Great Escape beckons Barnsley

Celebration time looms for Barnsley?
Celebration time looms for Barnsley?
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Barnsley have set about their own version of ‘The Great Escape’ for a second year running in a huge week for them, completing back-to-back victories for the first time this season.

The Tykes turned over Yeovil 4-1 to all but condemn the Glovers to relegation. BetVictor make Yeovil 11/10 favourites to finish bottom and 1/10 to be relegated with Danny Wilson’s side cut to 2/7 for the drop and look set to battle out with Charlton (5/2) and Birmingham (4/1) for the final relegation slot.

Two home games inside four days give the Tykes a fantastic platform to build upon their turnaround, welcoming first Brighton and then Burnley to Oakwell. Brighton are 6/5 favourites but have to be taken on having losing three of their last four games and Barnsley look a fantastic price at 12/5 to turn over the Seagulls, the draw 23/10.

Sheffield Wednesday were one of the three teams to beat Brighton but were humbled 4-1 by a red hot Watford side - and a side even hotter are champions elect Leicester, where the Owls visit tomorrow. The Foxes are 1/50 on with BetVictor for the title.

The home side are 4/9 favourites, Wednesday 7/1 and the draw 7/2 with BetVictor.

Sheffield United host promotion chasing Leyton Orient and can take advantage of an O’s side that looks to be faltering.

The Blades are 29/20 favourites, Orient 19/10 and the draw 12/5 and with Russell Slade’s side yet to keep a clean sheet in four take United to nick the game by the solitary goal, which is 15/2 with BetVictor.

Rotherham continue to be the hottest team in League One and will be fancied for the play-offs next month; 2/1 with BetVictor to gain promotion on the back of three straight wins, including the scalps of Brentford and Peterborough. The Millers travel to Gillingham and look good value at 11/10 to leave with all three points, the draw 12/5.

Steve Evans’ side are unbeaten in 15 games since the 3-1 defeat to Coventry on New Year’s Day.

The Millers have had six different players get on the score sheet in their last five games and they should be good for a few goals and the 3-1 correct score appeals at 16/1 with BetVictor.

Doncaster host struggling Birmingham on Saturday. Donny are the 5/4 favourites and the draw 5/2 with Paul Dickov’s side taken to continue their ascent up the table and the 2-0 correct score making plenty of appeal at the price of 11/1 with BetVictor.

Chesterfield are four points adrift of Rochdale in top spot; the Spireites 7/2 for the title and 1/12 for promotion.

Despite losing 3-1 to Peterborough in the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy at Wembley Paul Cook’s men can bounce back when hosting Newport County at the Proact Stadium at the weekend; Chesterfield 13/20, Newport 9/2 and the draw 14/5.

BetVictor are paying SIX PLACES on this weekend’s Grand National with Rebecca Curtis’ Teaforthree heading the market as the 8/1 favourite, bidding to go even closer than his third in the race last year.

The 10-y-o finished down the field in the Gold Cup but prior to that ran a stormer finishing second at Ascot with Curtis adamant that her horse will be cherry ripe for Aintree but he will have to see off old adversary Monbeg Dude (14/1) once more.

Two horses taking a dramatic drop in class have been popular with Long Run and Tidal Bay both punted into 12/1 joint second-favourites.

Should Tidal Bay get his nose in front then Aintree could erupt, the evergreen 13-y-o ran a stormer to finish third in the Welsh National and then stay on powerfully to finish second in the Irish Hennessy at Leopardstown; could he indeed do the unthinkable?