Betting: Owls favourites for winning start at Hillsborough

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A disappointing first weekend of the season for the local Championship clubs with all three losing, and Barnsley and Doncaster Rovers were both cut to 7/4 to be relegated after their home defeats. Wednesday remain 11/4 to finish the season in the top half after their narrow loss at favourites QPR, writes Victor Chandler.

Wednesday entertain Burnley at the weekend and will be optimistic of all three points although in striker Danny Ings the Clarets look to have found a ready-made replacement for Charlie Austin who joined QPR last weekend. The Owls are 11/10 to give the Hillsborough faithful a winning start with Burnley, who drew against Bolton 1-1 on the opening day at Turf Moor, 27/10 and the draw at 12/5.

A goal from Bongani Khumalo was enough to take Rovers into the second round of the Capital One Cup midweek but Paul Dickov’s men remain 150/1 to lift the trophy at Wembley.

The Reds travel to Bloomfield Road to meet a Blackpool side who are a shade of odds on at 37/40 for all three points i with Barnsley 16/5 and the draw at 13/5. The Tangerines were beaten on Monday at Deepdale and I think this is a game Barnsley can get something from. A 1-1 draw is priced at 6/1 with Steve Davies at 19/4 to grab the opener and 6/4 to find the back of the net at any time during the 90 minutes.

Three points at Brentford on Saturday will certainly make up for Sheffield United’s midweek reverse. The Bees remain one of the favourites for the League One t itle and this will be a real test for both sides. Brentford got a point at Vale Park on the opening weekend before scrambling home against League Two Dagenham at Griffin Park in the League Cup on Tuesday. The hosts are 6/5 to take the points with the Blades 27/10 and the draw at 23/10. Lyle Taylor looked sharp for the Blades against the Brewers and is 6/1 to grab the opener.

Rotherham’s excellent 2-1 win over the Owls on Tuesday has set things up nicely for the visit of Preston. The Millers are 6/4 with Preston 15/8 and the draw 5/2; Preston have not conceded a goal in their two games so far this term but I fancy the Millers to take the spoils.

Chesterfield are 5/1 at BetVictor for the League Two title.

I think it rests between the Spireites and the Cod Army, and still think the 5s is a decent price.

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