With just a couple of matches remaining, Sheffield United will be eyeing the play-offs but momentum can be important where the end-of-season mini-tournament is concerned so Blades boss Nigel Clough will be urging his players to finish strongly.
United are 17/10 via BetVictor to card a victory at Leyton Orient in their penultimate fixture while the relegation-threatened O’s, under a touch more pressure than their opponents, have been backed in to 6/4 at Stan James and it’s 12/5 courtesy of William Hill for the Blades to record a third stalemate in four outings.
The latter will be popular given the fact that the pair shared the spoils at Bramall Lane back in October and a repeat of the 2-2 scoreline from that contest is a 12/1 shot at Stan James. Alternatively, any score draw can be backed at 7/2 (BetVictor) and bet365 offer 14/1 about Clough’s troops again recovering from a half-time deficit to land a point.
United’s more relaxed mindset however, could prove beneficial so one or two fans might fancy them at 10/11 in Paddy Power’s ‘Draw No Bet’ market and for the more positive, an away success by a one-goal margin is 10/3 at bet365. More accurately, Winner.com mark 9/1 against a 2-1 Blades triumph.
Just one place behind Sheffield United, Chesterfield also have the play-offs on their mind and they’re 6/4 with betway to stay in form by defeating a Bristol City side with the League One title already wrapped up.
In the Championship, Sheffield Wednesday bagged an impressive point at title-chasing Bournemouth and Winner.com go 8/11 about them following that up by seeing off troubled Leeds at Hillsborough. The Owls are 13/5 (Ladbrokes) to edge out their Yorkshire rivals by a solitary strike and betway make a 1-0 Wednesday win 11/2.
Rotherham still have work to do to secure their Championship status and bookies don’t fancy them to edge closer to that aim on Saturday as they welcome promotion-chasing Norwich to the New York Stadium. The Millers are as high as 11/2 at BetVictor, to collect three crucial points, despite their home advantage, Stan James price the Canaries at 4/7 to stay on course for a Premier League return and it’s 16/5 with bet365 for the pair to be inseparable.
A top-half finish in League One is Doncaster’s aim now but Rovers aren’t expected to snare a maximum haul this week, bet365 classing them as 2/1 outsiders at struggling Notts County. The relegation-threatened Magpies are Stan James’s 13/10 favourites but there’s been early money for a stalemate, at 5/2 (BetVictor) as punters cast their minds back to January’s reverse fixture, which finished goalless.
Finally, bookmakers side with Bradford, bet365 installing them as even money favourites, as they prepare to face Barnsley, Skybet’s 11/4 underdogs.
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