Whilst Sheffield United go into the match one point below the play-off places, Wednesday are just six points outside the relegation zone. Whilst they are probably too good to go down, both teams need the points, and so there is more than derby pride on the line here.
Sheffield United are 10/11 to win it and will be confident of doing so, not least as they won 4-2 at Hillsborough in the reverse fixture in September. Although United have the fifth best home record in the Championship, they have only one won of their last five at Bramall Lane, and that was against the bottom side, Sunderland.
Sheffield Wednesday are 15/4 to come out on top and whilst they have a modest away record this season, two of their three wins on the road have occurred in their last six away matches. They have lost five of their last six in the league though, so it would be a surprise if they won this game.
The draw is 13/5 and only three teams in the division have drawn more matches than Sheffield Wednesday this season. The Owls will no doubt look to keep this game tight, as they have scored 12 goals and conceded 16 in their 13 away matches this season. A close game could be the order of the day.
Leon Clarke is 18/5 favourite to score first, and with good reason. The Sheffield United striker is the top scorer in the Championship in 2017/18, with 15 goals. He scored last time out in the league at Derby, and got two when these teams met earlier in the season. He’s available at 10/7 to score at any point.
Jordan Rhodes is 14/5 to score anytime, or 7/1 to bag the first goal of the game. Three of his four league goals have come away from home this season, and if Gary Hooper is still out then he looks like Wednesday’s most likely scorer.
Predicted Score: Sheffield United 2 - 1 Sheffield Wednesday
Look out for:
Both teams to score, at evens. Only five Championship teams have seen this happen more often than Sheffield Wednesday this season, and United have only been in one fewer match where both teams scored. It has happened in five of the last six Sheffield derbies too.
Sheffield United to win and both teams to score at 10/3. United have been strong at Bramall Lane this season, but nine teams have kept more home clean sheets than them. Wednesday have almost averaged a goal per away game this season, so might get on the scoresheet.
It’s a long shot, but:
Sheffield Wednesday to win 2-0 at 25/1. The Owls’ previous away win was 3-0 (at Nottingham Forest), and only six teams in the Championship have conceded fewer away goals this season.
Written by Andrew Beasley
Andrew Beasley is a self-confessed stats nerd who tries to use facts and figures to his advantage when it comes to betting. Andrew is also a musician and a Liverpool fan who loves Mohamed Salah more by the game.