Bookmakers swayed by Lane agony

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Without a victory in 2011, Sheffield United are now a worrying four points adrift of safety and they desperately need to arrest their current slump if they are to retain their Championship status.

Such is the Blades’ poor form that they’re actually 2/1 outsiders at Victor Chandler to get the better of Millwall (6/4, Totesport) at Bramall Lane, even though the Lions haven’t exactly been convincing on the road.

Two draws are about all United have to show for their efforts over the last eight matches and they’re 3.3 (23/10) with Betdaq to grab another share of the spoils. Along those lines, a goalless encounter is an 8/1 shot at Stan James, 888Sport combine the stalemate with a home win at 8/15 and Paddy Power price Micky Adams’ side at 11/10 in the ‘Draw no Bet’ market.

However, the Blades could really do with snaring the full compliment of points, particularly as they are at home and optimists might fancy them at 7/1 (Ladbrokes) to bag the only goal of the game, just as they did in the reverse fixture at the New Den back in November.

Less specifically, bet365 offer 10/3 for a United triumph by a one-goal margin and William Hill rate Adams’ beleaguered troops at 11/2 to come out on top following an even first period. Coral meanwhile, make the Blades 11/1 to show the supporters that they are willing to dig in and fight by coming from behind to secure a much-needed victory.

Gary Megson’s first game in charge of Sheffield Wednesday last weekend, ended 2-2 and the new Owls boss is 9/4 with Partybets to preside over another draw as he takes his side to Rochdale. Another 2-2 scoreline is rated at 14/1 by Betfred but those fans believing their side can reap the benefits of Megson’s appointment can back Wednesday at 7/4 (Coral) to land a maximum haul at Spotland, where they’re 9/1 with Totesport to shade it 2-1.

Like the Owls, Barnsley are 7/4 for victory, this time with Victor Chandler, as they welcome Ipswich to Oakwell, although the visitors’ improvement under Paul Jewell could nudge some punters towards the 12/5 posted against the draw by Stan James. At 11/8 with Betfred, Doncaster look more likely to chalk up a win, as they face Portsmouth at the Keepmoat Stadium.

In League Two, leaders Chesterfield are in action this evening as they make the short trip to Burton Albion and the Spireites are 11/8 courtesy of bet365 to snap a run of three consecutive draws by coming out on top. Finally, at the Kassam Stadium, Rotherham are Betdaq’s 3.0 (2/1) outsiders to bounce back from their midweek defeat at Gillingham, by seeing off Oxford.

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