As they head to Wembley for the play-off final, Sheffield United might believe they are unfortunate to have not booked their place in the Championship already and the Blades are probably kicking themselves having conceded second spot to neighbours Sheffield Wednesday in the season’s final straight.
Just 90 minutes from promotion, it would be understandable if Danny Wilson’s men were nevertheless a touch anxious that all of their good work over the course of a long, gruelling campaign could come to nought and that’s exactly what could happen against a Huddersfield team looking to make it third time lucky after two years of play-off misery.
Bet365 make United odds-on at 10/11 to be playing football in the second tier next term while the Terriers are even money at best, via Stan James, to go up so it’s clear that bookies are struggling to separate the pair and there’s a similar pattern in the match betting across 90 minutes, where Betfred price both sides at 13/8 and Boylesports make Town narrow outsiders at 7/4.
The Blades however, struggled to break down Stevenage over two legs in the semi-finals and their weakness in front of goal could be their downfall against a Huddersfield attack led by the prolific Jordan Rhodes.
This combination lends appeal to Coral’s 10/3 for Simon Grayson’s charges to triumph ‘to nil’ as well as William Hill’s 12/1 for the Terriers to notch twice without reply and after the aforementioned Rhodes got back amongst the goals in the semis, finding the net in both matches against MK Dons, the Town front man looks the part at 4/1 in Ladbrokes’ first scorer betting.