Blades and Rovers neck and neck

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Despite the Blades’ failure to break down the stubborn resistance of Leyton Orient midweek the League 1 table makes happy reading ahead of the weekend fixtures although it is no exaggeration to say it is tight at the top with four points covering the first seven in the table and a progressive Coventry also trying to break into the play-off places.

Top-of-the-table Doncaster Rovers entertain an improving Hartlepool side on Saturday with Pools unbeaten in their last seven, having picked up 17 points from their last 21.

Rovers are 3/4 to capture all three points with Pools 4/1 and the draw 11/4; two months ago this would have been a home banker but Brian Flynn will make sure there is no complacency for Rovers who are 5/1 for the Title and 5/4 for promotion at

Sheffield United will also know they have been in a game at Boundary Park against an Oldham side who lost nothing in defeat at Goodison in the FA Cup midweek.

The Blades are 13/10 favourites with the draw 12/5 and the hosts 23/10. United are 5/2 favs for the title and 8/11 for promotion at BetVictor and three points would be a big result.

Sheffield Wednesday have had a great February and the 1-0 home win over promotion-chasing Palace was further evidence of the ability and belief at the club; other Cclubs around them are picking up points in the battle to avoid the drop save Wolves who face Watford in a televised game tomorrow evening.

Forest have improved under Billy Davies and there is sure to be a cracking atmosphere at Hillsborough in another televised encounter on Saturday evening; Wednesday are out to 4s for the drop and Forest 14s for promotion. Perhaps a draw would suit neither Club but at 12/5 this is the call. The Owls are 8/5 and Forest 15/8 for all three points.

Barnsley’s wonderful run under David Flitcroft hit the skids at Ashton Gate where they lost 5-3. But, after such a magnificent run and with an FA Cup quarter final to follow next weekend these are exciting times at Oakwell.

Bolton are the visitors this weekend in the first of two vital Championship games (they face Burnley at Turf Moor on Tuesday) and there are signs that Dougie Freedman is turning things around at the Reebok as Bolton travel with a five-match unbeaten run. We can’t split the sides at 17/10 at with the draw 12/5. Barnsley are 11/8 for relegation, the same price as Wolves.

Although automatic promotion remains in their own hands Tuesday night’s draw for Rotherham against York was two points lost and four of the next five games for the Millers are on the road beginning with a trip to Southend on Saturday; the hosts who are five points shy of the play-off places are 8/5 with the Millers 9/5 and the draw at 12/5.

Rotherham are 8/1 for the League 2 Title and 4/7 for promotion.

Chesterfield can’t seem to find the back of the net and three barren games in front of goal has seen a frustrated Paul Cook pull what little hair he had out!

The Spireites travel to meet Dagenham, who are without John Still who left midweek after nine years’ service at the club; the hosts are 13/10 to make a winning start in front of the daggers faithful for interim manager Wayne Burnett with Chesterfield 11/5 and the draw 5/2.

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