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With both sides failing to consistently find the net in the first half this season, Phil Kitromilides believes the second 45 minutes tonight will see more goals than the first

After the heartbreak of last summer's epic penalty shoot-out defeat at the hands of Huddersfield Town in the League One play-off final, Sheffield United have made an extremely positive start to the current campaign.

Sitting third in the table, the Blades remain the only side unbeaten in the division apart from runaway leaders Tranmere Rovers.

Meanwhile Notts County have also had a solid opening to the season, and sit just two places and a point behind tonight's opponents in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy. Bet365 price a home win at 7/5 (2.40), with Sheffield United available at 9/5 (2.80) and the draw offered at 12/5 (3.40).

With two fairly even teams it is worth looking slightly further afield for tonight's selection, and analysis of these two teams' first-half performances so far provide us with an excellent chance for investment.

Though these two sides have shown impressive form in the opening 45 minutes of matches they have been far from prolific in front of goal.

County have managed just two first-half goals at home in the six matches they have played, with United scoring the same number in their six first halves away from home.

Under 1.5 goals in the first half looks a banker then, but at 4/9 (1.44) it will attract only the most serious of punters. Instead, invest in more goals being scored in the second half than the first, available at the extremely attractive price of evens (2.00).

This bet has paid out in each of the Blades' last five matches, including the league meeting between these two sides last month, and would appear to be a great chance for punters to double their money.

For a slightly higher priced value bet, try backing a goalless first half at 9/4 (3.25) with this bet also paying out in the last encounter between the sides.

BET
OF THE
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BEST BET
VALUE BET
More goals in second half than first at evens (2.00) with Bet365
Under 0.5 goals first half at 9/4 (3.25) with Bet365

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Phil Kitromilides is a sports broadcaster working on radio and TV in London and Madrid. You can also follow Phil on Twitter.

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