SHEFFIELD United are 2-1 favourites to win the League One title after earning six points and two clean sheets in their last two games.
Although the Bramall Lane faithful would have preferred a more convincing home victory against Walsall, after the early penalty by Nick Blackman and red card for Walsall defender Dean Holden, the Blades are also third in the table, 10/11 for promotion and two points off leaders Tranmere, who have lost their last couple of games.
Portsmouth visit the Lane on Monday and this is another game that unbeaten United really ought to win; they are 5/6 at BetVictor to do so, which looks reasonable, with the draw 13/5 and Pompey 17/5.
Blackman is 10/1 to be League One top scorer behind Tranmere’s Jake Cassidy, 7/1, and Pompey’s Izale McLeod, 8s. Brentford’s Clayton Donaldson is offered at 10/1.
Early odds made Sheffield Wednesday - who lost 1-0 at Blackburn last night - 11/5 to win away to bottom club Ipswich, with the Tractor Boys 13/10 and the draw at 12/5.
Ipswich are 6/4 to be relegated and Leicester the new 3/1 favourites to take the Championship title after their 1-0 win against Brighton.
Barnsley were perhaps unfortunate not to pick up maximum points in the last week as they had most of the chances against managerless Palace in the 1-1 draw at Oakwell after their terrific win at The Valley last Saturday.
The Reds face Forest in what promises to be another exciting clash on Saturday with the visitors having beaten promotion-chasing Cardiff at the weekend before a 2-2 draw with Blackpool in midweek.
Barnsley are 19/10 for all three points, Forest 6/4 at BetVictor and the draw at 23/10; it promises to be tight and 1-1 is 11/2 and 2-2 14/1.
The Reds are out to 2/1 for relegation and Peterborough still long odds-on for the drop at 2/5 despite their three points against Huddersfield on Tuesday.
Iain Hume’s late winner gave Doncaster Rovers an excellent win at Tranmere; things don’t get much easier for Rovers as they travel to Notts County, who will be kicking themselves for throwing away a two-goal lead against Bournemouth midweek and conceding a late equaliser after leading 3-2.
Notts are 11/10 for all three points with Rovers 13/5 and the draw at 12/5; Donny are 20/1 for the title, which looks too big after their haul of 10 points from their last 12. They are 5/1 for promotion. Another three points at Meadow Lane and they will have to be respected by the layers, especially as they have only played six home games.
I am beginning to get excited by the promotion/title chances of Rovers.
A good week for Rotherham has seen them back to 11/2 for the title behind 2/1 favourites Gillingham; Plymouth visit New York Stadium and they are 19/5 to win, with Rotherham 3/4 and the draw 27/10.
Chesterfield’s win at Exeter was followed by defeat at home to title-chasing Fleetwood and they face rock-bottom Barnet at home on Saturday; two weeks ago this would have been looked upon as a straightforward three points, but since Edgar Davids has joined the Bees as joint head coach and captain, they have gained four points from six and two clean sheets.
The Spireites are 8/13 for the win, with the draw 3/1 and Barnet 19/4.