League One Play-Off Betting Preview: Stevenage to score first against Sheffield United

Danny Wilson's Blades narrowly missed out on automatic promotion, while Gary Smith's Stevenage edged into the play-offs. Adam Bate is expecting momentum to be a factor early on
The emotions of these two sides could hardly be more different heading into their League One play-off semi-final first leg. Stevenage qualified for the play-offs after a late run of 13 points from five games saw them move past Notts County, Carlisle and Brentford to snatch sixth spot.

In contrast, Sheffield United needed just five points from their last three matches to pip rivals Wednesday to automatic promotion but failed to win a single one of them.

The Blades are still favourites to claim victory in this one and they have the quality to refocus and ensure they take up their Championship place alongside the Owls next season.

Sheffield United are 17/11 (2.55) with 188Bet to get an away triumph.

But the momentum would appear to be with Stevenage and with just three defeats at home this season they will fancy their chances of taking a positive result to Bramall Lane.

Stevenage are 6/4 (2.5) with 188Bet to win the game on the night. The draw is available at 11/5 (3.2).

A draw certainly would seem the most logical outcome here. That was the result when the two sides met last month in Sheffield.

The outcome that day was 2-2 and there has been no more common scoreline than that at Broadhall Way this season. You can back 2-2 at 14/1 (15.0) with 188Bet.

The more attractive bet if you expect a tight game may be to tip Draw/Draw in the HT/FT market. That would cover the possibility of a stalemate, which is the Boro’s most popular scoreline this season – occurring seven times.

Backing a draw at half-time and full-time is available at 4/1 (5.0) with 188Bet and is the value bet in this one.

But for the pick of the bets here, look to the ‘First to Score’ market as the recent form is revealing. Stevenage have netted the first goal in their last five matches, whereas Sheffield United have conceded the first goal in their previous five.

Factor in home advantage and the 49/50 (1.98) available with 188Bet for picking Stevenage to net first is the best bet in this one and looks extremely tempting.

Stevenage to score first at 49/50 (1.98) with 188Bet
Draw/Draw at HT/FT at 4/1 (5.0) with 188Bet

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Adam Bate is a professional freelance journalist who specialises in football and betting. He is editor of GhostGoal which can be found here - you can also follow Adam on Twitter