After delivering a winning selection on Sunday, SlipsTips is back with another Bet Builder ahead of Sheffield Wednesday's English League One playoff semi-final second-leg showdown with Sunderland on Monday night.
Sheffield Wednesday vs Sunderland (Monday, 19:45)
Sunderland will take a 1-0 lead into the second leg of their English League One playoff tie with Sheffield Wednesday, which takes place at Hillsborough on Monday night.
Both of these fallen giants are desperately seeking a return to the Championship next season, with the victor of this two-legged affair going on to face Wycombe Wanderers at Wembley.
Despite holding a slender 1-0 advantage from Friday night’s first-leg, Sunderland make the trip to Yorkshire as 14/5 (Bet 365) outsiders, while the hosts head into this make-or-break match as 11/10 (William Hill) favourites.
With the tie hanging in the balance, I'm going to steer clear of the outright betting and instead head to William Hill‘s Build Your Odds feature.
If we combine each team to see over 19.5 booking points we will be presented with an eye-catching 23/20 (William Hill) play and that makes plenty of appeal.
The stakes couldn't be higher ahead of this do-or-die dust-up and given the immense pressure that will be on both sides here, it would certainly appear that we have more than enough ingredients for a feisty affair.
Hosts Sheffield Wednesday averaged 1.80 yellow cards per-game during the regular season, while the Black Cats’ finished fifth in the disciplinary standings with their tally of 1.98 cards per 90 minutes.
It's also worth noting that referee James Linington has been selected to take charge of this crunch clash, an appointment that immediately had my eyes drawn to the card markets.
The EFL whistler has been one of the more card-happy operators in the lower leagues this term, averaging a lofty 4.7 cards per-game across all competitions, and he should be kept busy under the South Yorkshire lights on Monday night.
Given that the same wager is odds-on with other leading bookmakers, the 23/20 (William Hill) about both teams to see over 19.5 booking points is a price that stands out on what should be a night of high-drama and tension at Hillsborough.
- Over 19.5 Sheffield Wednesday Booking Points
- Over 19.5 Sunderland Booking Points
- Build Your Odds – 23/20 (William Hill)