Bookies back Blades victory

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A SHOCK defeat to Hartlepool, followed by a draw at Doncaster and then a weekend with an FA Cup commitment means Sheffield United are no longer in the automatic promotion places but the Blades renew their bid to reach the Championship tomorrow as they turn attention back to League One and the visit of Yeovil.

The Glovers are in decent shape having won three of their last four in the league and they’re 9/2 at BetVictor to continue that excellent run by picking up maximum points at Bramall Lane. Skybet post 14/5 against the spoils being shared but having got back to winning ways at Oxford last week, Danny Wilson’s men should apply the pressure on the top two by sending Yeovil home empty-handed, an outcome Stan James quote at 4/6.

Nevertheless, the decent form of Gary Johnson’s troops should make for a close affair and Ladbrokes rate United at 14/5 to shade it by a one-goal margin while bet365 price the Blades at 7/1 to finish on the right side of a 2-1 scoreline and it’s 15/4 (William Hill) for Wilson’s charges to emerge victorious on the back of an even first half.

A tally of 10 points from their last five games suggests Sheffield Wednesday’s form is relatively solid but they’re up against it according to bookmakers as they head to promotion-chasing Hull in tomorrow’s televised Championship clash.

BetVictor rate the Owls at 5/1 to secure a vital maximum haul at the KC Stadium where the Tigers are 4/6 (Skybet) to extend their lengthy unbeaten run and it’s 14/5 with Stan James to end in stalemate.

The latter would be a decent return against the in-form hosts and bet365 offer an enticing 10/1 about Dave Jones’ side ensuring it’s a goalless affair. Alternatively, BetVictor price the match at 5/1 to level at the end of each half and in the handicaps, Wednesday are given a goal start by bet365 at odds of 13/10. For optimistic Owls supporters meanwhile, Paddy Power chalk Jones’ men up at 13/1 to grab the game’s only goal.

Barnsley face a Yorkshire derby against Leeds at Oakwell and Stan James make the struggling Tykes a 2/1 shot to get the better of Leeds, whose away record leaves plenty of room for improvement. It’s 5/2 (BetVictor) to finish all square.

Strong on their travels, League One high fliers Doncaster aren’t without appeal at 13/8 with bet365 as they make the trip to Stevenage and finally in League Two, Rotherham look like home bankers at 8/15 courtesy of Ladbrokes as they tackle relegation-threatened Barnet and Stan James quote Chesterfield at 6/5 to get the better of Northampton.

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