Faltering Addicks throw title lifeline to city duo

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Charlton are stuttering towards the League One title after only managing four points from a possible 15 and both Sheffield clubs will feel the Addicks can still be caught.

United are 8/1 and Wednesday 12/1 and it’s looking increasingly likely that only Huddersfield can deny one of them automatic promotion even if it is as eventual runners up to Charlton.

With MK Dons suffering a surprise midweek reverse against Carlisle, they now look booked for a play-off berth with Carlisle themselves creeping into sixth and currently occupying the last available play-off spot.

The Blades, ahead of their midweek derby with Chesterfield, look to have the slightly easier set of fixtures as we enter the crucial final stage of the campaign but it would take a brave man to call the final outcome.

This Saturday the Owls are live on Sky Sports when they host a Preston team who, after high hopes of being amongst the promotion hopefuls, are looking anxiously over their shoulders at the wrong end of the table.

The Lilywhites season has been severely disrupted by injuries to key men and Tuesday’s 3-1 home defeat by Brentford leaves them in 15th place and seven points above the drop zone. They are 25/1 to suffer relegation but with games against high-flying MK Dons, Stevenage, Huddersfield and Charlton to follow, they would welcome at least a point at Hillsborough.

A point is of no use to Wednesday in the battle to go up automatically and BetVictor make them strong 8/15 favourites to take all three with the draw 16/5 and North End 13/2.

Last week’s goal scoring hero Reda Johnson is 16/1 for first and last goalscorer honours and 11/2 to score at anytime. It wouldn’t be a surprise to see both teams score and that eventuality is 5/6 with over 2.5 goals 7/10.

Sheffield United will know the result of the lunchtime kick off from Hillsborough before they begin at Hartlepool.

It’s always a cracking atmosphere at Victoria Park and supported by another large following the Blades will be popular at 23/20 to continue their fine season. The draw is 12/5 with Hartlepool 11/4.

It’s rare for leading marksman Ched Evans not to be on the score sheet and he is 4/1 favourite to score first and even money anytime.

Danny Wilson’s men managed an impressive 5-2 success at Notts County on their last away trip and can be backed at 25/1 to score five or more goals again here.

The Spireites, whatever the outcome of their trip to Bramall Lane, must take all three points at home to Scunthorpe on Saturday. The Iron are, surprisingly, 8/5 favourites to win with Chesterfield 15/8 and the draw at 12/5.

The Spireites remain, at the time of writing, 1/10 to lose their League One status at the end of the season.

The flat turf season begins on Saturday with the Lincoln Handicap from Doncaster the first leg of the Spring Double and the richest race in the world the Dubai World Cup later in the day.

Eton Forever (3.15) goes well fresh and despite being higher in the weights than when landing the consolation event last year can strike gold for Roger Varian.

To mark the event we at betvictor.com will refund losing win bets of £20 on the 2nd, 3rd and 4th horses as a free bet on the World Cup later in the day (6.40).

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