Hillsborough will host the first Sheffield derby in more than five years when Sheffield Wednesday face Sheffield United on Sunday afternoon.
This fixture has always been fiercely competitive and bragging rights have been dished out in equal measure, for, remarkably, both sides have won 48 of the 140 matches contested between the teams, with the remaining 44 fixtures ending all square.
It is the Owls, though, who have had the upper hand in the last decade, with Sheffield United winning just one of the last eight contests between these bitter city rivals.
The Blades, back in the Championship following their League One title triumph last term, have enjoyed a solid start to life in the second tier, having picked up 15 points from their first eight games – two more than Wednesday have collected so far this season.
Chris Wilder’s charges can be backed at 53/20 (3.65) with Betsafe to extend their advantage over Wednesday to five points with victory at Hillsborough, while the Owls are chalked up as a 53/50 (2.06) chance to leapfrog United in the Championship standings by beating the Blades; Betsafe go 49/20 (3.45) that honours remain even at the end of a hard-fought 90 minutes in the Steel City derby.
There have been goals scored at both ends in eight of Wednesday’s last nine matches in all competitions and Betsafe go 87/100 (1.87) that the trend continues in this clash, while the same firm go 113/100 (2.13) that there are more than two goals in the game – a selection that would have landed in both of Wednesday’s last two matches at Hillsborough.
The Owls are undefeated on their own patch so far this season and Carlos Carvalhal’s men, who have reached the play-offs in both of the last two seasons, will have high hopes of making home advantage count against the Blades.
Sheffield United, however, will have few fears about crossing the city, for Wilder’s team have won their last two Championship tussles on their travels – against Sunderland and Bolton Wanderers respectively.
Both teams will be fired up for what promises to be a full-blooded derby and Wednesday are decent value at 53/50 (2.06) to claim bragging rights against the Blades; the Owls’ defensive deficiencies, however, are a cause for concern and better value may lie in backing Carvalhal’s side to win a match in which both teams are on target.
Betsafe’s generous 71/20 (4.55) quote, therefore, for Wednesday to win and both teams to score could offer good value for punters ahead of Sunday’s all-Sheffield showdown.
|Both teams to score and Sheffield Wednesday to win at 71/20 (4.55) for a 1pt stake with Betsafe|