A nail-biter is promised at Hillsborough on Saturday when Sheffield Wednesday host Cardiff, their nearest rivals for a play-off berth.
A draw is sufficient for Wednesday and William Hill post 3/1 against it finishing as a score draw as it did when the pair met earlier in the campaign. The Owls came back from two goals down to secure a point and the likelihood of it ending 2-2 again is considered a 14/1 shot by Boylesports.
A win for Wednesday would confirm their play-off place and they’re 8/1 (Winner.com) to register a 2-1 victory with Fernando Forestieri quoted at 5/1 (Betfred) to open the scoring.
A Billy Sharp goal secured victory for Sheffield United when they hosted Coventry at Bramall Lane back in December, an outcome that would have surprised few footballing statisticians as the one goal margin of victory has become a regular feature of this contest.
Only once since 1993 has either team secured victory in this fixture by more than a single goal. Four of the pair’s last fifteen league encounters have ended all-square; the other 11 were settled by one goal. Given this record, Coral’s 5/2, chalked against the stalemate, has proved popular, but United need the points and a 2-1 success, priced at 9/1 by Sportingbet, is likely to tempt.
Barnsley have lost only four league matches since holding on to beat Colchester 3-2 in mid-December (after leading 3-0) and they face the U’s again on Saturday mindful that if they’re to secure a play-off berth, they still have plenty of work to do.
The Tykes are 6/4 (Ladbrokes) to win without conceding and 3/1 with Skybet to enjoy a one-goal margin of victory. Sam Winnall is 5/6 (Betfred) to score at any time, while a 2-1 home win is rated a 7/1 shot by bet365.
Six wins and five draws in 11 matches is title-winning form, but it’s proved enough for Rotherham to cement their place in the Championship for the 2016-17 season. The Millers lost 1-0 when they faced Blackburn at Ewood Park earlier in the campaign, but Stan James offer them at 6/1 to avenge that defeat with a 1-0 win of their own.
Finally, Chesterfield have an opportunity to effectively secure their League One status when they welcome Bury.
They’ve won only two of their last nine matches, but BetVictor.com price them at 11/10 to secure maximum points and avenge the 1-0 defeat they suffered at Gigg Lane earlier in the season. A 1-0 home win is rated a 13/2 shot by Boylesports.
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