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22/09/2018 Kick Off:  3:00 pm Bramall Lane V Predicted Score:2 - 1

Away Preston North End

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Match Summary

1 Look out for:

Another 1-0. These teams met in the FA Cup last season, and all three games ended 1-0. Sheffield United are the favourites on Saturday and they’re priced at 6/1 with bet365 to win by that margin as part of the best football betting tips for this match. 

6/1 Sheffield United to win 1-0
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2 We fancy:

A couple more goals, with the hosts at 8/1 with 10bet to win 2-1. Give or take the odd goal, Preston are averaging one goal scored and two conceded in their eight games so far this term and this looks a decent bet in your football score predictions. 

8/1 Sheffield United to win 2-1
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One to Watch: Leon Clarke

Leon Clarke registered 18 goals in the Championship last season, which was the best goal return of his career. The 33-year-old is yet to hit the back of the net so far this term, but that’s surely set to change sooner rather than later. 

The longer his goal drought goes on, the more questions will be asked about whether he’s losing his edge as he approaches the twilight stage of his career. However, the striker will be keen to show that’s not the case and is the favourite to break the deadlock on Saturday at 9/2 with 10bet. 

9/2 Clarke to score first
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Team News

Sheffield United's Last Six:
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Defender Jake Wright is the only injury concern for Sheffield United. He broke his cheekbone in July, but Blades boss Chris Wilder has no other injuries or suspensions to worry about coming into this game. 

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The visitors have three players on the treatment table who are all set to miss out on this round of football predictions. Michael Crowe, Billy Bodin and Sean Maguire are all unavailable to Alex Neil for this trip to Yorkshire. 

Sheffield United vs Preston North End Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

Sheffield United host Preston at Bramall Lane on Saturday afternoon in the Sky Bet Championship

Preston come into this Championship preview sitting second from bottom in the table, with just one victory to their name in the opening weeks of the season. Sheffield United meanwhile have got off to a decent start and currently find themselves in sixth position. 

United are 49/50 in your Championship predictions, and they look like good value at virtual even money. The Blades have been inconsistent at the start of the new campaign, and have shown a soft underbelly with three defeats in their opening eight matches, but they’ve won four times and beat promotion favourites Aston Villa 4-1 at Bramall Lane a few weeks ago. 

Preston are 10/3 in your football betting tips for the weekend, as they go in search of just their second victory of the season. It’s a far cry from last season when the Lilywhites only missed out on the play-offs by two points. There’s still plenty of time for them to regroup of course, but Alex Neil’s side need to start picking up some points soon. 

The draw is 13/5 and the visiting boss would probably take that after back-to-back defeats against Leeds and Reading. Preston did beat United twice in the Championship last season, but they’re out of form at the moment and would gladly accept a point from this tough fixture. 

As well as 9/2 favourite Leon Clarke, Billy Sharp could be worth your attention as a first scorer football prediction. He’s priced at 5/1, while David McGoldrick is 11/2. For the visitors, Graham Burke and Louis Moult are both available at 9/1 in the same market. 

Predicted Score: Sheffield United 2 - 1 Preston North End

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