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More Murphy magic to seal another Sheffield Utd FA Cup shock

| 25.01.2014

Sheffield United have only lost four of the 16 games since Nigel Clough took over as manager in October and the Blades can shock Fulham on Sunday at 17/10.

Clough’s side caused an upset when deservedly beating Aston Villa in the third round, where goals from Jamie Murphy and Ryan Flynn sealed a 2-1 victory.

Murphy has only made 10 appearances so far this season but he has scored four goals and the lively striker from Glasgow is one of several striking options for Clough.

The former Motherwell man is 9/4 to score at any time, and given that he started against Bradford in a 2-2 draw last weekend, he looks set to feature again on Sunday.

Bet on Jamie Murphy to score anytime at 9/4

Also likely to start is Jose Baxter, with the former Everton man finding the net four times in five games during December; he’s 6/1 to score first, as he did in the second round against Cambridge United.

Whilst goals have not flowed overly freely for the Blades this season, it’s encouraging to note that they have scored in 11 of their last 13 matches in all competitions.

Their defensive record at home is also solid as the Yorkshire side have conceded 14 goals in 13 matches, but their last two wins have been achieved despite keeper George Long being beaten.

Bet on Sheffield United to concede but win at 4/1

As a result the 4/1 for the home side to win and both teams to score also makes some appeal.

The bet would have landed in six of the clubs nine wins in all competitions this season.

Whilst the hosts are unbeaten in their last five matches at Bramall Lane – and have only lost three at home all season – their opponents Fulham only have one win in their last four matches.

That came in an FA Cup replay at home to Norwich where both sides fielded weakened teams and boss Rene Meulensteen looks set to favour the same tactics on Sunday.

His side face Swansea on Tuesday and the Dutchman is focusing on the club’s Premier League dogfight, where they currently lie just one point and one place above the relegation zone.

Meulensteen said: “There is not one country in the world that would let someone play in a fourth round of the cup on a Sunday and then play an important league game on Tuesday.”

Well, unfortunately for the disgruntled Dutchman there is: England.

Bet on Sheffield United to win at 17/10

Since beating Sunderland on the opening day of the season, Fulham have only recorded two away wins and those were against Crystal Palace and Norwich.

Their defensive record is woeful – they have conceded 22 goals in their last seven Premier League matches – and Sheffield United will really fancy their chances of finding the net, and in turn causing another upset.

As Clough (Jnr), who lost as a player in the 1991 FA Cup final with Nottingham Forest, said: “It’s about the glory of the day.”


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Nic Doggett