Victor Chandler Column: Owls can get a lift

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Sheffield Wednesday need to recover well after the disappointment of failing to see off Charlton Athletic in the 5th round of the FA Cup on Monday night.

Manager Stuart Gray claimed that ‘the occasion got to us’ as Wednesday missed out on a dream quarter-final with Sheffield United thanks to a Simon Church winner for the Addicks, who put their

woeful league form to one side for the evening.

The hype ultimately got to the players but they should be able to make amends with Middlesbrough’s arrival on Saturday, Wednesday 6/4 favourites with BetVictor, Boro 21/10 and the draw 9/4.

Wednesday have lost their last three at home (two of them in the league) but Boro are firing blanks an Aitor Karanka’s side played out a goalless draw with Leeds and have now gone six games without scoring.

Wednesday produced a clinical display to beat Huddersfield 2-0 and a repeat scoreline appeals at 12/1.

Barnsley produced a huge performance to beat Millwall 1-0 at Oakwell to go just two points above the relegation zone and light beginning to appear at the end of the tunnel. BetVictor still

make them 1/3 on to be playing League One football next season but I think they can get a result at Huddersfield at the weekend, which could give them the momentum to stay up.

Huddersfield are the even-money favourites, Barnsley 17/5 and the draw 5/2 but the Terriers threw away plenty of chances against Wednesday and have lost 6 of their last 8 - fingers crossed the Tykes can pour more misery on Mark Robins’ side.

Doncaster were dragged back into the relegation battle after a 1-0 defeat at Yeovil and remain 5/4 with BetVictor to go down and 9/2 outsiders for this weekend’s trip to Bournemouth. It’s likely to be tight and a 1-0 Rovers win is 14/1 with BetVictor.

Sheffield United’s revival continues under Nigel Clough. A quarter-final in the FA Cup awaits with Charlton and the Blades defeated both Bristol City and Colchester in the week to move to mid-table and they have now won their last six in all competitions.

They should continue their fine form with an away trip to MK Dons before Peterborough visit Bramall Lane next Tuesday. BetVictor make MK Dons 5/4 favourites, the Blades and the draw both 12/5 with preference for the latter. The Blades are 6/4 favourites for Peterborough’s arrival. Posh are 15/8 and the draw 5/2.