Port Vale v Sheffield United Betting Tips: Blades to wrap up title in style

15:00/Apr 14

Football writer Thomas Giles takes a look at Friday’s League One fixture between Port Vale and Sheffield United at Vale Park.

These two sides have had vastly different aims this season with Port Vale simply looking to survive in the division, something they’ve not yet completed, whilst Sheffield United, having already achieved promotion, are looking to claim the title as well and can do so here.

Port Vale are facing a huge last few games as they look to keep hold of their League One status. However, they are currently just one point off safety and have a game in hand over rivals Gillingham. Having said that, they do not have any momentum following a run of three defeats in their last five games.

The Valiants’ main problem has been at the back with an alarming 63 conceded in 41 games. However, they have kept two clean sheets recently so perhaps there are signs of hope. Although, against a Sheffield United side going for the title, it could still be a cricket score if they are not careful. Furthermore, they are not fantastic in the final third with no goals scored in their last two and just three scored in their last five overall.

Despite this general misery surrounding Michael Brown’s side, Vale have been excellent at home with no defeats and three wins in their last four at Vale Park.

Sheffield United beat Northampton Town in their last match to secure promotion back to the Championship with four games to spare. They will now be looking to claim first prize and, as they are nine points ahead of second, they look very likely to do so.

Chris Wilder’s side have been brilliant in the final third and it is no wonder that they are the division’s top scorers this campaign. Their striker and club legend Billy Sharp was recently awarded with the League One Player of the Season award thanks to his phenomenal campaign which has seen him top the league’s goal-scorers charts. United have also scored in each of their last ten games.

Although they have not needed to be, defensively they haven’t been outstanding and only have the fifth-best Goals Against record in the league.

The Blades have been magnificent away from home throughout the season and top the Away Form table with 40 points from 21 games. Additionally, they are unbeaten in their last seven on their travels.

Port Vale may be great at home, however, I do fear for them here given they have a shoddy defence which could really struggle against this Sheffield United forward-line. ‘Sheffield United to Win & Over 2.5 Goals’, at 11/8, really stands out. There has been ‘Over 2.5 Goals’ in 91% of the visitors’ victories away from home this season.

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