Bookies back the return of steel derbies

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Sheffield United’s slender survival hopes took another blow last weekend as the nine-man Blades went down 3-0 at Watford and the games are running out for Micky Adams’ side who are now just 1/5 with Coral to drop down to join Sheffield Wednesday in League One.

United probably need to win at least six of their remaining nine matches and so victories in the majority of remaining home matches, starting with tomorrow’s against Leeds, are crucial. However, it’s the West Yorkshire outfit, at 6/5 with Betfred, that are favourites to collect all three points at Bramall Lane, while the Blades are priced by Victor Chandler at 5/2 to register a much-needed victory.

Draw fanciers can opt for Betdaq’s 3.5 (5/2) for the spoils to be shared and Ladbrokes quote odds of 11/2 for it to finish one-each but that would be an unsatisfactory result at this stage in the campaign as Adams’ charges could really do with a maximum haul.

United are priced at 9/2 (Partybets) to egde out the Whites by a one-goal margin and a second consecutive 2-1 triumph at home is rated at 8/1 by William Hill.

Bookies believe Sheffield Wednesday are up against it as they head to high-flying Southampton; bet365 installing the Owls as significant underdogs at 6/1 and Stan James rating the hosts at 1/2 to send Gary Megson’s men home empty-handed. A point, on offer with Sportingbet at 3/1, would be a decent return at St Mary’s, where it’s a chunky 16/1 courtesy of Coral to finish goalless.

Bet365 meanwhile, mark 13/8 against Wednesday avoiding defeat on the south coast and the bold can back them at 17/1 with Paddy Power to grab the game’s only goal.

In League Two, Chesterfield and Rotherham lock horns tonight at the B2net Stadium. The Spireites are 11/10 with Paddy Power to win and the Millers are 5/2 courtesy of Totesport.

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