Bookies confident of Blades victory

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SHEFFIELD United’s 2-1 triumph over Notts County on Boxing Day saw the Blades leapfrog rivals Wednesday into the second automatic promotion place and bookies are confident Danny Wilson’s side will land a maximum haul at Hartlepool’s expense.

Sportingbet mark 11/20 against a sixth straight league win for United and although the fact the visitors’ best form has tended to come on the road will inevitably nudge the bold towards a draw at 16/5 with Victor Chandler, the Blades’ impressive home record means they’re impossible to oppose.

Skybet can expect to attract cash at odds of 7/1 on another 2-1 success and bet365’s 13/5 for a victory by one could also prove popular.

Elsewhere, Ladbrokes offer an enticing 7/2 for United to again prevail following an even first period and punters can tackle Totesport’s 6/1 for United to finish 1-0.

Sheffield Wednesday face a tricky trip to Preston. Partybets price the Owls at 7/5 to win where the hosts are 3.0 (2/1) courtesy of Betdaq but a stalemate at 5/2 (Stan James) isn’t out of the question.

Victor Chandler price Barnsley at 2/1 to get the better of Leeds, who are slight favourites at 6/4 with Paddy Power. Skybet quote the draw at 12/5.

Doncaster look a little overpriced at 15/4 (Paddy Power) ahead of their visit to Vicarage Road, where Ladbrokes rate Rovers at 13/5 to share the spoils with Watford.Chesterfield are 3/1 via Sportingbet at Scunthorpe.

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