Bookies back Owls to win drop battle

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Sheffield Wednesday have won just two of their last 16 matches and the Owls have to now consider themselves almost in a relegation battle given that this weekend’s opponents, Dagenham, who are in the drop zone, will draw level on points with them if the pair’s Victoria Ground clash ends in a home win.

A crumb of comfort for Wednesday is the fact that bookmakers feel they are unlikely to go down, bet365 still marking 22/1 against them playing League Two football next season but as the Owls have lost three in a row a defeat against the Daggers is nevertheless considered a distinct possibility, William Hill pricing the hosts at 6/4 to come out on top.

Betdaq offer 3.4 (12/5) for the spoils to be shared and a 1-1 scoreline is available at 6/1 courtesy of Betfred but as only two of Wednesday’s 19 away fixtures have finished all square, a winner seems likely.

Ladbrokes make Megson’s charges 15/8 to be that victor, giving themselves some breathing space but it looks set to be a tight contest and if the Owls are to prevail it seems likely that they will do so by a one-goal margin (7/2, Paddy Power).

More specifically, they’re a 9/1 shot with Coral to nick it 1-0 and with little between the sides, it could take a while for Megson’s men to get on top, lending appeal to Ladbrokes’ 11/2 for them to triumph despite a drawn first period.

Rotherham United are 31/20 with Sportingbet to make a winning start under caretaker boss Andy Liddell as they head to Lincoln.

A Sincil Bank stalemate is likely to be well backed at 9/4 (Partybets) in a clash that bookies are struggling to decipher.

Chesterfield are 21/20 favourites with bet 365 to win at Barney and they’re worth considering at 11/4 (William Hill) to shade it by a goal.

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