Blades ace Holt 14/1 to score first in Barnsley derby

Jason Holt has scored in successive games for United. Photo: Blades Sports Photography

Jason Holt has scored in successive games for United. Photo: Blades Sports Photography

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There was only the one goal when Sheffield United met Barnsley at Bramall Lane back in November and given the importance of the fixture, it could be just as tight as the pair renew hostilities in League One at Oakwell today.

Indeed, Stan James fully expect the teams to come up with fewer than three goals between them, offering that outcome at just 8/13 and it’s as high as 5/4 (BetVictor) for the game to generate three or more.

Moreover, it’s odds-on at 5/6 with Winner.com for at least one of the sides to keep a clean sheet, Paddy Power offer 9/5 about that being the Blades and a Tykes shutout is available at 13/5 via William Hill.

Bookmakers believe Nigel Clough’s men pose the bigger goal threat, BetVictor chalking them up at 7/10 to break the deadlock and with goals in each of his last couple of games, Jason Holt will be well backed at 14/1 (Stan James) to fire that opener.

At the other end meanwhile, bet365 go 6/4 about Barnsley netting first and Stan James mark a generous 9/1 against Jabo Ibehre putting Lee Johnson’s men 1-0 in front.

In the Championship, Ladbrokes quote odds of 17/20 about both teams finding the net as Sheffield Wednesday tackle Huddersfield, it’s a slightly skinnier 7/10 at betway for the Owls to do so first and Caolan Lavery is 13/2 (BetVictor) to be the man responsible for the opening goal at Hillsborough.

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