Sheffield United FA Cup stats and betting, at a glance

Stefan Scougall - Sheffield United
Stefan Scougall - Sheffield United
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Hull boss Steve Bruce is without ineligible strike duo Nikica Jelavic and Shane Long so must now decide who to start in attack, with Sone Aluko, Matty Fryatt and Yannick Sagbo all vying for a place.

Tom Huddlestone is set to be fine to play after missing last weekend’s win over Swansea with a back problem. Steve Harper will start in goal.

Nigel Clough

Nigel Clough

Sheffield United manager Nigel Clough is hoping to choose from a full-strength squad.

Defenders Bob Harris (thigh) and Matt Hill (hamstring), striker Jose Baxter (hip) and midfielder Stefan Scougall (thigh) have all shaken off their respective injuries in the last week and will be available for selection.

Youngsters Connor Dimaio, Otis Khan and Louis Reed were handed starts in the midweek win against Rotherham, but are likely to make way on Sunday after Clough rested several of his senior players.

Top scorers (all competitions): Robbie Brady, Curtis Davies & Matt Fryatt (Hull) 4, Chris Porter (Sheff Utd) 9

Match odds: H 8-13 A 9-2 D 11-4

Referee: Andre Marriner (West Midlands)


Sheffield United may be up against Premier League opposition, in the shape of Hull, in their mouth watering FA Cup semi-final showdown at Wembley but the statistics still point to a low-scoring affair.

Eleven of the Blades’ last dozen matches have produced fewer than three goals, a trend that’s 8/11 with Stan James to continue and the fact that the Tigers’ two main strikers are cup-tied, lends appeal to those odds.

Some punters might want to go further by backing the clash at 9/4 (Skybet) to generate under 1.5 goals and travelling supporters can tackle bet365’s 7/2 about Nigel Clough’s boys keeping a fourth clean sheet in six outings.

For the more optimistic, BetVictor rate United at 8/1 to prevail ‘to nil’ and with the Blades likely to try and keep things tight, certainly in the early stages, a case can be made for the clash to be goalless at the break (15/8, Stan James).

In attack, bookies believe Jose Baxter provides the biggest goal threat for United and he’s a 9/1 shot at Paddy Power to break the deadlock. In the same market, BetVictor price Chris Porter at 10/1 and it’s 18/1 courtesy of bet365 for Conor Coady to fire the opener.

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