Follow the odds on Owls and Blades gaining promotion

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Sheffield United’s victory at Bournemouth moved them up to third spot in League One, just two points behind Sheffield Wednesday and it’s starting to look like the automatic promotion race could be about to turn in to a local ding-dong.

Of the two, the Owls are considered more likely to reach the Championship, Totesport pricing them at 10/11 to go up and Sportingbet chalking 13/8 against the Blades but with plenty of festive points up-for-grabs, that could all change over the busy Christmas and New Year period.

For Danny Wilson’s troops their first holiday assignment is Tuesday’s televised clash with Notts County and Victor Chandler rate United at 4/5 to collect a crucial three points at Bramall Lane, where the visitors are Betfred’s 4/1 outsiders.

County are no pushovers and on that basis Skybet’s 11/4 for a Blades victory by one isn’t without appeal.

Ladbrokes chalk Wilson’s charges up at 7/1 to bag the only goal.

A day earlier, Wednesday can open up a five-point gap over their rivals by getting the better of Walsall, a result Stan James offer at 5/6. It’s 3.75 (11/4) via Betdaq for the spoils to be shared.

At the bottom, bookies believe festive cheer will be in short supply for Chesterfield as they head to high-flying Huddersfield. Bet365 post 2/5 against another defeat for Spireites, who are Victor Chandler’s 8/1 underdogs and it’s 7/2 via Ladbrokes for the spoils to be shared.

In the Championship, Sportingbet chalk Barnsley up at 13/8 to come out on top in their tough-to-call clash at home to Blackpool but many neutrals are likely to back the Oakwell contest at 12/5 (Skybet) to finish all square. while Doncaster are Paddy Power’s 7/2 outsiders at Burnley.

In League Two, Boylesports fancy Rotherham to sneak past Macclesfield and mark odds of 11/8 against the Millers.

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