Betting: Sheffield Wednesday must got a point, at least, from Yorkshire derby
With Cardiff and Ipswich breathing down their neck, Sheffield Wednesday need at least a point to retain their play-off berth status on Saturday and to achieve this, they'll have to maintain their recent form (one defeat in six) when they face Huddersfield.
Given home advantage, the Terriers start as William Hill’s 6/4 favourites to win with the Owls 2/1 (Betfred) to triumph. Wednesday’s haul of seven goals and nine points from their last six outings has been enough to keep them in the promotion frame. They’ve won only two of their last six matches, but punters expecting them to make it three from seven on Saturday can get 4/1 (bet365) against them leading at the end of both halves, while BetVictor’s 2/1 for the Owls to win without conceding has caught the eye of many.
Wednesday have scored two consecutive 3-0 victories and Skybet consider the chances of them winning by two clear goals to be a 13/2 shot.
A Jose Baxter strike secured a point for Sheffield United when they faced Saturday opponents Walsall earlier in the campaign and with the Saddlers now promotion contenders, there’s a sense that United would take a draw when the pair lock horns again at Bramall Lane this weekend.
United start as Ladbrokes’ 7/5 favourites to win and backers can get 6/4 (Betway) against the opening period ending on level terms. The likelihood of it finishing 1-1 again is rated a 6/1 shot by Betway, while Coral chalk 12/5 about the match draw and Ladbrokes post 13/2 against the Blades winning 1-0.
Rotherham have won four of their last six matches and punters expecting Neil Warnock’s charges to continue this fine form against Leeds on Saturday can get 6/4 (Ladbrokes) against them securing three more vital points. Leeds kick off as Betway’s 2/1 underdogs to win, while the draw is quoted at 12/5 by Coral.
The Millers have won two and drawn one of their last three league matches against Leeds, a run which adds appeal to Betfred’s 17/2 for them to register a 2-1 victory.
Barnsley, meanwhile, have an opportunity to lift silverware at Wembley on Sunday when they face Oxford in the final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.
Skybet install Barnsley as their 6/4 jollies and although Oxford are a League Two side, they’re second in the table and almost certain to win automatic promotion, hence they’re only slightly longer odds than Barnsley (17/10, BetVictor.com) to win.
Backers anticipating a close encounter can get 9/1 (Betway) against Barnsley winning in extra time; those with longer fingernails may prefer Boylesports’ 11/1 for the Tykes to win the trophy on penalties.
Doncaster’s tenuous grip on a League One berth means they probably need to win at least four of their remaining seven fixtures if they’re to end the season with their status intact. However, Saturday’s opponents Rochdale open as William Hill’s 11/10 favourites to secure victory, with Rovers quoted at a lengthy-looking 14/5 (Betfred) to claim three points.
Finally, Chesterfield are 6/4 (Betway) to overhaul Port Vale on Saturday. With one win in their last five, they’re in danger of being caught up in a relegation tussle, but punters who suspect they can revert to winning ways (they beat Vale 3-0 in the corresponding fixture last term) can get 13/2 (BetVictor.com) against them winning 1-0.
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