Sheffield United and Chesterfield warmed up for the play-offs by drawing at Bramall Lane last weekend but that match was a dead rubber and the pair will be far more committed as they start their respective two-legged semi-final ties tonight.
The Blades, Skybet’s 9/4 second favourites for promotion, take on Swindon. Despite the fact the Robins finished eight points ahead of Nigel Clough’s men over the season, it’s United that are odds-on at 17/20 via Ladbrokes to reach the final.
BetVictor chalk the Blades up at 5/4 to take a lead to the County Ground while the visitors are 12/5 with Stan James to put themselves in the driving seat and it’s an identical 12/5, this time at bet365, for the pair to be inseparable.
That’s likely to be a popular wager given that United shared the spoils in their last three League One outings, all of which finished one-apiece and a repeat of that result will attract cash at 6/1 courtesy of betway. BetVictor price any score draw at 15/4, it’s 4/1 (Winner.com) to be level at the end of each half for the third Blades match in four and in bet365’s ‘Draw No Bet’ market, Clough’s men are 4/7.
It’s 8/5 at bet365 for Chesterfield to reach the final at the expense of a Preston team that missed out on automatic promotion on the last day of the season. PNE are just 1/2 (betway) to get to Wembley and Stan James quote them at 7/5 to rack up a first leg advantage at the Proact. BetVictor quote the Spireites at 21/10 to grab a vital success, a stalemate comes in at 12/5 via bet365.
Elsewhere, the goals are 10/1 (William Hill) to be shared 2-1 in favour of Paul Cook’s boys, who are 6/1 with Winner.com to shade it following an even first period and Paddy Power chalk Sam Clucas up at 7/1 to open the scoring.
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