Sheffield United v Walsall - Tuesday 19:45
Just when it looked as though Sheffield United had League One by the short and curlies, a sloppiness has crept into their game that Chris Wilder finds difficult to comprehend. Fresh from lifting the League Two title with Northampton last season, the Blades boss isn’t going to tolerate a team that lacks the killer instinct to press home its advantage.
But that’s exactly what the Blades have been in their last three outings. Rampant wins over Port Vale (4-0), Shrewsbury (3-0) and Chesterfield (4-1) have now been forgotten, Wilder’s is more preoccupied with his frustration at narrow wins over successive opponents reduced to nine men and the concession of a late equaliser in Saturday’s one-sided encounter at Charlton.
The stats say United are now the strongest team in the section by some distance but the anecdotal evidence doesn’t encourage a heavy investment on the home win at 4/9 or them clearing the -1 handicap at 13/10. Instead, let’s hope the unreliability manifests in a different form here and back the Walsall/Sheffield United half time/full time bet at 25/1.
The Saddlers, under Jon Whitney, are nothing if not erratic and they are perfectly capable of playing the roles of both Jekyll and Hyde in the same game. Last season, Wilder’s Northampton rescued 23 points from a losing position. At United, he’s already rescued a dozen points, which includes coming from 1-0 down at the break to beat Oxford, Gillingham and Chesterfield.£10 Free Credit and a £500 Deposit Bonus