Bookies expect third United win

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SHEFFIELD United’s victory at League One rivals Huddersfield on Tuesday, moved the Blades into a strong position in the race for automatic promotion and Coral expect the Blades to stay in the driving seat, pricing them at 8/13 to rack up a third straight win as they take on Preston.

Patchy North End are 6/1 with bet365 to pull the rug from under United’s feet and the draw, which would be a frustrating result for Danny Wilson’s troops, is available via William Hill at 16/5. With 11 victories in 15 home matches however, the Blades have to be fancied and Betfred chalk them up at 6/1 to grab the only goal as they have done on Preston’s last four visits to Bramall Lane.

Boylesports rate United at 13/5 to shade it by a one-goal margin but having already beaten North End 4-2 at Deepdale this term, Wilson’s charges could be set for a more comfortable success. Subsequently, some supporters might want to back the Blades in Stan James’ handicaps, where they’re 17/10 when kicking-off a goal in arrears and an enticing alternative is Paddy Power’s 13/2 for the home side to notch twice without reply.

Sheffield Wednesday’s own promotion hopes suffered a blow in midweek as they suffered only their second home reverse of the campaign, at the hands of Stevenage and the Owls are now down to third, having played two games more than their neighbours. Nevertheless, Gary Megson’s men are tipped by bookmakers to bounce back in tomorrow’s clash at Chesterfield, Blue Square installing them as 11/10 favourites and Ladbrokes posting 5/2 against the struggling Spireites.

As it’s a derby, Skybet’s 12/5 for the stalemate could prove popular, alongside a 1-1 scoreline at 6/1 with BetVictor but as Chesterfield’s recent revival looks to have stalled, Wednesday can edge it and Partybets make them 14/5 to prevail by a solitary goal. Elsewhere, Betfred quote odds of 8/1 for the Owls to register a 2-1 success, Coral offer 9/2 for an away win after a level first period and Skybet rate Megson’s team at 8/15 in their ‘Draw No Bet’ market.

In the Championship, Doncaster travel to Leeds but they’re odds-on at 4/6 (Ladbrokes) to return empty-handed, where they will start as bet365’s 5/1 outsiders. Leeds however, have lost their last couple and a stalemate, at 3/1 with William Hill, isn’t out of the question for Rovers. At Oakwell, the draw is a slightly shorter 12/5 via Coral but enjoying home advantage against cash-strapped Portsmouth, Barnsley are Blue Square’s 13/10 favourites.

In League Two, bookies lean towards Rotherham as they visit Burton Albion, Betfred quoting the Millers at 13/8 to win.