SHEFFIELD UTD are odds-on for their League One clash with Crawley Town this evening but have won just one home game in their last seven.

The Blades were the pre-season favourites for the League One title and while they're still in with a chance of achieving it the play-offs are looking more and more likely.

They are fifth in the table, eight points off top spot and six adrift of the second automatic promotion place. They do have games in hand though, which if they won, they'd go second.

Danny Wilson's side have only lost six times this term – the lowest amount in the entire division – but have drawn far too many, especially at home.

At Bramall Lane, United have drawn their last three 0-0 and the 3-0 win over Colchester in February is their only league victory in front of their own fans since Boxing Day. In fact, they have won just seven of 19 at home this season, a win percentage of 37 per cent.

Crawley Town have risen through the divisions in recent years and after finishing third in League Two last time were fancied in some quarters to earn another promotion to the Championship. Things haven't quite worked out after a bright start though and with just five games to go are in 13th place with 58 points.

In fairness to Richie Barker's men though, they haven't been losing too many recently. Similarly to their opponents, they have been drawing most of their matches which would do us just fine tonight. The Reds have been defeated only once in their last nine and once in their last half dozen away from Broadfield Stadium.

Sheffield United need to start winning games if they want to secure promotion back to the Championship but don't seem to have the creativity to put teams to the sword, especially at home. Crawley are a resilient outfit and have been underestimated by the Betfair market for this one. Therefore, with United trading around the 1.79 mark, I have to make them my lay of the day.

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Lay Sheffield United v Crawley Town @ 1.79

Milesey (Betfair)

  1. Milesey 11 years ago

    What is lay betting?.

    “I bet you won’t get a bullseye”; “I bet you won’t finish all that”; “They’ll never win if he plays.”

    We all make statements to friends like this every day. What you’re actually doing is ‘laying a bet’: betting something won’t happen.

    Betfair have made lay betting possible.

    For example have you ever thought Roger Federer was way too short to win an event, but couldn’t decide who was going to win the tournament?

    Problem solved – by laying Federer, you are effectively backing the field to beat him. Much easier to cheer the whole field!

    Like anything too good to be true, there is a catch. Should your selection win, you’ll pay the backer his winnings, which could be a lot more than the stake. Just be careful how much you decide to lay.

    Laying bets sometimes causes controversy because you are betting on someone/something losing – but it has always happened that way.

    If you back one horse to win a race, then by default, you are betting AGAINST every other horse in the race – you can’t cheer them all to win!

    Betfair simply make the process simpler, cutting out the bookmakers’ margins.

    In many sports or markets, such as a tennis match or under/over 2.5 goals in football, betting on one side is exactly the same as laying the other option.

    How do the odds work for laying?

    Imagine two everyday scenarios – flipping a coin and rolling a dice.

    You and your mate each put a fiver on the coin toss. One calls Heads, the other gets Tails, and whoever wins gets £10.

    You backed Heads for £5 to win another £5. The odds you received were evens or 2.

    Or looking at it another way:

    You laid Tails. You let your mate have £5 on Tails to win another £5, at odds of 2.

    Either way, if it lands Heads, you win a fiver, if it lands Tails, you lose a fiver.

    In a two-horse race, backing one side means you are laying the other.

    So what happens when the odds aren’t even, or there are more than two options?

    Think of a standard dice (or die). Pick a number. Your mate will pay you every time it lands on six.

    What odds should it be?

    It can’t be evens or 2, because that’s not fair – you’ve got much more chance of losing than winning.

    Chances of winning – one
    Chances of losing – five

    The true price of this bet is five to one, or in decimals, 6 (potential profit plus your stake).

    So your mate agrees to pay you the true price if you roll a six. You put down £1, he risks £5.

    If your price is 5/1, what price is he getting for his bet?

    He has five chances of winning, and only one chance of losing. So the odds are 1/5 or in decimals, 1.2.

    If you’ve noticed the similarity, well done. It’s simply ‘flip the fraction’ to work out the other side of the bet.

    True odds (such as 5/1 v 1/5) represent an efficient market.

    This occurs when all the money going into the market equals all the money being paid out in the market – there is no leakage or profits being taken.

    Efficient betting markets rarely exist outside of betting exchanges – bookmakers need to reap a profit in order to run a business.

    Betting should all come down to weighing up the risk versus the reward.

    Laying at 2 will win you more if you are correct, but it is more likely to happen than laying at 6. But laying at 6 will cost you more should that result occur.

    Backing at 2 is more likely to happen, but you won’t win as much compared to backing at 6. And if you have bet to win a certain amount, then backing at 2 will cost you more if the selection doesn’t win.

    Placing a lay bet

    Select the market as outlined in placing a bet.

    Then click on the lay side, in the following example you are laying Phil Mickelson at odds of 9. The backer is staking £10.

    Your liability of £80 is taken from your balance as this is your worst case scenario.

    The payout will be ¬£90 but that includes the stake from the backer. If this bet was matched, there would effectively be a pot of ¬£90 for someone to collect – the backer’s ¬£10 stake, and the layer’s ¬£80 liability.

    If Phil Mickelson wins the tournament you have to pay £80 to the winning customer. If any other player wins the tournament you win £10 less commission.

    When laying a bet, you can only win the other person’s stake.

    In the example outlined above you will notice that the market is not completely formed.

    There aren’t many offers on the screen and there is a gap between the best prices to back and lay Phil Mickelson.

    In this instance if you don’t want to lay the selection at 9 you could make an offer in between 6 and 9.

    Find out more about asking for a price.

    Your offer would then appear in the back column waiting for someone who may think your offer is of value and will back the selection.

    Liability explained

    Your liability is the amount you could lose in your worst-case scenario.

    When backing it’s simply the stake which you place. When laying however it’s the amount it will cost you if your selection wins. Either way, it is how much you are risking.

    Ensure you monitor how much you are liable for.

    Be very watchful of where you put the decimal point. If you want to lay a bet at 4.2 make sure it is just that and not 42… otherwise it will be an expensive mistake should your selection win.

    One thing’s certain though, Betfair will only let you risk as much as is in your account and at the best available odds.

    If you lay multiple selections in a field your liabilities don’t accumulate, your bets offset each other providing the market only has one winner.

    Milesey ( betfair )

  2. Milesey 11 years ago

    Sheffield United

    25 Long
    04 Higginbotham
    05 Maguire
    06 Hill
    15 Collins
    07 Flynn
    08 Doyle
    11 McDonald
    14 Kitson
    16 Forte
    23 Murphy


    35 Coyne
    02 Westlake
    32 Kennedy
    19 Robson
    09 Porter
    24 Ironside
    26 McFadzean

    Crawley Town

    01 P Jones
    03 Sadler
    06 Essam
    12 Walsh
    13 Hunt
    07 Clarke
    08 Torres
    15 Bulman
    16 Adams
    21 M Jones
    14 Proctor


    25 Maddison
    02 Dumbuya
    04 Connolly
    29 Malins
    19 O’Brien
    20 Elford-Alliyu
    28 Hayes


  3. Milesey 11 years ago



    • Mr Fixit 11 years ago

      Milesey, good call. How many games is that for Blades without a home goal? Port Vale drawing as well and if it stays like that you did well to stop me and few others from backing them.

    • Milesey 11 years ago

      was it 5 games back now ? 3-0 win against Colchester, sheff utd, swindon, Tranmere, none of these teams are in any sort of form, Walsall or MK DONS could still nick a playoff spot.

      Lay Sheffield United v Crawley Town @ 1.79 ** WIN **



    • Mr Fixit 11 years ago

      Milesey, really collapsed, especially that run of home games without a goal.

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