Bookies fancy Blades to widen points gap over Owls

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Second-placed Sheffield United missed the opportunity to open up a four-point gap over rivals Sheffield Wednesday in the battle for automatic promotion, as they drew at Colchester on Tuesday, but the Blades are expected to maintain their current advantage over the Owls tomorrow by beating Tranmere.

Struggling Rovers, Stan James’ 11/2 outsiders, have secured back-to-back victories since Ronnie Moore’s return and cautious punters might cast an eye over Betfred’s 3/1 for Danny Wilson’s men to draw, but United are very strong at home where they deserve to be odds-on favourites at 8/13 via BetVictor.

Coral’s offer 15/2 against a 2-1 home success.

Sheffield Wednesday have registered consecutive home victories under Dave Jones but the Owls’ new boss now faces an away test and his team won’t find it easy atNotts County. The Magpie are slender favourites at 6/4 (Stan James) to pick up a sixth win in seven attempts and it’s as high as 15/8 courtesy of Skybet for a Wednesday triumph.

Owls supporters confident of success will prefer Partybets’ 9/1 for Wednesday to win 2-1.

Barnsley are BetVictor’s 18/5 underdogs as they entertain Championship promotion hopefuls Reading and Betfred make the Tykes 5/2 to follow Doncaster’s lead by holding the Royals to a draw.

Bet365 offer odds of 12/5 for Doncaster to secure another point at home to Derby while Boylesports offer Doncaster, at 5/4 sports to win.

Chesterfield are 3/1 with Skybet to overcome MK Dons and Ladbrokes offer 11/4 against a Rotherham win at Oxford.

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