Bookies make Owls 6/1 to finish in the play-off spots

A run of three Championship victories on the spin means that Sheffield Wednesday are now just four points adrift of the play-off places and as a result the Owls are in to 6/1 with BetVictor to finish in the top six while quote them at 16/1 to ultimately gain promotion.

This weekend provide Stuart Gray’s men with a great opportunity to enhance their chances and bookies think they’ll do just that, Stan James installing Wednesday as 11/10 favourites to get the better of Bolton (11/4, bet365) at Hillsborough, where BetVictor price a stalemate at 12/5.

Sheffield United strengthened their play-off chances with an impressive victory over high-flying Preston last Saturday but they face another huge test of their top six mettle this weekend as they travel to third-placed MK Dons.

The Blades are William Hill’s 14/5 underdogs while BetVictor consider the hosts to be 21/20 jollies and it’s 5/2 (Skybet) to prove inconclusive. A point would be a decent return for Nigel Clough’s side, who are 6/1 via Paddy Power to card a 1-1 draw and 17/20 with William Hill to avoid defeat.

For more optimistic travelling fans, bet365 quote another 2-1 United triumph at 12/1 and any away win by one is 9/2 (Stan James).

Bookies believe Doncaster will emerge triumphant in the derby clash against Barnsley at the Keepmoat Stadium, Ladbrokes classing them as 21/20 favourites and bet365 chalking the Tykes up at 3/1. Meanwhile, offer 11/4 about a Chesterfield victory at table-topping Swindon.

Rotherham were turned over 5-1 by Bournemouth in the FA Cup less than a fortnight so the formbook doesn’t exactly favour the Millers as the two teams prepare to renew hostilities in the Championship.

The odds reflect as much, BetVictor classing United as 16/5 outsiders and Stan James making the Cherries 9/10 while bet365 quote Steve Evans’s troops at 13/5 to snare a respectable point at the New York Stadium, where it’s 14/1 with betway to finish 2-2.

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