Betting: Blades versus Dons tipped to be tight

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While Sheffield United were sharing the goals and the points in a classic six-goal Yorkshire derby at Valley Parade last weekend, Saturday’s opponents MK Dons were also conceding three times – except that, unlike the Blades, they failed to score three goals in reply, slumping to their fifth home defeat of the campaign.

No League One team has lost more times at home.

Conversely, however, only one team, league leaders Scunthorpe, has won more away matches than MK Dons, a statistic which makes their 15/4 starting price (Paddy Power) look a tad frothy.

United’s defence has been rock-solid at Bramall Lane, hence their 10/11 odds (Skybet) to secure maximum points, but there has been steady support for Matchbook’s 11/4 chalked against the draw, even though the sides are separated by 16 places and nine points in the table. The stats team at suggest the reason the stalemate and other close outcomes have attracted such consistent support is attributable to the pair’s head-to-head record

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