Wednesday are emphatic favourites to stay in the hunt

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If Sheffield Wednesday fail to beat Carlisle and Sheffield United collect a maximum haul at MK Dons then the automatic promotion battle will effectively be decided and will be over mathematically if the Owls are defeated.

Dave Jones’ side however, are emphatic favourites at 4/6 with BetVictor to stay in the hunt by getting the better of the Cumbrians, Skybet’s 9/2 outsiders and aided by home advantage Wednesday should have the upper hand despite the desperation of the visitors to force their way into the play-off places.

Nevertheless, Carlisle’s ambitions should ensure it’s a close affair at Hillsborough, where bet365 quote the Owls at 3/1 to shade it by a one-goal margin and Blue Square make Jones’ troops 7/1 to extend their 11-game unbeaten run by registering a 2-1 triumph. Alternatively, as the Cumbrians have suffered back-to-back 1-0 losses, some supporters might want to back Wednesday at 7/1 (Coral) to grab the only goal while the Owls are 7/2 with Ladbrokes to secure a crucial victory despite going in on level terms at the break.

Sheffield United are four points ahead of their rivals with three to play so their fate is in their own hands. They know that victory at MK Dons could see them promoted this weekend if matters elsewhere work in their favour and William Hill price the Blades at 6/4 to win.

Boylesports mark 15/8 against the hosts potentially throwing the battle for second spot wide open and it’s 5/2 via Stan James to finish all square at stadium:mk but as United have racked up six straight victories they’re hard to oppose. Blue Square chalk the Blades at 9/1 to nick it 2-1, just as they did when the pair met back in October and Ladbrokes offer 10/3 for United to be in front at the end of each half.

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