High five for Blades but Owls seeking second spot

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Sheffield United put behind them a recent poor run of results with a thumping 5-2 win at Meadow Lane last Tuesday to reignite their automatic promotion hopes.

Two draws and two defeats in March had threatened to ruin a terrific season for the club but the impressive defeat of a Notts County team who themselves are pushing for promotion, means the Blades are back in front of Wednesday with a small but important two point cushion.

With weekend opponents Chesterfield playing at Wembley in the Johnstones Paint Trophy Final manager Danny Wilson can allow his troops time to recover before facing the Spireites at Bramall Lane next Wednesday. Odds of 4/7 to win that game might even look value, especially if Chesterfield win and suffer a Wembley hangover.

The visitors need points to stave off relegation and are 5/1 to win with 13/5 quoted the draw. Bottom of League One Chesterfield are in big danger of an immediate return to the lower tier and BetVictor bet 1/5 for them to suffer relegation.

The Blades remain nine points adrift of Charlton and 8/1 to lift the title. The promotion odds tightened to 4/7 with only Wednesday and Huddersfield looking the teams who can take that second automatic slot.

Sheffield Wednesday have been in great form since the derby win and new manager Dave Jones has installed a new belief amongst the players. However that good run came to a surprising end when lowly Walsall left Hillsborough with a point on Tuesday and but for a very late strike from Gary Madine it would have been all three.

The Owls have looked booked for a play-off place at worst for most of the campaign but with neighbours United and Huddersfield leaving the door ajar, hopes have risen for automatic promotion.

They are even money to secure promotion and 16/1 to go up as champions and will feel confident of moving back into second after Saturday’s trip to Leyton Orient.

The ‘O’s are still not safe from relegation after taking just five points from their last seven games. A mere five point cushion leaves them looking anxiously at the foot of the table but bookmakers seem more confident they will survive with odds of 14/1 available to go down.

They suffered a 4-1 reverse at MK Dons in midweek when both our clubs were hoping for a favour and are 23/10 to win against Wednesday. The draw is also 23/10 and the Owls have shortened to 11/10 to return North with maximum points. Madine is 5/1 favourite to carry on his good work from midweek and land the opener.

League Two leaders Swindon are 13/10 to lift the JPT at Wembley on Sunday with Chesterfield 11/5 and the draw at 23/10. Swindon are 8/11 to lift the Trophy and Chesterfield Evens; note this is either 90 minutes, via extra time or penalties.

We bet 6/1 for Jack Lester to grab the Wembley opener, 13/2 Craig Westcarr and 10/1 Jordan Bowery.

The nap of the weekend sees Swansea entertain Everton at the Liberty Stadium; the Swans have won all three fixtures in March without conceding a goal and they are 5/4 to beat the Toffees who will have one eye on Tuesday’s FA Cup sixth round replay with Sunderland. Swans are 11/4 to make it a perfect month by winning without conceding. Everton don’t score many goals at the best of times.

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