SHEFFIELD United finished nine points ahead of Huddersfield in the League campaign but that will count for nothing when these two great Yorkshire rivals clash at Wembley this Saturday in the League One Play-off final.
A late Chris Porter goal was enough to secure victory over Stevenage in the semi final and the Blades are slight favourites at 4/5 to lift the trophy and join neighbours Wednesday in the Championship next term.
Porter is 13/2 to bag first or last and 7/4 to score during ninety minutes. United are 13/8 to win in regulation time with the draw 12/5 and Huddersfield 9/5. Sheffield United are 9/1 to win in extra time and 12/1 to win on penalties.
Not surprisingly Terriers hitman Jordan Rhodes who has scored an amazing 40 goals this term is Bet Victor’s 7/2 favourite to open the scoring and if United are to progress keeping him quiet is a must. Huddersfield won 3-0 at Bramall Lane back in September with Blades gaining revenge 1-0 in February at the Galpharm. It’s no secret United have struggled for goals and results since losing Ched Evans but the squad is good enough to compensate his loss.
Whoever goes up will be around 25/1 for next season’s Championship, the same price as champions Charlton with Wednesday 20/1. The early money has been for big spending Leicester who have just splashed £1 million on Fleetwood forward Jamie Vardy. The Foxes are 6/1 favourites from an opening 8/1.
Needless to say the team that misses out this weekend will be hugely disappointed but highly fancied for the League One title next term so check out Betvictor.com for all our additional markets on the play-off final alongside our early divisional quotes. England ran out convincing winners of the first Test of the summer at Lord’s earlier in the week but this is a first choice England side whereas West Indies would be a different proposition with Chris Gayle opening the innings.
The two sides meet again at Trent Bridge on Friday with Tino Best who joined the squad on Wednesday likely to replace Shannon Gabriel who has returned home for the tourists with Ravi Rampaul still struggling with a neck injury. England are 2/5 for the Nottingham Test with the WIndies 13/2 and the draw 7/2; the weather looks set fair but apart from Shiv Chanderpaul you don’t get the impression many of the tourists’ batsmen have the ability to play a long innings.
We can’t split Alastair Cook, Jonathan Trott and Kevin Pietersen at 7/2 to be top England bat in the first innings with the Lord’s centurion Andrew Strauss 9/2 and Ian Bell, who looked in excellent touch, at 6/1.
Chanderpaul is 5/2 to once again be top bat in the tourists’ first innings with Darren Bravo 7/2 and Adrian Barath 9/2. England are 8/15 to have the highest opening partnership with the visitors 11/8; Barath looked badly out of sorts at HQ and it looks as if Gayle will not be available until the third Test at the earliest although he is likely to return to the fold for the ODI’s later in the summer.
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