HOPEFULLY the weather will relent to allow Sheffield Wednesday host Barnsley in a massive derby at Hillsborough; both our local Championship sides have been fighting relegation most of the campaign and victory for either would certainly aid their cause.
The Owls are 5/2 for the drop with The Tykes 11/8 and those quotes reflect the tougher fixture list that Barnsley have left. Both clubs still have a game in hand on the three sides occupying the relegation places at present but those clubs are also in form - it is going to go down to the wire.
Wednesday are favourites at 5/4 to win with Barnsley 12/5 and a stalemate 5/2. The Owls will be without top marksman Michail Antonio and on-loan Leroy Lita will be asked to fill the void. Lita is 6/1 to net first or last and 5/2 to bag at anytime.
He remains five goals behind in the top Wednesday goalscorer market and BetVictor are 5/1 he will finish the campaign as top Owls goalscorer.
Doncaster Rovers enjoyed their trip to Scunthorpe with a 3-2 win maintaining top spot in League One and, with Swindon held to a draw and Sheffield United and Brentford snowed off, their lead at the top of the table has grown to five points.
Rovers must still play The Robins and Tranmere at home and a final day of the season clash at Brentford could well be a title decider.
The Easter weekend looks difficult with Rovers due at Coventry on Good Friday followed by a home clash with Swindon on Easter Monday.
Six points from these games would see the current 6/4 quote for Rovers to land the title go odds-on; Rovers destiny lies in their own hands.
Sheffield United were left frustrated when, despite their best efforts, the game with Brentford succumbed to the snow; this leaves them in the final playoff position, albeit with games in hand, but they are only two points adrift of second and an automatic spot.
They face an April with eight games scheduled in 27 days including matches with Tranmere, Walsall, Swindon and Brentford. The Blades travel to the Wirral on Sunday with Tranmere currently one place above United after beating Stevenage last Sunday. The Blades are 5/4 at betvictor.com with Rovers and the draw both 23/10.
Rotherham improved their top seven hopes in League Two despite losing their home game with Exeter to the weather as both Cheltenham and Oxford failed to win although Fleetwood remain a danger and closed to within three points of the Millers having played two additional games.
Rotherham will feel an automatic spot is still there for the taking with only five points between them and Burton in third with a game in hand. The Millers are 8/11 to go up either automatically or via the play-offs.
They entertain resurgent Wimbledon with the Dons moving away from the bottom two in recent weeks after a number of wins. They still require points for safety so will provide stiff opposition but Rotherham need the points for their own reasons and I expect to prevail at odds of 4/5.Wimbledon are 10/3 (draw 14/5.)
Chesterfield can do Rotherham a big favour when they travel to the Pirelli to play Burton Albion on Saturday and host Port Vale on Monday; the Brewers have the best home record in the division and are 21/20 to beat the inconsistent Spireites who are priced at 14/5.