Bookies eye Sheffield United for promotion hunt

Sheffield United v Oldham: action shot
Sheffield United v Oldham: action shot
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Despite only managing a stalemate against Oldham last weekend, Sheffield United remain in the hunt at the top of League One and they’re now a 15/8 chance at betway to gain promotion.

The Blades are also a skinny 4/9 with bet365 to finish in the top six and Ladbrokes make them odd-on at 4/5 to pick up maximum points at home to Notts County (21/5, BetVictor).

Bet365 price another draw at 13/5, William Hill mark 13/2 against a second consecutive 1-1 scoreline and it’s 14/1 (Stan James) for Nigel Clough’s side to again come back from a half-time deficit to secure a point.

Those prices will be popular given the Magpies unbeaten away record but the visitors have hit a sticky patch and United will fancy their chances. Skybet offer 5/2 about United shading it by a one-goal margin, a repeat of the 2-1 triumph from last season’s corresponding fixture is an 8/1 shot courtesy of BetVictor.

Sheffield Wednesday shared the spoils for a remarkable seventh time in the last nine outings last weekend and bookies are treading carefully where an inconclusive affair is concerned as they Owls prepare to entertain Wigan. Stan James offer 9/4 about the Hillsbrough clash finishing all square, another goalless encounter is 8/1 with BetVictor and it’s 15/4 (bet365) to be a score draw.

Inevitably, some fans will be keen to back Stuart Gray’s men at 4/5 in’s ‘Draw No Bet’ market but the Latics have struggled on their travels so it’s the ideal chance for Wednesday to get back to winning ways. They’re 3/1 (Stan James) to do so by a solitary goal and BetVictor chalk them up at 7/1 to prevail 1-0.

Rotherham have slipped into the bottom three following the home reverse against Birmingham but they have a chance to ease their relegation worries a touch as they come up against bottom club Blackpool. Betway class the Millers as their 3/4 favourites, BetVictor chalk another defeat for United at 21/5 and bet365 make the two sides 13/5 to take home a point apiece.

Barnsley were edged out by Chesterfield at the weekend but the Tykes are fancied to bounce back immediately, Stan James installing them as 5/6 favourites to get the better of a Scunthorpe outfit struggling at the wrong end of the table.

Nobody in League One has won more away matches this term than Doncaster, who racked up a fifth success on the road at Rochdale on Saturday and Rovers subsequently head to rock bottom Crewe as Stan James’s 11/10 favourites. Chesterfield meanwhile, are also 11/10, this time at Paddy Power, to overcome Crawley.

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