Whoever wins tomorrow’s clash at the Amex will top the Championship table at least for the best part of 24-hours with the Owls 14/5 to put behind their defeat at Selhurst Park last time against a Brighton side who are 14/1 for the title.
The hosts remain 21/20 favourites to pick up all three points with the draw at 13/5; Brighton were not exactly prolific in the Championship last term but have scored eight in their last two and three or more goals at 4/5 with BetVictor looks of interest with the same price being offered for both teams to score.
Brighton’s Scottish international Craig Mackail-Smith already has a contender for goal of the season after his brilliant overhead kick at Turf Moor and the striker is 5/1 to grab Friday’s opener with Chris O’Grady 15/2, Gary Madine 9s and Jermaine Johnson 14s; a point for the Owls will do nicely and 2-2 also at 14/1 is the call.
Barnsley entertain Blackpool looking to maintain their 100 per cent home record at Oakwell after their excellent win against Bristol City; the Reds should have been out of sight at half time but the sending off of Bobby Hassell changed the game and in the end Keith Hill and the Tykes’ faithful were glad to hear the final whistle.
The Tangerines lost their unbeaten record at Leicester a fortnight ago and it promises to be a cracking match; Blackpool are 23/20 to make Oakwell rock with the Reds 23/10 and the draw 5/2.
If the Reds maintain their excellent home record you would have to say those scaremongers who made Barnsley favourites for the drop will have to rethink; Posh are favourites at 8/13 to be relegated with Barnsley 5/4, Palace 9/4 and 4s Bar.
Bury are the visitors to Bramall Lane on Saturday and Sheffield United really ought to take all three points on offer against a Shakers side who sit one place from the foot of the League One table.
The Blades are 8/15 to take maximum points with Bury 6/1 and the draw at 33/10; this would be a coupon-buster if Bury travelled back to Lancashire with the points; but I can’t see it.
We are unashamedly with the Blades at BetVictor offering 7/2 for the title and 15/8 for promotion.
Doncaster travel to Colchester on Saturday to meet a U’s side who are without a win this term and who sit in the bottom three in the table albeit only on goal difference.
Rovers have not been in action for a fortnight.
They will be keen to get their season back on track after the defeat at Yeovil last time.
Dean Saunders’ side are 15/8 for all three points with the hosts 31/20 and the draw at 12/5; Rovers are out to 20/1 for the title and 5s for promotion but I think they can nick this one with the U’s only 9/4 to be relegated at BetVictor.
At the time of writing Sean Dyche, who has been raising his profile courtesy of Sky Sports News, is 8/11 to be the next permanent manager of Chesterfield with Brian Laws 2s and 10/1 Tommy Wright (see page 49) who appears to have the backing of the players.
The Spireites were denied their first win of the campaign courtesy of a late wonder strike at Bootham Crescent last weekend and are 21/20 to break their duck against Wycombe who they can leapfrog with all three points.
The visitors, who haven’t won since the opening day themselves, are 29/10 for all three points with a draw priced at 5/2.