Saturday’s derby clash between Rotherham and Sheffield is a nip-and-tuck affair according to the odds, which show the two sides to very evenly-matched.
The Millers are 13/8 with BetVictor while the Owls come in at a slightly heftier 7/4 courtesy of Skybet, although many firms post identical odds against the two.
The draw, available here at 5/2 (Stan James) is always a popular choice in derby contests and this week will be no exception, while bet365 offer 9/1 about a goalless affair, matching the result in the pair’s Hillsborough meeting earlier this term.
Alternatively, Steve Evans’s men are 5/6 in Paddy Power’s ‘Draw No Bet’ market, where the Owls are also 5/6, this time with Stan James and it’s 4/1 at Winner.com for the two teams to go in on level terms at the end of each half.
For Millers supporters, bet365 post 10/3 against their side emerging triumphant by a margin of one, Wednesday are 10/3 via BetVictor to do likewise and the teams can both be backed at 9/1 (Ladbrokes) to register a 2- 1 success at the New York stadium. Meanwhile, the pair are priced at 7/2 (betway) and 15/4 (BetVictor) respectively to be in possession of a lead after 45 and 90 minutes.
Despite some unconvincing performances at Bramall Lane this season, Sheffield are expected to make home advantage tell as they tackle Port Vale, Ladbrokes classing the Blades as strong favourites at odds of 3/5 to walk away with the points.
The Valiants, 5/1 at Stan James, defeated Nigel Clough’s side in the reverse fixture but United should gain revenge and they’re 7/1 (William Hill) to triumph 2-1 as they have done on the last three occasions they have hosted Vale.
Less specifically, United are 13/5 courtesy of bet365 to nick it by a solitary goal, a Blades success following a level first half is 3/1 shot with Paddy Power and the confident can back Clough’s team at 6/4 when starting a goal behind in Ladbrokes’s handicaps.
Bookmakers expect Barnsley’s play-off hopes to take a hit at home to Preston this weekend, Skybet rating the Tykes as 11/5 chances to secure a vital victory at the expense of promotion-chasing North End, Stan James’s 13/10 favourites.
Seemingly more solid on the road than at the Keepmoat Stadium, Doncaster will fancy their chances of collecting a maximum haul as they visit struggling Coventry but one or two bookies can’t separate the pair at the Ricoh Arena. Stan James for example, rate both at 8/5, but BetVictor consider Rovers to be slight outsiders at 17/10.
Finally, Ladbrokes quote Chesterfield at 21/10 to win at Peterborough.