Bookies backing Blades to win promotion race

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The contrasting results of Sheffield United, who lost 1-0 at MK Dons and Sheffield Wednesday, 2-1 winners at home to Carlisle, has put the automatic promotion race right back in the balance, although bookies are still confident that the Blades will go up, Skybet pricing them at 1/3 to be playing Championship football next season and Coral quoting Sheffield Wednesday at 8/11.

Danny Wilson’s side are one point ahead of the Owls with two games remaining but as they don’t play until teatime tomorrow, they could be in third place by the time they kick-off against Stevenage.

United however, are odds on at 10/11 via Ladbrokes to pick up a crucial three points in the televised encounter and the visitors are 17/5 (BetVictor) to do Wednesday a favour by plundering a maximum haul at Bramall Lane, where Paddy Power price a stalemate at 13/5.

The latter, alongside William Hill’s 13/2 for it to finish one-each, could attract support given Borough’s interest in securing a play-off place and the fact that they’ve won three in a row.

At Griffin Park, Stan James chalk Sheffield Wednesday up at 21/20 to leapfrog their rivals into second, temporarily at least, by getting the better of Brentford, bet365’s 3/1 outsiders and it’s hard to oppose the in-form Owls.

The Bees are winless in three and Boylesports rate Dave Jones’ troops at 15/2 to extend that sequence by picking up a second consecutive 2-1 triumph in West London, where they’re 9/4 (Paddy Power) to be in front at the end of each half.

It’s the final day of the Championship campaign and Barnsley are 19/10 via BetVictor to sign off with a victory as they host Brighton in what is effectively a dead rubber. Also with nothing to play for are Doncaster and Ipswich but it’s the latter that bookies lean towards and subsequently Rovers are Boylesports’ 9/4 underdogs.

In League Two, Rotherham can still just about gatecrash the play-offs but they need to prevail at Aldershot, an outcome Paddy Power price at 19/10.

In League One, Ladbrokes rate Chesterfield at 13/8 to keep their slender survival hopes alive by beating Yeovil.

Odds supplied by www.betrescue.com