Nigel Clough hasn’t exactly weaved his magic wand since replacing David Weir at Bramall Lane, with Sheffield United having amassed 26 points from their 26 games played this term although the Blades came to life when winning 2-1 at Villa Park in the previous round of the competition.
Since then, the Yorkshire club have taken just a point from matches against Notts County and Bradford City, although a packed house will be hoping to cheer their team into the fifth round of the FA Cup and Ladbrokes free bet offer odds of 7/4 that we see the third tier team reach the last sixteen.
Last weekend’s match against the Bantams saw United fly into a 2-0 half-time lead only to finish up with a 2-2 scoreline, although Jamie Murphy found the net once again and now has three goals in his last five matches.
The 24-year-old is an 8/1 chance with Coral to score the first goal of this game, with Fulham manager Rene Meulensteen having to weigh up what sort of team to field ahead of Tuesday’s match at the Liberty Stadium just over 48 hours later.
We should remember that two divisions separate these teams and some will find the visitors’ odds of 9/5 too attractive to pass up on that basis, with Darren Bent sure to start after coming off the bench for the final twenty minutes at the Emirates last weekend.
Bet365 go 6/1 that the former England striker scores the first goal of the game, with Dimitar Berbatov and Clint Dempsey likely to be given the afternoon off, although Damien Duff and Pajtim Kasami are both likely starters.
It could be one of the weekend’s FA Cup ties that ends in a draw and odds of 5/2 that this match ends all square makes more appeal than either team at the prices, with neither side enjoying the winning habit at the moment.
It is worth noting that both teams have scored in each of Sheffield United’s last six matches, with Ladbrokes going 4/6 that this happens yet again and a 2-1 winning scoreline in favour of Fulham can be backed at odds of 10/1.
If you think the Cottagers can earn at least a replay, it might be worth more than second glance at the 5/6 with Sky Bet that the London side qualify for the fifth round of the competition, irrespective of whether they do this on Sunday or ten days later in a replay.
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