Wednesday can force their way into contention

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Sheffield Wednesday have slipped back into third spot following Sheffield United’s midweek victory against Yeovil but the Owls have the opportunity to force their way right back into title contention as they entertain leaders Charlton Athletic.

Blue Square pricing them at 7/5 to send the visitors home empty-handed while BetVictor post 85/40 against Charlton and it’s 12/5 courtesy of Betfred to finish draw.

Wednesday however, have taken 29 points from a possible 33 on their own patch and as the Addicks haven’t entirely convinced of late, the Owls should sneak it.

Bet365 rate Megson’s charges at 6/1 to bag the game’s only goal and for the more cautious Paddy Power’s 3/1 for a home win by a one-goal margin is a viable alternative.

With a close encounter on the cards, it would be no surprise if the first half finished goalless (2/1, Stan James) and with that in mind William Hill’s 5/1 for Wednesday to nick it despite a drawn first half, is appealing. Sceptics meanwhile, can tackle Skybet’s 8/11, marked against the Owls in their ‘Draw No Bet’ market.

The Blades have been in outstanding form, winning seven of their last eight in the league to move into second place and at Bury tomorrow, they’ll be looking to take advantage of the fact that the teams either side of them in the table go head-to-head. Boylesports install United as 6/5 favourites to secure a maximum haul at Gigg Lane, where Skybet chalk a 2-1 United triumph up at 8/1 and Ladbrokes quote odds of 11/4 for the Blades to lead at the end of each half while Partybets offer 14/5 for an away win by a solitary goal.

Barnsley are priced at a chunky 5/1 by Betfred to collect three points at Leicester.

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