BETTING: Bet on Owls to finish the job

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THE battle between Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United for automatic promotion is going right to the wire but after last weekend’s results, second spot is now the Owls’ to lose and bookies don’t expect Dave Jones’ men to fall at the final hurdle.

Now just 1/8 via Coral to go up, Wednesday know that a home victory against relegated Wycombe will ensure they are playing Championship football next season and Boylesports make the Owls emphatic 1/4 favourites to see off the dejected Chairboys at Hillsborough, where the visitors are 10/3 with Skybet to leave the door slightly ajar for the Blades by avoiding defeat.

Realistically however, it’s hard to oppose Jones’ charges on their own patch, against a demoralised team with a dreadful away record and the Owls could well end up prevailing pretty comfortably.

They’re worth covering then in the handicaps at 4/7 (Stan James) when kicking off a goal in arrears and even at 6/4 courtesy of bet365 when starting two goals behind their opponents while Paddy Power rate Wednesday at 7/1 to notch three times without reply.

A more modest 2-0 success is a 6/1 shot at William Hill but either way Jones’ side should dominate from the early stages and Stan James offer safe-looking odds of 7/10 for the Owls to be in possession of a lead at both half-time and the final whistle.

The implications of last Saturday’s 2-2 stalemate against Stevenage are that United are likely to need the play-offs to gain promotion and BetVictor make the Blades 7/2 to go on and win that mini-tournament.

Aware that they are unlikely to pip their neighbours to second, Danny Wilson’s troops can only do their bit at Exeter and hope for a miracle and they’re 4/7 with Betfred to at least give themselves a slim chance by collecting three points at the expense of the Grecians, Ladbrokes’ 5/1 underdogs.

The hosts, like Wycombe, have already been relegated and despite their fairly solid home record they’ll be hard-pressed to end what has been a disappointing campaign on a high at St James’ Park, where BetVictor mark 27/10 against United emerging triumphant by a one-goal margin.

More specifically, Coral quote the Blades at 15/2 to register a 2-1 triumph, it’s 7/5 via Paddy Power for Wilson’s team to be in front when each half comes to a close and for the more confident Skybet penalise Sheffield United by a goal in the handicaps at 11/8.

Chesterfield will be competing in League Two next year but they’re decent value at 2/1 with BetVictor to finish with a flourish by beating Brentford in a dead rubber.

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