Nigel Clough’s men booked their place in the fourth round of the competition with an impressive 2-1 win over Paul Lambert’s Aston Villa earlier this month and the League One side will be hungry for more success when they play host to the struggling Cottagers this weekend.
The home side are chalked up at 6/4 (2.50) with bet365 to send their Premier League opponents crashing out of the competition on Sunday, while the same firm go 7/4 (2.75) that it is Rene Meulensteen’s men who claim their place in the next round with victory at Bramall Lane. The draw is chalked up at 23/10 (3.30) with the same firm.
Fulham required a replay against fellow Premier League side Norwich City to reach the fourth round, eventually coasting to a 3-0 win over the Canaries at Craven Cottage but, with the Cottagers firmly focused on preserving their Premier League status, they may endure a tough afternoon against the fired-up Blades.
Rene Meulensteen may well opt to shuffle his pack for this weekend’s fixture given that the FA Cup is unlikely to rank high in the Dutchman’s list of priorities for the remainder of the campaign and that could provide the League One side with an opportunity to spring another surprise on Sunday.
Nigel Clough’s men have lost just one of their last nine league matches at Bramall Lane and will be keen to further improve upon that impressive record against the west Londoners.
The chunky 3/1 (4.0) quote from bet365 for the Blades to lead at both half-time and full-time is appealing here, while the 4/5 (1.80) on offer from the same firm for Nigel Clough's men in the draw no bet market is also likely to attract plenty of support from punters.
However, with the Cottagers set to field a weakened side and the Blades keen to prove a point, there is value to be had in backing the League One side to win at a generous 6/4 (2.50) quote from bet365 and it is this price that is the recommended play for punters this weekend.
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