Betting: Chance for Blades to stop rot

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The Blades fell foul of “NewManageritis” at Brunton Park last weekend when Carlisle took all three points courtesy of a sole second-half strike. Unbeaten Preston are the visitors to Bramall Lane on Saturday and this looks a great opportunity to get United’s season, belatedly, up and running.

David Weir’s side are 6/4 at BetVictor to gain their second win of the campaign with the Whites 19/10 and the draw at 23/10. The Lancashire side are 7/2 for promotion with United out to 10/1 after their disappointing start to the campaign. Wolves are out to 11/8 for the title after their midweek home loss with Posh 7/2, Preston 14s and the Blades now out to 50/1 at BetVictor. Some sympathetic Wednesday fans might be interested to know that the Blades are now the same price (10s) to be relegated as they are to be playing in the Championship next term.

Preston have averaged two goals a game and we bet 5/6 that both sides find the back of the net at Bramall Lane; remember place a five-fold or upwards on this market and if one of the games lets you down we will refund your losing stake as a free bet up to £25.

Wednesday were left frustrated by 10-man Yeovil last weekend and remain without a Championship win this term ahead of their trip to St Andrew’s at the weekend; Blues boss Lee Clark is under fire and Birmingham City have not yet won at home this season. That said Blues can leapfrog the Owls with a win but I take Dave Jones’ men to get that elusive first win of the campaign. Wednesday are 21/10 to return with all three points with Blues 6/4 and the draw at 23/10.

Wednesday are 9/2 for the drop with Birmingham 9/4 ahead of Saturday’s clash with Yeovil 2/5 and Barnsley now 11/10 at BetVictor after back-to-back defeats on the road this week at Forest and Bournemouth. The Reds entertain Watford at the weekend with the Hornets 11/10 favourites, Barnsley 27/10 and the draw 12/5.

I think the 27/10 for the Tykes is too big; Watford’s only win on the road this term was at St Andrew’s and they were, arguably, fortunate to get a late winner against Doncaster midweek when the foul for the winning penalty looked outside rather than inside the penalty area. David Flitcroft’s troops know they are in a battle for Championship survival and must make Oakwell a fortress. With Leicester, Reading and QPR next up for the Reds, this is a game they must get at least a point from.