The Blades could run up a big score at lowly Shrewsbury on Saturday.
Sheffield United v Shrewsbury - Saturday 15:00
Sheffield United are building up a head of steam towards the top of League One, scoring goals for fun in their determination to unsettle the top two. Wins aren’t enough for Chris Wilder. Emboldened by what he achieved at Northampton last season, the Blades boss knows the value of going the extra mile as a means of generating momentum and big margins are the way forward.
In the last seven outings, United have scored 4, 3, 3, 2, 6, 4 and 4 goals respectively, including a 3-0 win against Shrewsbury at the Greenhouse Meadow a month ago, and they can keep up that fearsome trend by going at least one better this time around. Take the 4/1 available on over 3.5 home team goals, it’s a 3/1 shot on my tissue.
Paul Hurst has made a favourable impression in his first fortnight with Salop but a dogged draw at Southend, followed by victories in the FA Cup (Barnet), Checkatrade Trophy (Middlesbrough U23s) and a 2-0 success against Oxford that was on a knife edge until the final whistle might have given them false belief ahead of a task this size.
Based on respective shot data since the beginning of September, the home win should be more like 1/3 but the most attractive bets can be found in the correct score market. Back United 5-0 and United 5-1 at 40/1 and 50/1 respectively. For Hurst, a boyhood Sheffield Wednesday fan, it would be a painful way for his honeymoon to end.