Blades favourites to beat Reds and Rovers in Easter derbies

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Sheffield United’s grip on a play-off place loosened a touch last weekend as they slipped to a shock defeat against Crewe and the Blades face a derby double header next as they seek to rubber stamp a top six berth as soon as possible.

Their two opponents, Barnsley and Doncaster, are also in the hunt for the play-offs so the picture in that department is set to become a lot clearer after the Easter fixtures. On Saturday, Nigel Cloughs’s men make the journey to Oakwell, where they’ll start as Ladbrokes’s 5/4 favourites to overhaul the Tykes, BetVictor’s 12/5 underdogs and it’s 5/2 courtesy of bet365 to finish all square.

Bet365 also chalk a score draw up at 4/1, betway go 6/1 about a 1-1 scoreline and in the ‘Draw No Bet’ market, United are 4/6 chance at Paddy Power while Stan James price Lee Johnson’s charges at 5/4.

Clough’s side are stronger favourites at home to Doncaster on Tuesday at 5/6 via Skybet, with Rovers deemed 10/3 underdogs by bet365. In Rovers’ first Easter contest though, they’re the ones that get the nod from bookies – at 11/8 thanks to Paddy Power – as they welcome Bradford to the Keepmoat Stadium for another vital showdown.

Barnsley are 6/4 with BetVictor to secure a victory at struggling Colchester on Easter Monday,

Ladbrokes offer 13/10 about Chesterfield defeating rock-bottom Yeovil away.

In the Championship, Sheffield Wednesday are just 11/10 with Stan James to send Huddersfield home from Hillsborough empty handed on Saturday. BetVictor quote the Owls at 14/5 to win by a solitary goal, betway offer 8/1 about a 2-1 victory for Wednesday, who will travel to Norwich as Skybet’s 4/1 outsiders 48 hours later.

Rotherham are 5/2 (Ladbrokes) to ease their relegation fears by winning at Birmingham. On Monday, BetVictor make the Millers 9/5 at home to Brighton.

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