Sheffield United and Brentford might be the teams to go up automatically to the Championship this term, although there’s also the possibility that one of them could drop out of the top six altogether.
That’s just how tight things are in League One, with Brentford currently second in the table and victory in front of the Sky cameras on Saturday would be an enormous boost to their hopes of climing a rung on the Football League ladder.
Uwe Rosler’s team are a best price 11/5 with bet365 to claim three points and they will face a Blades team whose promotion challenge might be starting to derail at precisely the wrong time.
The Bees have won their last two matches and have one of the division’s top scorers in Clayton Donaldson who can be backed at 6/1 with Coral to score the first of this game. However, Sam Saunders has broken the deadlock in the team’s last two matches and the midfielder is a 12/1 chance to do it for the third time.
As for Sheffield United, they were enjoying a fine run of wins until recently, with the sale of Nick Blackman to Reading not seemingly affecting the team, although recent results saw them spanked 4-0 at Stevenage after failing to score against or beat MK Dons and Leyton Orient at home.
Danny Wilson doesn’t want the lottery of the play-offs again this term after the Blades were beaten in the final by Huddersfield last term, although failure to win this game would mean they are likelier to finish between third and sixth than first and second.
BetVictor go 29/20 about the home team claiming victory on Saturday and it’s a result which would help them to second in the table while they also have a game in hand on many of their promotion rivals.
Wilson needs to get that 4-0 hammering out of the players’ systems as early as possible, with Jamie Murphy having scored a couple of goals recently and the United striker is a 7/1 chance to score first which is probably better value than backing Dave Kitson at two units shorter.
Judging from the stats, it is easy to see Under 2.5 Goals in this match, especially with the promotion race so tight. We fancy that Brentford might be able to nick this one against a team that struggle at Bramall Lane when the pressure is on. BetVictor go 9/1 about a 1-0 away win and that sounds good to us.