BETTING: Weekend odds for Sheffield United, Sheffield Wednesday, Barnsley, Doncaster Rovers, Rotherham and Chesterfield

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With three matches remaining, Sheffield United have almost confirmed their place in the play-offs and they’ll tighten their grasp on a top six berth this week if they pick up three points at the expense of visiting Bradford this weekend.

Bet365 make the Blades even money to stay on course for a trip to Wembley, the Bantams are 16/5 with Ladbrokes to stall United’s progress and it’s 13/5 at Stan James to finish all square, a result that wouldn’t be too disastrous for Nigel Clough’s troops given that their only ambition at present is to ensure they reach the play-offs.

The pair’s last two meetings here both produced score draws, an outcome BetVictor rate at 15/4 on this occasion, the same firm mark 15/1 against a 2-2 scoreline and it’s 19/4 at for scores to be level at both the 45 and 90-minute marks.

City however, have been a touch inconistent of late and as the Blades also enjoy home advantage, they should ultimately come out on top, albeit in a potentially tight encounter. Those in agreement can tackle Stan James’s 14/5 about a United triumph by a one-goal margin, betway offer odds of 15/2 for Clough’s charges to register a 2-1 success and it’s 4/1 (bet365) for the Blades to secure the points despite going in at the break on level terms.

Fans expecting a more dominant display from the hosts meanwhile, can back them at 10/1 with BetVictor to notch twice without reply, just as they did in October’s reverse fixture.

Chesterfield are also looking to secure a top six spot in League One but bookies tentatively think they’ll manage to enhance their chances on Saturday at Oldham. The Spireites head to Boundary Park as bet365’s 11/8 jollies and they’re 5/2 (Stan James) to snare a point, a price that has already attracted cash.

However, Paul Cook’s team are in decent shape at present and will fancy their chances of overhauling the patchy Latics so a case can be made for Paddy Power’s 3/1, posted against them nicking it by one. More precisely, a 1-0 BetVictor go 19/2 about a 1-0 away win.

In the same division, William Hill consider Doncaster to be 23/20 favourites to see off Fleetwood at the Keepmoat Stadium and Barnsley are 6/4 at Skybet to get the better of Peterborough.

Bournemouth are right in the mix at the top of the Championship so it’s perhaps not surprising that Sheffield Wednesday will head to face the Cherries as huge underdogs at 15/2 (Stan James). BetVictor quote the Owls at 4/1 to earn a respectable point on the south coast, where bet365 rate them at 12/5 to avoid defeat and for optimists, a 2-1 Wednesday triumph is a whopping 28/1 courtesy of BetVictor.

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