Sheffield United v Bristol Rovers - Tuesday 19:45
Opposing Sheffield United has been a costly exercise in recent weeks. The Blades are continually being chalked-up at inflated prices in relation to their performance data but they repeatedly keep doing just enough to justify their position as frontrunners in the outright betting. So the decision to go after them once again isn’t taken lightly.
However, Bristol Rovers have the credentials to make a mockery of the 7/2 quotes available on the away win. The Pirates head to Yorkshire unbeaten in six, having come from behind to win their last two matches, on the back of snatching a draw from behind in their previous three. Such heroics only put credit in the confidence bank, essential gains for any newly-promoted side.
And when you’ve already played at Stamford Bridge this season - holding your own and causing a scare in the process - the prospect of playing at a half-empty Bramall Lane should hold no fears, not that Darrell Clarke’s men fear much in any case. The 3-2 EFL Cup defeat to Chelsea was a perfect demonstration of their masculine qualities: mental strength, spirit and stamina.
As if to emphasise their tendency to come strong late on in games, Rovers have the second-worst first-half record and the second-best second-half record. However, trips to Scunthorpe, Southend and Bradford have seen them reach the interval unscathed, so there’s mileage in the Draw/Bristol Rovers half time/full time outcome at 17/2.