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IRON THE UNDERDOGS AT BRAMALL LANE

27 December 2014

The Iron go into Sunday’s clash against Sheffield United as underdogs, despite extending their unbeaten run to nine games following the victory against Rochdale.

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Scunthorpe are 18/5 to come out on top at Bramall Lane, while the hosts are favourites at 7/10. Football League sponsors Sky Bet offer odds of 5/2 for the match to finish a stalemate.

The Blades currently lie sixth in the League One table following their 2-1 Boxing Day defeat to Port Vale, and are six points ahead of Scunthorpe.

The sides have faced each other 40 times in the past, averaging three goals per fixture. The odds of there being over 2.5 goals in this particular tie are 5/6, with the bookmakers offering the same odds for there to be less than two goals.

Scunthorpe are evens to win with a handicap of plus one, while Sheffield United have double-your-money odds of winning the game with a handicap of minus one.

The Iron have scored in their last nine games and Sky Bet rate the chances of both teams to grab a goal on Sunday at 4/5.

Paddy Madden scored what proved to be the winner on Friday and he is Scunthorpe’s most likely goal-scorer against Sheffield United, according to the bookies. Madden is 15/2 to break the deadlock against Nigel Clough’s side, while Sheffield United’s Michael Higdon and Mark McNulty are joint favourites for first goal-scorer at 9/2.

After making it nine games unbeaten, Mark Robins’ side are 40/1 for promotion from League One, having moved up to 17th in the table. Meanwhile, Sheffield United are fifth-favourites at 9/2.

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