignment meanwhile, is at the Keepmoat Stadium and bet365 mark 6/5 against them claiming a maximum haul at the expense of League One newcomers Bury.
Stan James price the clash at 12/5 to end all square.
Sheffield Wednesday begin the season with a home fixture against Championship newcomers Bristol City so it’s perhaps understandable that bookies are siding reasonably strongly with Carlos Carvalhal’s charges, BetVictor installing the Owls as 5/4 favourites to start as they mean to go on after4 a flurry of signings this summer.
Cautious Wednesday fans may wish to back their side at 4/7 in Stan James’s ‘Draw No Bet’market.
Rotherham get their Championship campaign under way against promoted MK Dons and home advantage ensures United are Winner.com’s 8/5 jollies to make a winning start.
Ladbrokes can expect plenty of cash for the 12/5 they chalk against a stalemate.
Alternatively, in what should be a tight affair, Millers supporters might like the look of Stan James’s 3/1 for them to shade it by one.
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