Sheffield United vs Sheffield Wednesday Predictions, Betting Tips and Preview
Sheffield United and their near neighbours Wednesday will both be hoping to turn their recent form around, and the visitors will hope the recent managerial appointment may give them a much needed short in the arm ahead of Friday.
Game: Sheffield United vs Sheffield Wednesday
Venue: Bramall Lane
Kick-off: Friday, 12th January, 7.45
Sheffield United ran out 4-2 victors in the reverse fixture as their early season form saw them top the Championship and spend an extended period of time in the top two. The Blades have fallen away to seventh-place, a point behind rivals Leeds, but still 12 ahead of struggling Wednesday.
Sheffield Wednesday sacked Carlos Carvahal after losing five of six to further slide down the table, and they’ll be hoping the appointment of Jos Luhukay will give them a much-needed boost. The Dutchmen is relatively inexperienced although can boast several promotions from Bundesliga II.
Notably, Nuno Santos and Thomas Christensen have shown that foreign appointments without recent English experience isn’t necessarily a bad thing as both those sides have transformed their style of play. But Luhukay will be thrown in at the deep end as Wednesday chase their second away win in this fixture since 1967.
Sheffield United are odds-on favourites despite the dipping form of both clubs. United have can be backed at 20/23 with Betfair, whilst the draw is available a 5/2 with Bet365. Sheffield Wednesday are best odds 37/10 with Unibet.
Home advantage has been key in the steel city derby, with the home support aiding the hosts in taking points in 19 of the last 24 meetings. Despite the away sides shortcomings, draws have been prevalent with the hosts only winning nine themselves. United have won one of nine and Wednesday one of 10, and a loss for either side would not help the mood in either camp.
Back our Free Betting Tip: Draw at 5/2 with Bet365
Of the nine draws between the sides over the past 24 games, only once has the goals total surpassed two. This particular meeting has the makings of a very cagey affair and a slow burner. Neither side will want to give much away. The pair already have 14 draws between them this season, eight of which have finished 1-1.
Back our Score Prediction: 1-1 at 6/1 with BetFred
Sheffield Wednesday haven’t been a reliable source of goals on the road and may freshen up their line-up here. United have scored in 22 of 23 at home and despite going quiet recently, Leon Clarke can still boast nine goals in his last six home games and should be a threat here.
Back our Scorer Prediction: Leon Clarke at 10/7 with Bet365