Despite last weekend’s impressive win over Walsall, Sheffield United remain an outside bet (16/1 with Stan James) to make the play-offs and while they’re priced at a skinny-looking 6/5 (William Hill) to win on Saturday, they’ll present high-flying Gillingham with a stern challenge.
None of the pair’s last five meetings have ended level, although with plenty at stake for both sides, Skybet’s 9/1 for the match to finish goalless has attracted support. The same is true of Stan James’s even money for the contest to yield fewer than 2.5 goals, or of the 13/2 chalked by Winner against United securing a 1-0 victory and three vital points.
There were 33 goals scored in the Championship last weekend with slightly more (17) scored by home teams than by those playing at away, a trend Sheffield Wednesday supporters no doubt hope will continue on Saturday when their team faces Bristol City priced as Betfred’s 9/5 favourites.
The last three meetings of Rotherham and MK Dons have yielded 14 goals, a trend acknowledged by bet365 who chalk 5/6 about Saturday’s duel producing more than 2.5 goals.
The Dons start as Ladbrokes’ 13/10 favourites, but backers expecting Rotherham’s fine run to continue can get 9/4 (Skybet) against them heading home with maximum points.
Following last Sunday’s JPT win at Wembley, one wonders whether Barnsley could secure a cup and promotion double. They’re now 5/4 (Sportingbet) to finish in the top six, odds that could shorten should they overhaul Chesterfield at Oakwell on Saturday.
The Spireites are in need of the points and their 4/1 odds to win (Stan James) look a tad too frothy; the draw is rated an 11/4 shot by Betway.
Doncaster travel to Bury priced as Betfred’s 2/1 underdogs and those wondering if more late drama is on the cards might fancy Paddy Power’s 10/11 for the game’s last goal to come after the 73rd minute.
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