Fortress Hillsborough has the bookies homing in on victory No 6

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INTERNATIONAL call-ups have forced the postponement of Sheffield United’s clash at Preston so the Blades join Barnsley and Doncaster in putting their feet up but Sheffield Wednesday and Chesterfield are afforded no such luxury and will face-off in at Hillsborough.

The Owls have won all five matches on their own patch and are odds-on at 4/6 (Ladbrokes) to maintain their hundred per cent record while, by contrast, the Spireites have lost four out of five on the road; they’re chalked up as 9/2 outsiders by Totesport.

Betdaq post 3.8 (14/5) against the draw and Sportingbet offer 13/2 for it to finish one-each, however Gary Megson’s men are hard to oppose at home and are 11/4 (bet365) to win by one-goal.

Boylesports chalk Wednesday up at 7/1 to register a 2-1 triumph but as the Owls have kept consecutive clean sheets, punters might prefer either a 1-0 or 2-0 success, available at 13/2 (Skybet) and 7/1 (Stan James) respectively. Nevertheless, it could be a fairly close contest and on that basis, Paddy Power’s 7/2 for Megson’s charges to sneak it after a drawn first half definitely stands out.

From the perspective of Chesterfield supporters, the route to profit could be the handicap market, where Betfred hand John Sheridan’s side a goal start at 6/5 and the Spireites kick-off two mythical goals to the good at odds of 40/85 via Victor Chandler.

Without a win in four league games, Rotherham have slipped to eighth in League Two but the Millers are odds-on at 10/11 courtesy of Ladbrokes, to avoid a third straight defeat by getting the better of Burton (16/5, Sportingbet). The corresponding fixture last season finished 3-3, a repeat of which is available with Boylesports at 66/1 but the Brewers have been inconsistent on their travels this term so a more realistic scoreline is a 2-1 home success, quoted by Skybet at 15/2.

Stan James offer Andy Scott’s men at 2/1 to hold a lead at the end of each half.

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