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Price Boost: Fulham striker can put Sheffield Utd to the sword

| 03.02.2014

When Sheffield United come to Craven Cottage, they’ll encounter a side whose confidence, if it’s at all possible, has fractured further since their 1-1 draw at Bramall Lane just over a week ago.

That draw against Nigel Clough’s League One improvers – they’ve lost just four times since he took charge 18 games ago – is part of a four-game winless run for Rene Meulensteen’s side, although that’s not enough to render them the outsiders.

The Cottagers are 8/13 to win the match, with the Blades available at 5/1 and a draw rated as a 11/4 possibility.

However, it’s in the first goalscorer market that the value is attributed, with Darren Bent receiving a price boost on his odds to break the deadlock.

The former Tottenham man is now 9/2 to score first in this FA Cup replay, out from 4/1. Even though he is a large reason as to why the first match ended level, missing a chance with four minutes to go that Sandra Redknapp could have scored,  he still represents a decent bet.

Fulham’s number 39 has scored five goals in 24 appearances for the west London club this season, hardly a glowing endorsement of his skills admittedly, but the strikes he does have to his name indicates a sixth is on the cards here.

A creature of clear home comfort, Bent has notched four of his tally at Craven Cottage while scoring in two of his last three FA Cup appearances.
What’s more, Aston Villa’s former bench warmer has broken the deadlock in three straight games in which he’s found the net.

Finally, it matters very little whether the 29-year-old plays from the off or is introduced off the pine, as he’s notched three times as a substitute while also scoring in two of his last three starts.

All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.

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Matt Wiggins

No idyllic sound comes close to leather on willow for Matt, whose previous experience includes stints with Spin Magazine and Surrey County Cricket Club. It's not just cricket that interests him though, with football, golf, tennis and any American sport not played on ice all high on his list of favourites.