Monday 4 March: 7.45pm KO
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The Steel City derby takes place on Monday and it’s an important game for both sides. Wednesday are resurgent under new boss Steve Bruce and could yet get into the play-offs. United are third in the Championship and will go back into the automatic promotion places if they can win this game.
Sheffield Wednesday are 14th in the Championship and you’d think that they’d be more concerned about avoiding relegation than winning promotion. That’s not the case because this is one tight division.
Wednesday are 14 points above the bottom three, so no worries there. However, they are only seven points adrift of sixth, which is the final promotion play-off position. It’s still 150/1 (151.0) at Unibet that Wednesday can go up this season, but a few more wins will see those odds tumble.
They are unbeaten in their last seven league games and are yet to lose since Steve Bruce took over as manager. Both of the last two have been won and the wins over Swansea City and Brentford were both achieved on home territory. That took their unbeaten home league run to eight games with the last defeat being back in November. It’s 5/2 (3.5) that Sheffield Wednesday win this game.
Sheffield United are 8/15 (1.52) at Bet365 to win promotion this season. They start the game in third position in the table and three points behind second-placed Leeds United with this game in hand. United have a better goal difference than Leeds and a win will take them back into the second automatic promotion place.
United haven’t lost any of their last six league games and have only one defeat in the last 12. 17 away league games this season have produced 28 points with eight wins, a number only bettered by league leaders Norwich and fourth-placed West Brom.
They have won their last three league games and the odds on them making it four on Monday are evens (2.0) at Paddy Power. Only one of their last nine away league games have ended in defeat with two of the last three ending all-square. You can get 5/2 (3.5) at BetVictor on this game being a draw.
The last two games between these sides have ended in a goalless draw. It’s 9/1 (10.0) at SkyBet that we get another 0-0 on Monday. That’s possible as United have kept four clean sheets in their last five games. Wednesday have only lost one of their last six home games against United.
Sheffield Wednesday v Sheffield United Team News
Sheffield Wednesday are hopeful that Jordan Thorniley and Morgan Fox will be fit for this match. United will have defender Jack O’Connell make his return after being out for three games due to a hamstring injury. It’s possible that George Baldock may also be fit.
Under 2.5 Goals Possible
Five of the last six Sheffield Wednesday home league games have had under 2.5 goals scored in them. That’s also happened in three of the last four games between these two teams. The odds of under 2.5 goals being scored on Monday are 3/4 (1.75) at Betfair.
Billy Sharp is Sheffield United’ top scorer this season. However, he hasn’t scored in the last three games since his Villa Park hat-trick. He must be due a goal and loves the big occasion and is 9/2 (5.5) at BoyleSports to score the first goal on Monday. He’s 7/5 (2.4) at Betway on scoring at any time in the game.
Fletcher in Form
While Billy Sharp has been short of goals, the same cannot be said of Steven Fletcher. He’s scored three goals in the last two games and will be a handful on Monday. Fletcher is 2/1 (3.0) at William Hill to score on Monday and it’s 13/2 (7.5) at SportPesa it’s the first of the night.
Steve Bruce has yet to taste defeat since becoming manager of Sheffield Wednesday. Four of their recent games have been against sides in the bottom five with all against teams in the bottom half of the table. Playing third-placed Sheffield United (who Bruce used to manage) is a far tougher task. Wins breed confidence though and a bet on a draw with both teams scoring looks good. The odds on that are 17/5 (4.4) at Ladbrokes.