In the words of famous wrestling commentator Jim Ross, this one has the makings of a good old “slobber knocker”.
Both of these sides look to have a real go at the opposition. They’re both aggressive on and off the ball, and have no problem finding the back of the net.
Chris Wilder’s Sheffield United dominated large spells of their defeat at Derby last weekend, but after losing a lead late on to draw at home to Stoke on Tuesday they need a result to get themselves up and running again. Wigan, meanwhile, followed up a superb 1-0 win over West Brom last weekend with a defeat at Millwall that encapsulates the ups and downs of the Championship.
United are just about worth sticking on your wins accumulator at 4/6 with William Hill, but with an aggressive style that sees two of their three centre halves regularly join their attacks, they could become susceptible to a Wigan break. It’s with that in mind that I fancy a Sheff U win with both teams scoring at a more enticing 5/2 with Coral.
Wigan’s last few games have shown a somewhat concerning trend of conceding late goals. The Latics’ last two Championship defeats have seen Paul Cook’s side concede three times after the 80th minute mark, so we could well be in for some late drama at Bramall Lane. If you think it could follow that trend, a tenner on Sheffield United’s first goal to be scored after the 76th minute could leave you laughing at odds of 8/1 with William Hill.
Someone who certainly doesn’t mind playing against a Sheffield United defence is Wigan striker Will Grigg. The Northern Ireland international may only have three goals in the Championship so far this season, but has scored in each of his last two games against this weekend’s hosts. Grigg is a pretty large 14/5 with Unibet to find the net in the Steel City.
This game is tougher than it looks for the Blades, and their slight dip in form resembles a loss in form at the same point last year after a promising start to the campaign. Could that continue to rear its ugly head? If you think Wigan can make it back home unscathed then 6/5 (BetVictor) on the Wigan or Draw double chance market looks very promising indeed.
Championship Treble: £10 on Millwall (to beat Ipswich), Norwich (Brentford), and Swansea (Reading) returns £63 with BetBright.
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