Odds shorten on Sheffield United

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A third win on the bounce has forced Football League sponsor Sky Bet to shorten Sheffield United’s price for promotion from League 1.

Stefan Scougall scored the only goal of the game as the Blades beat 10-man Crewe at Gresty Road on Saturday, moving Nigel Clough’s men up to fifth in the table.

Consequently, Sky Bet trimmed Sheffield United’s odds on going up from 9/4 to 7/4 third favourites behind leaders Bristol City (1/2) and in-form Preston (11/10).

They’re also third favourites in the betting on who will win the division, though their price of 13/2 suggests they’re outsiders in that department.

Elsewhere in the Sky Bet Football League, Sheffield Wednesday’s winless run extended to six in the Championship, causing their odds on a top-half finish to lengthen to 11/8.

In contrast, fellow Championship side Rotherham are unbeaten in five and the likelihood of them staying in the division has now increased, with Sky Bet going 1/5 that they avoid the drop.

Meanwhile, in the lower half of League 1, Barnsley are in danger of freefalling down the table as no wins in their last three sees them just two points clear of the relegation zone.

However, they’re still considered outsiders for the drop at 7/1, with Sky Bet going 5/4 on a top-half finish for the Tykes, while even a top-six finish is more likely than relegation at 6/1.

Barnsley remain just one point better off than Doncaster, who gained a creditable draw with MK Dons on Saturday.

However, a top-half finish for Rovers appears increasingly unlikely, as they’re now 9/4 to end up in the top 12, though Sky Bet consider them outsiders for relegation at 13/2.

Finally, Chesterfield’s chances of successive promotions are on the wane following a third defeat in four, with the bookies going 12/1 on the Spireites going up.

They can still be backed to make the play-offs at 7/2, while they’re not expected to endure an immediate turn to League 2 at 10/1 to be relegated.