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Rupert Wyman 26th Feb 2009 - 0:14

Blades to slay The Tigers

Sheffield United travel to face an out-of-form Hull City in an FA Cup fifth-round replay at the KC Stadium on Thursday night.

The initial tie ended in a 1-1 draw at Bramall Lane meaning the sides have to do battle once again.

The Blades are the outsiders at 5/2 in the betting and this looks value as The Tigers are without a win in ten league games. This run has seen them plummet down the Premier League table and they are now in real danger of returning to the Championship after just one season in the top flight.

Hull are the 11/10 favourites to win the match within the 90 minutes but it would take a brave man to back City at such a short price. The draw is priced at 23/10.

The home side's players are generally not that much better than Sheffield United's. If it wasn't for their great run at the back end of last season, which resulted in promotion, Hull would probably be in about the same position as Kevin Blackwell's side in the Championship.

Hull do not have too many Premier League quality players and the difference between the sides is hardly anything as proven by the 1-1 draw, so the 5/2 has to be backed as it is where the value lies.

If you are unsure if the Sheffield side can get the job done in the 90 minutes they are 13/8 to qualify for the quarter-finals with Hull available at 4/9.

Greg Halford scored for the Blades at Bramall Lane and he can be backed at 5/1 to score again, but the smart money could be on striker Billy Sharp at 11/4 to open the scoring.

For a bit of bigger value it might be wise to look towards midfielder Nick Montgomery as he looks a big 7/1 to get on the scoresheet.

Hull's top-scorer Geovanni has been in and out of the side in recent weeks but Phil Brown could decide to start him against United. The Brazilian is 6/4 to get a goal within the 90 minutes. The value bet though here appears to be Bernard Mendy at 11/2 to get his third goal of the season.

Scorelines of 1-0, 2-0 and 2-1 to Sheffield United are all plausible with a 2-1 away win the preference at 12/1.

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