Betting: Bank on in-form Tigers to claim derby spoils

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Having won five and drawn one of their last half dozen home league matches, it’s no surprise to see Hull City installed as Betfred’s strong 5/6 favourites to beat Sheffield Wednesday tomorrow night.

Though they were unlucky to lose to a late goal at Preston last weekend, Wednesday’s away form is best described as ‘patchy’ – they’ve won only four times on the road this season – hence they make the short journey to Humberside as underdogs, although their massive 18/5 price (bet365) has caught the eye of punters who believe those odds to be a tad too frothy.

Indeed, a sizeable number of backers expect them to secure at least a point and Stan James’s 11/4 for it to finish on level terms cannot be discounted. More bullish folk may prefer Skybet’s 4/1 for both halves to end all-square, or else the 13/2 chalked by Ladbrokes against it ending one apiece.

The Blades’ scruffy win over Port Vale last week has revived their play-off ambitions prior to a tricky-looking contest against Rochdale at Spotland on Saturday, a match they start as Boylesports’ 17/10 underdogs.

However, United, who have kept three clean sheets in their last five league fixtures and are 15/4 at William Hill to win without conceding, should have far too much for a Rochdale team that has recorded only one win in their last seven matches.

Barnsley returned to winning ways when they overcame Doncaster’s challenge last weekend, courtesy of a late Ashley Fletcher strike, meaning they’ve now won eight of their last nine league contests, an excellent run of form that has given them a sniff of the play-off places.

They face the trickiest encounter imaginable at Crewe on Saturday, however, when they face one of the league’s most unpredictable teams. None the less, the Tykes are rightly installed as Ladbrokes’ 9/10 favourites to make it nine wins from ten.

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