Sheffield United’s grip on a play-off place loosened a touch last weekend as they slipped to a shock defeat against Crewe and the Blades face a derby double header next as they seek to rubber stamp a top six berth as soon as possible.
Of course their two opponents, Barnsley and Doncaster, are also in the hunt for the play-offs and subsequently the picture in that department is set to become a lot clear once we’re out of the back of the Easter fixtures.
On Saturday, Nigel Cloughs’s men make the short journey to Oakwell, where they’ll start as Ladbrokes’s 5/4 favourites to overhaul the Tykes, BetVictor’s 12/5 underdogs and it’s 5/2 courtesy of bet365 to finish all square, a wager that will inevitably attract cash in the circumstances.
Bet365 also chalk a score draw up at 4/1, betway go 6/1 about a 1-1 scoreline and in the ‘Draw No Bet’ market, United are 4/6 chance at Paddy Power while Stan James price Lee Johnson’s charges at 5/4.
In November’s reverse fixture the Tykes nicked it 1-0, a feat BetVictor make them 9/1 to repeat, the same result in favour of the Blades is a more modest 6/1 with Winner.com and the teams are available at 5/1 (William Hill) and 12/5 (Stan James) respectively, to lead at the end of each half.
Clough’s side host Doncaster on Tuesday and on that occasion they’re stronger favourites, this time at 5/6 via Skybet, with Rovers deemed 10/3 underdogs by bet365. In Rovers’ first Easter contest though, they’re the ones that get the nod from bookies – at 11/8 thanks to Paddy Power – as they welcome Bradford to the Keepmoat Stadium for another vital showdown.
Barnsley meanwhile, are 6/4 with BetVictor to secure a victory at struggling Colchester on Easter Monday, Chesterfield are Stan James’s 11/5 underdogs as they visit Bradford and Ladbrokes offer 13/10 about the Spireites defeating rock-bottom Yeovil at Huish Park three days later.
In the Championship, Sheffield Wednesday have little but the highest possible league position to play for but they’re nevertheless just 11/10 with Stan James to send Huddersfield home from Hillsborough empty handed on Saturday.
BetVictor quote the Owls at 14/5 to overcome the Terriers by a solitary goal in the mid-table scrap, betway offer 8/1 about a 2-1 victory for Wednesday, who will travel to Norwich as Skybet’s 4/1 outsiders 48 hours later.
Finally, Rotherham are still looking nervously over their shoulder and are as high as 5/2 (Ladbrokes) to ease their relegation fears by defeating Birmingham at St Andrews. Following that on Monday, BetVictor make the Millers 9/5 in the early betting for the clash with Brighton at the New York Stadium.
Odds supplied by betrescue.com.