The derby showdown between Sheffield Wednesday and Barnsley could have huge implications at the foot of the Championship as success for the Owls would see them pull further clear of danger and an away triumph would give the Reds’ own survival hopes a much-needed shot-in-the-arm.
Aided by home advantage, Stuart Gray’s charges are Skybet’s even money favourites while the visitors are available at 16/5 via BetVictor to close the gap between themselves and the hosts to just three points.
Stan James can expect interest in the 5/2 they mark against a stalemate while Ladbrokes post 13/2 against it finishing one-each, a score draw is 15/4 (BetVictor) and it’s 4/1 courtesy of bet365 for the teams to be inseparable at the end of each half.
For Wednesday supporters, Gray’s troops are a 4/9 chance via Stan James in the ‘Draw No Bet’ market, where Barnsley are 37/20 (betway) and as the latter are underdogs, they benefit from a goal start at 5/6 in Paddy Power’s handicaps.
However, having seen their side rack up nine unbeaten matches, Owls supporters will be in confident mood and for them, Wednesday are 17/2 (BetVictor) to repeat the 2-1 triumph from the corresponding fixture last term.
A 2-1 victory in favour of the visitors is a heftier 12/1 at bet365, any Owls success by a one-goal margin is 47/20 at Winner.com (the Reds are 9/2 with bet365 to nick it by one) and Stan James quote the hosts at 17/4 to prevail despite a level first half.
Like Wednesday, Doncaster have edged away from the Championship’s bottom three, Rovers having picked up seven points from their last available 10 but bookies don’t expect their mini-revival to continue, BetVictor pricing them as 14/5 underdogs for the points as they entertain Middlesbrough.
The visitors, rejuvenated themselves of late, are 11/10 at Ladbrokes while William Hill mark 5/2 against it finishing all square at the Keepmoat Stadium, where Rovers are 5/6 (bet365) to avoid defeat.
In League One, Sheffield United have slipped into the drop zone and face a six-pointer this weekend against Crewe, the team positioned directly above them. Bookmakers give the Blades the nod ahead of the Gresty Road encounter, Paddy Power offering 5/4 about a crucial away win and BetVictor pricing the Alex at 5/2 but neutrals could be tempted by bet365’s 13/5, posted against an inconclusive affair.
Nevertheless, travelling supporters will note Crewe’s three defeats in four and the optimistic might plump for either Ladbrokes’s 31/10 for United to shade it by one or a 1-0 victory at 8/1 (Winner.com).
Finally, Rotherham are 6/4 courtesy of Stan James to see off promotion-chasing Leyton Orient at the New York Stadium and in League Two, BetVictor make Chesterfield 7/10 to overcome Bristol Rovers.
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