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Sheffield United are in the automatic promotion driving seat following last week’s victory at Hartlepool and bookmakers are confident the Blades will still be in second spot for another match at least, BetVictor quoting them at 4/6 to send Bournemouth, Ladbrokes’ 5/1 outsiders, home empty-handed.

Skybet mark 3/1 against the draw but as the managerless Cherries arrive at Bramall Lane in disarray, it’s difficult to envisage anything other than a home win. Boylesports make Danny Wilson’s charges 14/5 to shade it by a one-goal margin and it’s 7/1 with bet365 for United to register a 2-1 triumph but in the circumstances, the Blades are perhaps worth considering at odds of 17/10 in Blue Square’s handicap market, where they kick off a goal in arrears.

United have already beaten Bournemouth by two this term and they’re 7/1 (William Hill) to repeat the feat while Coral rate Wilson’s troops at 6/4 to be in relative control throughout by holding a lead at the end of each half.

Earlier in the day, Sheffield Wednesday have the opportunity to leapfrog United, temporarily at least, as they visit fourth-placed Huddersfield. Home advantage dictates that the Terriers command favouritism, William Hill chalking the hosts up at 7/5 to inflict a first defeat on the Owls under Dave Jones and Stan James quoting Wednesday at 2/1 to collect a crucial three points.

A stalemate is bound to be popular among neutrals at odds of 12/5 (Boylesports) and supporters can cover both the draw and an away success in the handicaps, where Skybet give Jones’ men a goal start at 4/7.

The Owls are 9/2 with Ladbrokes to shade it by one, 10/1 courtesy of bet365 to pick up a 2-1 victory and 6/1 at Paddy Power to emerge triumphant despite an even first half.

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