SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY: Galpharm clash a pivotal match for Wednesday

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IT seems natural to describe tomorrow’s game at the Galpharm Stadium as a six-pointer, though it is not a term I have ever liked.

There are, of course, only three points for a win.

But could the clash between the Owls and Huddersfield be a pivotal occasion for both clubs?

If Wednesday win they go six points clear of the Terriers with only five games left.

If Huddersfield win they go level with the Owls and have a goal difference advantage of 10.

It could be a showdown that puts one of the clubs on course for the play-offs rather than maintaining their challenge for automatic promotion.

I think that Sheffield United will beat Bournemouth at Bramall Lane and that the Owls will need to win to stay strong in the chase for second place.

Whatever happens tomorrow, the season will by no means be over, of course. Dave Jones says: “It (the overall picture) becomes clearer with every game you play.

“It won’t be decided on Saturday or Monday (when the Owls are at home to Oldham).

“It’s just that we’re down to the last bit now and you have to keep ploughing on and keep your foot to the floor.”

Sometimes, when a campaign is over, you can look back and identify a game that seems to have been a decider or turning point, whether the issue be promotion or relegation.

In 1980 it was a victory in a crunch clash at top-end-of-the-table rivals Blackburn that put the Owls on the brink of promotion; in 1984 they won a similar sort of game at Newcastle. When they went down in 1989, it was a home defeat by Spurs that started a disastrous run in the last few weeks of the season.

In 2003 a home 4-0 hammering by preceded a slide towards relegation.

In view of the fact that Wednesday and Huddersfield drew 4-4 in an extraordinary, see-saw match at Hillsborough in December, I would have thought that the return game would be a magnet for the TV boys.

But it is not on TV. The kick-off was brought forward to 12.30 on police advice, which usually means it is an attempt to avoid trouble between rival fans.

Maybe the game could end up a relatively dull draw; you never know, even though the recent form of both sides suggests that it ought not to be goalless.

Once it is over, thoughts will turn immediately to the Easter Monday programme.

The Oldham game at Hillsborough kicks off at 12.45 and this one IS live on the box.

While most of the focus in these parts is on Wednesday, United and Huddersfield, other results will also be relevant in deciding who will make up the play-off quartet - and Charlton are not yet home and dry at No 1.

Today sees Tranmere v Stevenage and Wycombe v Carlisle. Tomorrow it’s Oldham v Charlton and Preston v MK Dons.

Monday includes Stevenage v Preston, Bournemouth v Huddersfield, Carlisle v Scunthorpe, Charlton v Walsall and MK Dons v Tranmere.

United play away to Rochdale on Tuesday.