Home advantage may be crucial in local derby

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Back-to-back defeats and then a weekend of enforced inactivity have nudged Sheffield United down to seventh place while Wednesday have moved in the opposite direction, rising to second on the back of four straight wins.

The formbook is with the Owls although the Blades’ home advantage means that Danny Wilson’s troops are Ladbrokes’ 5/4 favourites for the points while Wednesday are available at 5/2 via Victor Chandler.

Inevitably, plenty of punters, particularly neutrals, will like the look of Betdaq’s 3.4 (12/5) for the spoils to be shared at Bramall Lane, where Skybet chalk 6/1 against a 1-1 scoreline and Stan James quote 9/2 for the sides to be on level terms at the end of each half.

For Blades fans, the hosts are 3/1 with bet365 to shade it by a margin of one and the in-form Owls are slightly higher at 4/1 (Paddy Power) to prevail by a solitary goal. Totesport post 11/1 against a 2-1 triumph for the Owls and an identical scoreline in favour of the Blades is priced by Betfred at 8/1.

Doncaster are in action tonight as they welcome Leeds to the Keepmoat. Rovers are 2/1 outsiders for the points with Betfred but they have made a flying start to life under Dean Saunders, taking seven points from three matches. Totesport rate Rovers at 11/1 to win 2-1 and Saunders’ side are a generous 6/1 courtesy of Paddy Power, to secure a maximum haul despite a drawn first period.

Also in the Championship, Victor Chandler make Barnsley 10/3 to emerge triumphant at Portsmouth but a stalemate (12/5, Sportingbet) is perhaps a better bet at Fratton Park. In League One, Chesterfield are the narrowest of favourites as they host Notts County, Boylesports quoting the Spireites at 6/4 and bet365 rate Rotherham at 9/5 to end a run of three straight League Two defeats by getting the better of Bristol Rovers this evening.

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