Sheffield United’s promotion bid continued with victory over local rivals Rotherham United at Bramall Lane, Jack O’Connell breaking the deadlock with just five minutes gone and Rotherham compounding their problems by having a man sent off in the early stages of the match. Mark Duffy banged-in United’s second to secure for the home side another valuable three points in a match during which they dominated for lengthy periods. That vital win leaves the Blades sitting on 68 points with just two points separating them from second-placed Leeds United as things stand.
Chris Wilder’s men have been excellent on home soil this season with twelve wins and three draws from their eight outings at Bramall Lane. Indeed they have tasted defeat just once in their last fourteen with nine wins coming their way during this time and they will be confident of continuing the momentum when Brentford come to town this week.
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Brentford head into this match on the back of an excellent 2-1 win over promotion-hopefuls Middlesbrough at the Riverside Stadium and they now find themselves just six points behind sixth-placed Derby County with a game-in-hand over most sides above them in the division.
Nevertheless while Brentford may have enjoyed a much-needed win at Middlesbrough last time out, this was only their second win on their travels this season and they have been leaning heavily on their decent home form. With this in mind, we’ll be siding firmly with the hosts on Tuesday evening, visitors Brentford likely to manage little more than a consolation goal, Paddy Power Bookmakers going 13/5 on Sheffield United to win and both teams to score.