Goals are on the agenda as Sheffield United battle Swindon


Swindon took an advantage back to the County Ground for their League One play-off second leg with Sheffield United, thanks to a late Nathan Byrne strike, but that may not be enough to secure them a Wembley trip.

The Robins are a far more assured attacking unit than they are at the back and Nigel Clough’s Blades should arrive in Wiltshire feeling confident of turning things around.

Ladbrokes make it a 12/5 possibility that United win the game, with a 10/3 price available on the Blades qualifying for the play-off final at Wembley.

With the away goals rule not in effect for these ties, Clough’s men know that they must win the game, and win comfortably, in order to overturn the one-goal deficit they currently face.

Judging by Swindon’s defensive record, that should be within reach. Mark Cooper’s side kept just one clean sheet in their final 10 games of the League One season, while the apple of Sean Bean’s eye rippled the net in 19 of their last 20 games in the same competition.

Both teams have scored in six of the Blades’ last seven games while that same punt has landed in four of Swindon’s last five assignments.

The bookie offers odds of 17/20 that both sets of fans have something to celebrate over the course of the 90 minutes, a price that is well worth piling into considering the aforementioned form.

Neither side has been in great form heading into the play-offs, with Swindon winning two of their last nine and United none of their last five before meeting, and it could be that extra time is needed to separate them.

However long it takes to find a victor, though, the game is certain to contain goals.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Matt Wiggins

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