Sheffield United host the Championship’s teatime kick-off on Saturday, hoping to get back into the top two against a Birmingham City side that are struggling at the wrong end of the table.
The visitors will be scarred by their last three trips to Yorkshire, which have seen them take no points, score just once and concede 10.
In fact, they have taken just a solitary point in nine away games while the Blades have won seven in nine at Bramall Lane.
Therefore, it is of little surprise that the home side are heavy odds-on favourites at 8/13 (1.62) for a 46th win in 73 games under Chris Wilder’s tutelage.
Their 5-4 home loss to Fulham on Tuesday night in a thrilling clash suggests they are struggling to replace the injured Paul Coutts in midfield, whilst their visitors have already beaten Bristol City and Cardiff this term and are 9/2 (5.50) for a shock away win, or 11/4 (3.75) to claim a point.
If Birmingham are to register on the scoresheet, their most likely goalscorer is Che Adams, who has five goals in all competitions and is 16/5 (4.20) to net at his old stomping ground.
However, we still see value in getting the hosts onside as they continue their title push, and the South Yorkshire side are 9/5 (2.80) to win with a -1.0 handicap – which holds value given that the away side have lost by more than one goal on seven occasions this term.
The Blades rely largely on Billy Sharp and Leon Clarke; the former netted a brace at Burton recently and is 11/8 (3.38) to score any time, while the latter has bagged a remarkable eight goals in his last three and features in our best bet.
We recommend the 11/5 (3.20) on Clarke to score in a win for Sheffield United, who should have few problems bouncing back from their midweek hiccup to keep the pressure on Wolves at the top of the table..