The play-off race in League One is really hotting up now and so Sheffield United’s back-to-back home defeats have been timed particularly badly.
With the Blades’ grip on a top six berth now looking significantly weaker, Nigel Clough’s troops could do with returning to winning ways this weekend then, as they visit Scunthorpe and Ladbrokes make them 13/10 favourites to get the better of the Iron (23/10, Stan James).
The last three meetings between the two at Glanford Park have all finished all square, a result that bet365 offer at 5/2 on this occasion while Winner.com mark 6/1 against it finishing one apiece and odds of 15/4 are available at BetVictor for a score draw.
For Blades backers feeling a touch nervous in light of recent form, Paddy Power price United at 4/7 in the ‘Draw No Bet’ market but Clough’s side have been decent on the road of late and they catch the eye at 14/5 (Stan James) to sneak it by a one-goal margin.
More accurately, they’re 17/2 at betway to card a 2-1 success and BetVictor go 19/4 about them nicking it despite an even first period.
Narrow victors at beleaguered Blackpool last time out, Sheffield Wednesday are even money at Skybet to improve their home record with a victory over struggling Fulham (16/5, bet365), BetVictor mark 13/2 against the Owls recording a second consecutive 1-0 win and Stuart Gray’s charges are 13/5 to grab the points with a victory by one goal.
The 2-0 triumph at Huddersfield means Rotherham are now nine points clear of danger and as a result they’re out to a reassuringly hefty 6/1 with bet365 to be relegated. The Millers have a great chance to stretch further away from the relegation zone too, Stan James making them slight favourites at 6/4 to defeat struggling Wigan.
Doncaster are now as high as 6/1 at bet365 to end up in the top six in League One, however, those odds will drop significantly should Paul Dickov’s men, at 13/10 with BetVictor, triumph over one of their rivals, Peterborough, at the Keepmoat Stadium.
Remarkably, Barnsley are now in the thick of a play-off chase too despite being in relegation trouble recently, a run of five straight wins hauling them right up the table but bookmakers think the Tykes’ momentum will be checked at boss Lee Johnson’s former club Oldham. The Latics are William Hill’s 5/4 jollies while Johnson’s men are 12/5 courtesy of BetVictor to rack up a sixth consecutive victory.
Finally, Chesterfield’s own top six hopes are tipped to receive a boost, the Spireites odds-on at 10/11 courtesy of Skybet to see off struggling Coventry.