Betting: Owls and Blades fancied to pick up points

Glenn Murray is favourite to score against Barnsley and do Wednesday a favour
Glenn Murray is favourite to score against Barnsley and do Wednesday a favour
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Bristol City look doomed to relegation despite their late equaliser against the Owls and are 1/33 for the drop.

With City seven points adrift of a fourth-from-bottom place, the battle above them is intensifying.

Blackburn have slipped into serious trouble, and Wednesday are slight 13/10 favourites to beat them at Hillsborough on Saturday.

Rovers are 23/10 and the draw 9/4. The Ewood Park club are 9/2 to suffer back-to-back relegations, with Wednesday 3/1 to go down and Barnsley 15/8.

Barnsley travel to play a Crystal Palace side who seem to be having promotion jitters but appear likely to land a play-off place, possessing a six-point cushion; their home form remains solid, with 12 wins and only two defeats so far.

The Eagles are uneasy favourites at 17/20; Barnsley are 17/5 and the draw is 14/5. Glenn Murray, the Championship’s top scorer, is 4/1 to open the scoring and do Wednesday a favour; Jason Scotland, despite his penalty miss against Leicester, is 8/1 to score first and 11/4 to net at any time.

In League One, BetVictor offer an industry top price of 3/1 for Sheffield United to claim the title, and the Blades are 8/13 to gain promotion.

United’s opponents this Saturday, Walsall, put four past Coventry last time out and have won 10 matches at home. We are struggling to split the teams but slightly favour the Blades at 17/10; the hosts are 9/5 and a stalemate is 9/4.

Doncaster, two points clear at the summit, are 13/8 to win the title and 4/11 to gain promotion; they are even money to beat Tranmere, while Rovers are 16/5 and the draw 12/5.

David Cotterill can be backed at 12/1 to score first or last and 9/2 any time.

In League Two, Rotherham have still to play Exeter, Fleetwood and Bradford, the three clubs directly below them but play away against a Morecambe side who are still not mathematically safe from relegation. The Shrimpers have failed to win any of their last six league games.

Rotherham are priced at 13/10, the home side 9/4 and the draw is 12/5. The Millers have on paper one of the best squads in League Two and will no doubt be favourites in the play-offs should they be involved.

Chesterfield have shown enough glimpses of quality lately to mark them down as an outfit who should make a strong promotion push next season. Their final five fixtures are against clubs either going for promotion or involved in the relegation dogfight so all should be very explosive affairs.

The Spireites go to Underhill on Saturday to play Barnet who are only three points from safety but buoyed by a 1-0 victory at rivals Wimbledon.

The Bees are used to regular relegation battles year after year and will be fired up to retain their league status. If the Spireites maintain their recent form, 2/1 looks a fair

price but at this stage in the season bookmakers always favour the teams who need points, and Barnet are favourites at 8/5,with the draw 9/4.

The world’s greatest horserace, the Grand National, takes place at Aintree this weekend and we are betting a quarter odds 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, and 6 places at

The last Welsh trained winner was Kirkland in 1905 but Cappa Bleu and Teaforthree lead a very strong Welsh challenge on Saturday and the former just gets the nod.