A score draw between Sheffield United and West Ham appeals most in their Friday Night Football encounter.
The Blades dropped home points to Watford when last in Premier League action at Bramall Lane on Boxing Day.
Away defeats to Liverpool and last season’s champions Manchester City are understandable, but this Hammers team are now managed by David Moyes again. A return to West Ham has divided opinion among fans.
What cannot be argued with, however, is the fact that under Moyes the team have won consecutive games for the first time since August. There was an instant reaction to his comeback.
The Hammers demolished Bournemouth 4-0 in the league and then made it a third away in five on the road across all competitions with an FA Cup victory at Gillingham.
Such a third round tie looked like a potential banana skin for West Ham, but two second half goals ensured they followed-up on Moyes’ second dugout debut.
Sheffield United resumed winning ways themselves in the FA Cup, edging non-league outfit Fylde 2-1 at Bramall Lane.
Blades boss Chris Wilder rang changes for that tie, but Moyes took the Hammers’ game more seriously in terms of selection.
Why a score draw between Sheffield United and West Ham appeals
Four of the last six meetings between these two teams have resulted in a score draw. That makes best odds of 19/5 with BetVictor for that to happen again are well worth considering.
They include the reverse fixture at the London Stadium in October where Robert Snodgrass struck for West Ham before half-time.
Sheffield United substitute Lys Mousset levelled things up six minutes after coming on to take a Premier League point back to the Steel City.
The form of that battle between the Blades and Hammers could well prove true.
As Sheffield United have only kept three clean sheets in a dozen games since, their expansive style of play far from guarantees keeping things tight at the back.
West Ham, meanwhile, have scored six in two games under Moyes but stopping the opposition scoring against them on the road is something of a novelty.
Backing both teams to score and the spoils to be shared makes sense, then.
Bet of the Day: 19/5 with BetVictor, a score draw between Sheffield United and West Ham.