Sheffield United’s bid to avoid the drop is all but dead in the water following their 2-0 reverse against Cardiff on Tuesday and although a defeat at fellow strugglers Preston, a result Totesport offer at 11/10, wouldn’t confirm the seemingly inevitable, it would make survival almost mathematically impossible if Crystal Palace, at 5/6 (Betfred) also get a result against Scunthorpe.
The Blades are 15/4 with Victor Chandler to keep their slender hopes of retaining their Championship status alive at Deepdale, while Betdaq chalk up a draw, which would be no use to either side, at 3.4 (12/5).
Micky Adams’ side are 4/5 with Stan James to avoid defeat but only a win will do at this stage and supporters still retaining a shred of hope that United can pull off a miraculous escape can back them at 4/1 courtesy of Paddy Power, to edge out North End by a one-goal margin.
More specifically, Betdaq quote Adams’ troops at 11.0 (10/1) to bag the game’s only goal as they did when the pair met in the reverse fixture at Bramall Lane back in August and another victory for the Blades, following a drawn first half, is 7/1 (William Hill).
Coral meanwhile, cater for the confident, offering 10/3 for United to keep a clean sheet and for the more guarded, bet365 rate Adams’ men at 13/8 in their ‘Draw No Bet’ market.
Sheffield Wednesday went down 2-0 to League One leaders Brighton but they’re odds-on at 5/6 with Ladbrokes to bounce back at Hillsborough, where Hartlepool are the visitors. The Owls won emphatically in their last home match, defeating Tranmere 4-0 and they hammered Hartlepool 5-0 when the pair met at Victoria Park earlier in the campaign, so Partybets’ 7/4 for Megson’s side to prevail by at least two clear goals in this one, might lure home supporters.
With that in mind, Sportingbet’s 8/1 for Wednesday to notch twice without reply could also attract cash and Paddy Power offer 23/10 for an Owls triumph ‘to nil’.
Barnsley head to the Riverside, where they’re bet365’s 7/2 outsiders to get the better of Middlesbrough and 11/4 (Victor Chandler) to land a share of the spoils while Coral mark 4/1 against a Doncaster success as they travel to the KC Stadium to face Hull and Stan James quote what seems a more likely outcome, the draw, at 5/2.
At the b2net Stadium, Chesterfield are 8/15 with Totesport to edge closer to the League Two title by sending Macclesfield home empty-handed and finally, Rotherham, who appointed Andy Scott as manager this week, are 4/5 courtesy of Betfred to make a winning start under their new boss, as they play host to Hereford.
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