Friday’s match at Broadhall Way resulted in a goalless draw which appears to have handed the initiative to the Blades, although The Boro will still be confident of springing a surprise, especially as they are unbeaten against both Sheffield clubs this season.
Gary Smith’s team claimed a 2-2 draw at Bramall Lane last month and they were actually 2-0 up in that game before goals from Richard Cresswell and Matthew Lowton saw Danny Wilson’s team nick an unlikely point.
Stevenage are 7/2 (Boylesports free bets) to go one better and win on Monday night to become the first team into the League One final and they certainly had chances to win the first leg, with Craig Reid coming close when hitting the crossbar.
The forward has scored in his previous two matches and looks a decent shout at 10/1 (bet365 £200 free bets) to score the first goal of this encounter, with the pressure on Sheffield United to come forward and serve up the game to their opponents.
The Blades may well prove too strong for their Hertfordshire opponents considering they will have a full house roaring them to a potential victory and odds of 10/11 (Paddy Power bookmaker) will be snapped up by plenty of customers.
However, the fact remains that the Yorkshire side are without a win in their last four games, although three of these have been on the road and they did produce a spirited comeback to claim that point at home to Stevenage.
Wilson played a cautious 4-5-1 formation for Friday’s first leg, although we might expect Richard Cresswell to start in attack for the second leg, especially as the former Stoke forward brings plenty of experience to the table.
Cresswell can be backed at 11/2 to score the first goal and United are an 8/15 chance (Sportingbet) to qualify for the Wembley final and a potential Yorkshire derby against Huddersfield Town for that golden ticket to the Championship.
The Blades are a standout 9/4 to lead at half-time and full-time, although they are not a team who have made life easy for themselves on occasions this season and a Stevenage HT Sheffield United FT bet can be backed at 28/1.