Blades favoured against Dons

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BEFORE the season started, Sheffield United and MK Dons were the two favourites for the League One title so it follows that their clash at Bramall Lane tomorrow was expected to be a vital contest in terms of the battle for top spot.

As it has turned out the Dons are in mid-table, as close to the relegation zone as they are to the Blades so Danny Wilson’s men have to be fancied at 6/5 with BetVictor to boost their own promotion hopes with a victory.

MK Dons have won just once in eight in the league and don’t have the most convincing away record so the Blades should have the edge. Bet365 chalk Wilson’s troops up at 11/4 to shade it by a one-goal margin and it’s 19/2 (BetVictor) for them to finish on the right side of a 2-1 scoreline while Stan James offer odds of 12/5 about United holding a lead at the end of each half.

Despite a 3-0 defeat to MK Dons last time out, Doncaster remain in top spot, a point ahead of Sheffield United but bookies think they’re up against it as they visit fellow promotion hopefuls Bournemouth, William Hill’s even money favourites.

Bet365 mark 5/2 against Rovers securing a share of the spoils at Dean Court but having racked up an impressive eleven victories on the road this season, Brian Flynn’s charges are perhaps a touch overpriced at 31/10 courtesy of BetVictor to pick up maximum points, especially as the Cherries come into the clash on the back of four straight defeats.

In the Championship, back-to-back defeats have dented Sheffield Wednesday’s survival hopes and bookies fancy the Owls to suffer another damaging loss as they head to promotion-chasing Leicester.

The Foxes, who have an impressive record on their own patch, are an 8/13 chance at BetVictor to send Dave Jones’ side home empty handed, Wednesday are Stan James’ 21/4 outsiders and it’s 14/5 (Skybet) for them to come back with a point.

Bet365 give the Owls a goal start in the handicaps at 7/5 but optimistic travelling supporters might prefer Coral’s 18/1 for Wednesday to grab the game’s only goal.

Also huge underdogs, perhaps understandably, are Barnsley, who visit Manchester City in the FA Cup quarter final. The Tykes are an enormous 20/1 (Stan James) to book a place at Wembley at the first attempt and it’s 8/1 at Betfred for them to battle their way to a money-spinning replay.

In League Two, Rotherham are 4/6 via Skybet to see off Dagenham and Paddy Power rate Chesterfield at 6/5 as they entertain Bristol Rovers.

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