Betting: Bookies says Blades are the derby underdogs

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Whenever Sheffield United and Bradford City have locked horns of late, the goals have tended to flow.

The pair have produced 18 in their last half dozen league duels and the likelihood of there being more than 2.5 successful strikes when they reacquaint themselves on Saturday is considered an even money shot by Betfred.

Home advantage accounts for Bradford City’s status as 5/4 favourites (Skybet), while United open as Paddy Power’s 2/1 underdogs, but they’re odds that look a little out of kilter with this fixture’s history.

The match stats team at point out that while three of the pair’s last six meetings have ended all-square, Valley Parade has been a happy hunting-ground for Sheffield United: they’ve lost there only once since 1987, a record which suggests that backing them to win at 2/1 or draw at 23/10 (Marathonbet) could pay handsome dividends.

Given Bradford’s impressive form this season, the weight of punters’ antepost cash has favoured the draw and BetVictor’s 6/1 for it to finishing one apiece is the correct score market’s most popular outcome, though less precise types may prefer the 7/2 available at Ladbrokes for it to finish as a score draw. United are 17/2 (Unibet) to win 1-0. Coral’s 8/13 for both teams to score will resonate with punters mindful of this fixture’s recent goalscoring history,