Sheffield Wednesday’s defence has long been leaky under Jos Luhukay but appears to have become even more charitable in the matches leading up to the season’s first Steel City derby at Bramall Lane, where Sheffield United have been in fine form.

Sheffield United vs Sheffield Wednesday: odds and predictions

Chris Wilder’s high-fliers are priced up at just 52/100 for a victory that would see them re-submit the Championship table ahead of Leeds and Norwich’s Saturday engagements.

Luhukay’s plummeting visitors are 11/2 match-betting underdogs and are on a run of four successive defeats, while the draw that’s copped in the last two editions of this fixture on Blades territory is a 16/5 pick.

Our Sheffield United vs Sheffield Wednesday predictions suspects the recent loosening of Wednesday’s already-loose grasp of the defensive fundamentals should see the hosts prevail comfortably.

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Sheffield United vs Sheffield Wednesday predictions: correct score, best bet, scorer tips

Correct score prediction: Sheffield United 4-1 Sheffield Wednesday @ 22/1

No Championship side have accrued more home points than United this term and the Owls have the misfortune of straying onto their patch at precisely the moment a statement success would reinstate their nemeses at the top of the division.

The Blades haven’t routinely run riot in amassing their Bramall Lane tally, but they’ve already bagged four in a game twice there this term, including when beating Wigan two games back.

Against a side that haven’t kept a league clean sheet all season and have been hit for three, three and four goals across their last three outings, they should be able to run up a big score again.

Our Sheffield United vs Sheffield Wednesday predictions can’t see them keeping a clean sheet though, with only two of their nine visitors this term denied a goal.

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Best bet: Sheffield United to win and both teams to score @ 9/4

Four of the Blades’ five home wins this term have also rewarded the BTTS boys, as have five of the past six games Wednesday have participated in.

Wilder’s men are the third-highest-scoring team in the division and also its third-highest home scorers, but there are 13 teams with a better defensive record on their own patch.

As such, Wednesday are tipped to keep their end of the goal-getting bargain as part of our Sheffield United vs Sheffield Wednesday predictions, in their ultimately-doomed attempts to avoid derby-day disappointment.

Goalscorer predictions: Leon Clarke to score anytime @ 5/4

Billy Sharp is currently within three strikes of his best ever goal-haul at this level, but he’s 10/11 in the anytime scorer odds, whereas our preferred Sheffield United vs Sheffield Wednesday prediction is 5/4.

Clarke may only have notched once this term, but the former Owl’s strike did at least come in the three games since his return to the side.

The kicker when it comes to our selection is his superb record against Wednesday – with his brace in last season’s Hillsborough derby taking his tally against them to six goals in as many meetings.

Sheffield United vs Sheffield Wednesday stats: Opta

  • In all competitions, United have lost only one of their last 15 home games against Wednesday (W5 D9), a 1-2 defeat in February 2009.
  • The Owls have lost each of their last four league fixtures. They haven’t been beaten in five successive matches since December 2012 when they lost seven in a row.
  • United and Wednesday met at Bramall Lane on a Friday last season – a goalless draw in January in Jos Luhukay’s first game in charge of the Owls.

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