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The promotion pendulum swung back towards Sheffield United in midweek, meaning Sheffield Wednesday can ill afford any slip-ups as they entertain patchy Preston and bookies believe the Owls can keep the pressure on their neighbours by landing a maximum haul, Ladbrokes installing them as 4/7 favourites.

North End, Betfred’s 6/1 outsiders, look a touch more solid since Graham Westley took charge while the fact that the Owls drew with struggling Walsall in their last match at Hillsborough, could nudge sceptics towards Skybet’s 3/1 for it to finish all square.

Boylesports price Jones’ charges at 29/10 to edge it by a one-goal margin but punters recalling the Owls’ 2-0 success over Preston in the reverse fixture might be expecting a more comprehensive victory and for them Coral offer 13/2 for Wednesday to again notch twice without reply.

Sheffield United are now in the driving seat in terms of automatic promotion but they have only a two-point advantage so the heat is on ahead of the trip to Hartlepool. Nevertheless, following the 4-1 triumph over Chesterfield, the Blades are worthy favourites at 11/10 with Blue Square and bet365 rate Danny Wilson’s men at 3/1 to nick it by one at Victoria Park.

William Hill make United 13/2 to grab the game’s only goal.

In the Championship, Doncaster play tonight but they’re William Hill’s 3/1 outsiders as play-off chasing Birmingham. Barnsley are also underdogs, at 5/1 (bet365), as they head to Ipswich.

League One Chesterfield are 7/4 with Stan James to boost their chances of survival by sending Scunthorpe home from the b2net Stadium empty-handed. Coral price League Two Rotherham at 4/5 to register a home win overHereford.

Odds supplied by www.betrescue.com