Sheffield United-Notts County Betting Preview: Don't expect fireworks for the start of the new season

The long wait for the new season is over, as the Magpies take on the Blades in League One tonight, our tipster is backing a tight affair at Bramall Lane
Notts County travel to Bramall Lane this evening to take on Sheffield United to kick off the new Football League season. Just 75 days after Yeovil beat Brentford in the League One playoff final at Wembley, the new campaign starts for one of the favourites for the title.

Since being relegated in the 2010-11 season, the Blades have been hotly tipped to gain promotion back to the second tier of English football. However, United have failed to live up to their pre-season hype, losing out in the playoffs in the last two season.

Sheffield United come into this match after appointing a new manager, David Weir over the summer. Weir wasn’t the only new face to emerge at Bramall lane, with the likes of Fabian Brandy, Stephen McGinn and Sean McGinty coming into the squad.

Despite finishing fifth last season, the Blades were poor at home, winning only nine of their 24 league games at home. William Hill price them as favourites for this match at 19/20 (1.95) to take the three points.

Notts County have also had a busy summer in the transfer window, bringing in six new faces, including Danny Haynes and Mustapha Dumbuya.

This summer has been manager Chris Kiwomya’s first pre-season with the team after replacing Keith Curle at the start of February. County will be looking at a top 10 finish this season after finishing 12th last term. William Hill price the Magpies at 3/1 (4.00) to win the match.

William Hill also price the draw at 23/10 (3.30) which seems to be a fantastic price. Sheffield United’s home form cost them a top two finish last season, drawing almost half of their home league games. With Notts County also drawing 11 matches away from home last season, it’s worth taking advantage of this price.

For those looking for more value, backing the score line to finish 1-1 at 7/1 (8.00) with William Hill is worth investing in. Had you backed this result the last time these two sides met at Bramall lane, then the bet would have landed. It’s also worth noting that nearly a third of County’s away draws last season ended in this score line.

The match to end in a Draw at 23/10 (3.30) 1pt stake with William Hill Correct Score 1-1 at 7/1 (8.00) 0.5pt stake with William Hill

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