Sheffield United - Portsmouth Betting Preview: Back the Blades to punish Pompey

The hosts are unbeaten in 15 games and Willie Duncan is backing them to extend that run in style by taking all three points against Michael Appleton's men at Bramall Lane
Sheffield United will look to maintain their unbeaten start to the League One season when they welcome Michael Appleton’s Portsmouth to Bramall Lane on Monday night.

The Blades were knocked out of the Capital One Cup by Burton Albion back in August but, since then, Danny Wilson’s side are unbeaten in 15 matches in all competitions and can be backed at 4/5 (1.80) with Bet365 to take all three points against Portsmouth on Monday.

Pompey’s league form has been indifferent so far this term and Michael Appleton’s side languish 10 points behind the hosts coming into this game.

The visitors are chalked up at 100/30 (4.33) with Bet365 to take victory at Bramall Lane while the same firm go 13/5 (3.60) that the match ends in a draw.

Despite making a solid start to the season, the Blades have stuttered at home in recent weeks and it should be noted that four of the last five games played at Bramall Lane have ended in a draw while all five matches have featured fewer than three goals.

By contrast, goals have been a prominent feature in Portsmouth’s fixtures this season with just one of Pompey’s last 12 matches featuring fewer than three goals.

The Blades come into this match on the back of successive 1-0 victories over Preston North End and Walsall respectively and they can be backed at a chunky 13/2 (7.50) with Bet365 to make it a hat-trick on Monday while the same firm go 14/1 (15.0) that the visitors enjoy a 2-1 victory.

Nick Blackman has been in fine form for Danny Wilson’s side this season, the 22-year-old striker has netted six times in 14 appearances and the former Blackburn Rovers striker is chalked up at 4/1 (5.0) with Bet365 to score first.

Dave Kitson, who is expected to shake off a virus to face his former side, represents good value at 5/1 (6.0) with Bet365 to score the opening goal.

For Pompey, Izale McLeod has scored six goals in six games and he is available at 7/1 (8.0) with Bet365 to net first with the same firm offering a tempting 2/1 (3.0) on McLeod to score at any time.

Sheffield United, though, have hit a rich vein of form in recent weeks and they should be backed at Bet365’s juicy 4/5 (1.80) to win, with Kitson the value pick to heap more misery on his former employers with the opening goal at Bet365's 5/1 (6.0) quote.

Sheffield United to win at 4/5 (1.80) with Bet365
Dave Kitson to score first at 5/1 (6.0) with Bet365

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Willie Duncan is a freelance sports journalist. Willie, from Edinburgh, has covered Scottish football for over 10 years and he specialises in football betting markets from across Europe. You can also follow Willie on Twitter

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