Hapless Sheffield United’s winless streak in League One now stands at nine matches after last week’s home draw against Crawley and things went from bad to worse for the Blades in midweek as they were eliminated from the Johnstone’s Paints Trophy by League Two outfit Hartlepool at Bramall Lane.
David Weir’s men, now 7/1 at bet365 for the drop, go in search of only their second victory of the campaign on Sunday as they head to the Sixfields Stadium to face Coventry and, given that they have lost all five of their matches on the road, scoring just twice in the process, it’s perhaps not surprising to see United chalked up as 31/10 outsiders by BetVictor.
The Sky Blues are William Hill’s even-money favourites to heap more misery on the beleaguered Blades while Stan James post 13/5 against a second consecutive stalemate and Ladbrokes post 7/1 against another 1-1 scoreline.
As underdogs, Weir’s charges benefit from a goal start in bet365’s handicaps at odds of 10/11 and for slightly bolder supporters, BetVictor rate the Blades at 19/10 in their ‘Draw No Bet’ market.
Travelling fans seeking positives ahead of the trip to Coventry’s temporary home in Northampton will note the hosts have won just one of their last four and those placing plenty of significance on that statistic can bag hefty odds on outcomes in favour of Sheffield United.
Paddy Power for example, price the Blades at 9/2 to sneak it by a one-goal margin, it’s 11/1 with Stan James for Weir’s team to fire the game’s only goal and Winner.com rate United at 8/1 to finally register a success having gone in on level terms at the interval.
Rotherham look slightly overpriced at 6/4 (BetVictor) to tighten their grip on a play-off place by getting the better of Swindon at the New York Stadium. The Robins are 19/10 at betway to be only the second side this term to defeat the Millers and it’s 12/5 via bet365 to finish all square, but the visitors have found the going tough on their travels and Steve Evans’s troops should subsequently have the edge.
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