Which Sheffield club will show the most steel?
Monday’s Steel City Derby is massive. It’s absolutely massive.
Sheffield United are right in the thick of a promotion battle, but at this stage of the season, any slip-ups – not least against your biggest rivals – will be most unwelcome.
Wednesday, who are still unbeaten under Steve Bruce, are threatening to make an under-the-radar push towards the play-offs. The Owls are six points off the top six, but with the form they’ve shown under their new gaffer, that gap may yet close in the coming weeks.
Four of the last six Steel City Derbies have ended all square, and that’s exactly what I’m tipping for Monday. Wednesday are unbeaten at Hillsborough since November, and have been mightily impressive under Bruce – winning their last two matches and heading into this full of confidence.
The Blades, however, are strong away from home. Chris Wilder’s side have lost just one of their last nine on the road, making a closely-contested draw at 5/2 look a likely outcome.
With five clean sheets in their last seven, it’s clear that Steve Bruce has already made his mark on Wednesday’s defence.
Couple this with Dean Henderson’s four clean sheets in five for United, and you have a fixture with under 2.5 goals written all over it – which is what I’m backing next.
The last two Sheffield Derbies have ended goalless, which is another key indicator of what we might end up witnessing.
I’m whacking 1.5pts into this one.
My third tip is for Sheffield United to receive the most corners.
The Blades average 5.85 corners-per-match (2.35 more than Wednesday), but more importantly, only Brentford concede more corner-per-match than The Owls (6.5), which is why 8/11 is a good price to put 2pts into.