David Weir hasn’t enjoyed the easiest of starts to life in management at Sheffield United, who are languishing towards the foot of League One with just five points from their ten matches and the pressure is undoubtedly increasing on the rookie boss, whose side take on Coventry at the Sixfields Stadium this afternoon.
The Blades are 31/10 with BetVictor to bag their first victory since the season’s opening day and 13/5 via Stan James to share the spoils for the second consecutive league game. The visitors however, will be without former Birmingham and Coventry front man Marlon King – scorer of their equaliser against Crawley last weekend – and with goals proving hard to come by for Weir’s team, the Sky Blues look like a tempting proposition, especially at a top price of even money courtesy of bet365.
The fact that Sheffield United have lost all five of their away matches, lends further appeal to a home success while the Blades’ lack of cutting edge – in direct contrast to the attacking threat posed by Steven Pressley’s men who have only been outscored by high-flying Leyton Orient – suggests that a City victory ‘to nil’ is a solid wager at 5/2 (Skybet).
More specifically, BetVictor post 21/2 against a 2-0 Coventry triumph and betway chalk the Sky Blues up at a generous 9/4 to be in front at the end of each half – as they have been in all but one of their five wins so far.
Were it not for their ten point deduction, Pressley’s men would be on the fringes of the play-off places and a huge help in all of the positive work City have done so far, has been the form of striker Callum Wilson. The prolific youngster has racked up nine league goals so far and he’ll be well backed at 5/1 (BetVictor) to break the deadlock. Alternatively, bet365 price the 21-year-old at 11/8 to net at any point and the opener is 8/11 with Paddy Power to be struck by any City player.
Also in League One, Bradford look like a home banker as they tackle struggling Tranmere at Valley Parade. The Bantams come into the clash on the back of three straight victories while Rovers have lost four on the spin so it’s not difficult to flag the West Yorkshire outfit up at 4/6 via bet365.
Like Sheffield United, Tranmere are struggling for goals and as no team has conceded fewer home goals than Phil Parkinson’s side, a Bradford win ‘to nil’ stands out at 7/4 (BetVictor). However, City’s top scorer Nakhi Wells is sidelined for the clash, which reduces the hosts’ attacking threat a touch so a case can be made for a match tally of fewer than 2.5 goals at 19/20 with William Hill.