Monday 22 April: 3pm
It was a Good Friday indeed for Sheffield United. They beat Nottingham Forest 2-0 in the early kick-off and then sat back and watched their promotion rivals struggle. Defeat for Leeds United at home to Wigan Athletic not only wrecked plenty of betting coupons but also left Sheffield United in second place, ahead of Leeds on goal difference. With just three games to go, the Blades travel to Hull City looking for three more invaluable points.
Hull City’s promotion hopes probably ended on Friday when losing 3-2 at West Brom. That didn’t look like being the case when they came from 1-0 down to lead 2-1 before conceding two late Dwight Gayle goals blew them away. The defeat left them in 10th place and seven points adrift of the final promotion place wth just three games remaining.
Three consecutive league victories had put them in with a chance of a top six finish. However, losses at Middlesbrough and West Brom seem to have condemned them to another season in the Championship. Hull City now host Sheffield United and they will give their rivals a tough game.
City are on a 12-game unbeaten league run at home with nine wins and three draws. 29 goals have been scored in those matches and four of the last five have been won. It doesn’t quite make up for the fact they have lost seven of their last eight away league games, hence their only being 10th. It’s 11/4 (3.75) with SkyBet that Hull City can dent their opponents promotion hopes with a win on Monday.
Sheffield United moved into second place in the Championship when beating Nottingham Forest on Friday. That was the early kick-off and when Leeds United went 1-0 up against ten-men Wigan, they probably resigned themselves to dropping back to third. Then Athletic did United a real favour by coming from behind to win 2-1 and keep the Blades in second-place.
Easter Monday again sees them playing before Leeds. Their promotion rivals travel to Brentford later in the day and could well be three points behind by then. Sheffield United are 1/3 (1.33) at Ladbrokes to go up this season and 8/15 (1.52) at Bet365 to win automatic promotion.
With leaders Norwich only drawing on Friday, United are five points behind the league leaders and 9/1 (10.0) at William Hill to win the title. Their run-in sees them playing this game at Hull, followed by a home game against bottom-of-the table Ipswich Town before a final game at Stoke City. United have only lost one of their last 15 league games but have drawn two of their last three league matches. You can get odds of 12/5 (3.4) at Unibet on this game ending level which may or may not be a bad result for the away side come the end of the day.
United aren’t exactly playing like promotion candidates on their travels. Only three of their last eight away league games have been won. There are odds of 11/10 (2.1) at Betfair that they can win at Hull City on Easter Monday.
Hull City have won four of their last six games against Sheffield United. Both teams have scored in four of those games and the odds on that happening on Monday are 3/5 (1.6) if placing your bet at Betway.
No injuries reported but squad rotation is possible over this busy period.
Low Scoring Game Likely
The last three games between these two teams have only seen four goals scored. There have been under 2.5 goals scored in each of the last five Sheffield United away league matches and nine out of ten overall. BoyleSports will give you 23/20 (2.15) on under 2.5 goals being scored in this match.
With Billy Sharp not scoring in recent months, Enda Stevens has stepped up to help United get promotion. He’s scored in two of the last three games and is 9/1 (10.0) at 888sport to score on Monday.
The Other Kane
Harry is out injured at present but Todd Kane scored twice for Hull on Good Friday. He hadn’t scored since September 2018 and is 17/2 (9.5) with Bet365 to score against Sheffield United.
There have been plenty of twists in the Championship promotion race. Sheffield United have the upperhand on Leeds at the moment but that could all change. Hull is a tough place to get a win and a bet on a draw with under 2.5 goals scored is 7/2 (4.5) at Betfred.