Betting: Blades are a good draw for a stalemate at the Lane

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IF Sheffield United are to stay in the hunt for promotion then they will have to win home matches against the likes of Colchester and Betvictor make them 4/6 favourites to do just that.

The U’s are Stan James’ 17/4 outsiders for the points and it’s 3/1 via Skybet for the spoils to be shared, a price that could attract sceptics given the Blades often unconvincing form since Christmas.

Similarly, a 1-1 scoreline is set to prove popular, at odds of 7/1 with William Hill, especially as that was the result when the pair met in the reverse fixture at Layer Road back in August while Betvictor post 17/1 against Danny Wilson’s men again holding a lead at the interval only to relinquish it and record a frustrating stalemate.

Barnsley have managed two 1-0 wins against Championship opposition on their way to the FA Cup fifth round so on paper the trip to League One outfit MK Dons, shouldn’t be as tricky an assignment.

Skybet make the Tykes 2/1 to book their place in the last eight at the first attempt while Ladbrokes offer 7/5 about them becoming another victim of the buoyant Dons and in what should be a close encounter, Betvictor’s 12/5 for the tie to require a replay isn’t without appeal.

Finally in League Two, Rotherham and Chesterfield are 5/2 via Stan James to be inseparable at the New York Stadium, where the Millers command favouritism at even money with Ladbrokes and the Spireites are a 29/10 chance at Skybet.

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