Blades are odds on to keep pushing the Owls for automatic berth

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It’s hard to see Sheffield United missing an opportunity to push for automatic promotion as they welcome Rochdale as 4/7 favourites (Betfred). Their opponents are Ladbrokes’ 5/1 outsiders while the draw, unlikely in itself, is 3/1 at Victor Chandler.

Some recent stubbornness has seen the Dale win at Preston a few weeks back so perhaps they can hold on until half time at Bramall Lane all-square (Boylesports) but United’s quality should eventually see them through as winners, that double result a 7/2 chance with Skybet.

However, the Blades have not won a home contest by more than one since mid-September so another narrow victory by the odd-goal is worth taking at 11/4 (bet365) while nervous punters can have 8.0 (7/1) with Betdaq for Sheffield United to win from behind should Rochdale snatch the opener, itself a 19/10 outcome with Stan James.

Sheffield Wednesday have quite a tricky assignment as Paddy Power’s 8/5 favourites away at Oldham. The Latics, 7/4 with Partybets, plundered five in their last home game in League One and will see themselves worthy of avoiding defeat, 1/2 with Sportingbet, or even winning as 10/11 shots (Totesport) with stakes refunded for a drawn game.

But Owls fans must look to the four away wins in the last six away trips, all by a margin of one, and the win here last season (also by just one) and can be quietly confident of victory, if only by the odd goal, a 17/5 chance with Victor Chandler.

In the Championship, Barnsley are a decent 11/10 via Totesport for a maximum at home against Ipswich.

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