Coventry City - Sheffield United Betting Preview: Why backing a low-scoring encounter can prove profitable

Steven Pressley's side have made a fine start to the campaign but our tipster anticipates a dour clash when the Sky Blues meet David Weir's out-of-sorts Blades on Sunday
Sheffield United's dismal start to the season continued in midweek when the Blades were knocked out of the Football League Trophy by League Two side Hartlepool and David Weir’s men will seek a much-needed victory when they take on Coventry City at Sixfields Stadium on Sunday afternoon.

The Blades were amongst the pre-season favourites for promotion but have won only one of their opening 10 league games and are rated as a 5/2 (3.50) chance to claim their second victory of the league season on Sunday.

Coventry City, by contrast, were considered by many as candidates for relegation this term after suffering a 10-point penalty for entering administration in the summer.

Steven Pressley's side, though, have hauled themselves up the league table, collecting a respectable 17 points from their opening 10 matches of the campaign and are chalked up as 19/20 (1.95) favourites with
William Hill to win again this weekend. The draw is available at 12/5 (3.40) with the same firm.

The Sky Blues have scored more league goals – 23 – than any other side in the bottom half of League One so far this season and should that form continue they are likely to cause problems for Weir's shot-shy side.

However, it is worth noting that Coventry have netted just once in their last three matches and, with Sheffield United having managed just six league goals thus far this term, there may be value in backing fewer than three goals to be scored at a generous even money (2.0) with William Hill.

Pressley's men will be hoping that 21-year-old striker Callum Wilson rediscovers his scoring touch this weekend.

Wilson has scored an impressive nine goals in 10 league appearances for the Sky Blues so far this season and William Hill are offering punters 3/1 (4.0) that the former Tamworth striker scores at any time in a home win this weekend – a special "headline offer" from the odds compilers.

Blades backers may be tempted by William Hill's "headline offer" of 7/1 (8.0) that their own 21-year-old striker – Jose Baxter – nets at any time in a win for Weir's struggling side.

Coventry are sure to attract plenty of support at 19/20 (1.95) with William Hill to win on Sunday but better value is to be had in backing fewer than three goals to be scored at an appealing even money (2.0) with William Hill here and that is the recommended play for punters this weekend.

Under 2.5 goals at even money (2.0) 1pt stake with William Hill

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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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