Blades are odds on to reach the FA Cup third round

Flashback to last season's FA Cup semi-final - and Sheffield United are fancied to take another step on the road to Wembley when they host Plymouth on Saturday. Photograph: Stephen Pond/PA Wire

Flashback to last season's FA Cup semi-final - and Sheffield United are fancied to take another step on the road to Wembley when they host Plymouth on Saturday. Photograph: Stephen Pond/PA Wire

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Sheffield United are favourites to reach the FA Cup third round, in which the Premier League clubs join the competitiion, when they receive League Two Plymouth on Saturday.

William Hill consider the Blades to be 7/10 favourites to beat Plymouth, bet365’s 5/1 underdogs, at the first attempt, while Stan James post 14/5 against Nigel Clough’s men carding another stalemate to take the tie to a replay.

A 1-1 scoreline, popular of late for United, is a 7/1 shot courtesy of BetVictor and Ladbrokes quote the hosts at 18/1 to recover from a half-time deficit to finish on level terms, as they have done a couple of times recently.

BetVictor quote odds of 7/4 for the Blades to hold a lead at both the 45 and 90 minute marks.

In the correct score betting, a 2-1 scoreline in favour of United is on offer at 15/2 (bet365), supporters fancying a more comfortable triumph can back the hosts at 12/1 via Stan James to prevail 3-1.

Oldham’s strength on their own patch allied with the fact that Doncaster have already lost at home to the Latics this term, accounts for the fact that Rovers will start their second round clash at Boundary Park as bet365’s 10/3 outsiders.

Two divisions above their opponents, Barnsley are just 2/5 (Stan James) to get the better of Conference Chester while Skybet quote Chesterfield at 4/1 ahead of their tricky trip to League One counterparts MK Dons.

In the Championship, Sheffield Wednesday edged out Wigan on Saturday to end a winless streak but the Owls aren’t expected to frank that form this weekend, betway chalking them up at 3/1 to return from Blackburn (evens, BetVictor) with a maximum haul. Stan James make Wednesday 5/2 to collect a decent point, a goalless affair is a 12/1 shot with BetVictor and it’s 4/5 with Winner.com for the Owls to avoid defeat

Bolder travelling fans can back the Owls at 19/4 (Stan James) to sneak it by one and a 1-0 away success is 11/1 at Paddy Power.

Rotherham are without a win in seven and bookmakers don’t fancy them to arrest that slump at Cardiff, where they’ll kick-off as Ladbrokes’s 4/1 underdogs.

* Odds supplied by www.betrescue.com