Sheffield United: Blades odds halved ahead of Reds clash

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Sheffield United were cut from 100/1 to 50/1 to lift the Capital One Cup after theirfourth-round win at MK Dons on Tuesday evening.

Their progression, however, does depend on avoiding favourites Chelsea, who are priced at 7/4 at BetVictor.

United to League One action this weekend when they face local rivals Barnsley, who are winless in their last three after shipping seven goals against Peterborough, Notts County and Bristol City respectively.

Danny Wilson’s men did nick a point against top of the table (and 13/8 title favourites) City at the weekend, but look set to come unstuck once more with United 17/20 favourites with BetVictor, Barnsley 7/2 and the draw 13/5.

Goals look a given, with both sides putting both teams to score punters in clover during October. Five of United’s last eight, and four of Barnsley’s last five games have given ‘yes’ backers a winning bet and that looks good value to go in once more at 3/4 with BetVictor. The Blades are 11/4 to ‘win and both teams to score’ with the 2-1 correct score 8/1 to land for a second United game in succession.

Elsewhere in the division, Chesterfield continue to struggle despite starting the season as League One’s perennial entertainers.

Paul Cook’s side have now drawn a blank in their last two and suffered back-to-back defeats from Walsall and Swindon. But the Spireites can bounce back when hosting Yeovil at the Proact Stadium on Saturday and are 37/40 to win their first game in four; the visitors 3/1 and the draw 5/2 with BetVictor.

Doncaster’s goalless draw with MK Dons was their first clean sheet in six league games and the point can revitalise their season ahead of their Yorkshire derby at Valley Parade on Saturday.

Bradford are 11/8 favourites with home advantage but look vulnerable at the prices; Rovers 11/5 and the draw 23/10. Sheffield Wednesday haven’t scored in 308-minutes of Championship football but are 17/10 favourites for their game against Charlton (15/8) this weekend.

Rotherham, who are 1/5 to preserve their Championship status for another year at the very least, welcome Middlesbrough to the New York Stadium on Saturday and despite home advantage BetVictor make the Steve Evans’ side the 2/1 underdogs, Boro 7/5 and the draw 23/10.