Wednesday title odds cut - Blades still favourites

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When Sheffield Wednesday were 2-0 down inside the first half-hour at Pride Park last weekend few Owls supporters would have dreamt they would be lying second in the Championship table after the first couple of fixtures.

But it says much for the resilience and ability of Dave Jones’ side that they were able to turn things around in the east Midlands before a cracking win against Birmingham on Tuesday.

The Owls are now 25/1 from 33s for the Championship title at BetVictor (8/1 to be promoted) with Bolton the new 11/2 favourites with Leicester out to 7/1 following their midweek loss; note Wednesday are 3/1 to finish in the top six and thus get at worst a play-off spot.

Millwall are the visitors on Saturday and they will be looking for back-to-back wins on the road having beaten a poor looking Peterborough at London Road in midweek. The Owls are 21/20 to maintain their cracking start to the campaign with the Lions 29/10 and the draw at 23/10; this is a very winnable game for Dave Jones’ side and odds against looks a fair price.

Four points from two games also for Sheffield United and their late equaliser at the Ricoh Arena was the least they deserved against promotion rivals Coventry and Danny Wilson must also be satisfied with the start his side have made.

The Blades remain 5/1 favourites for the League One title and travel to unbeaten Colchester on Saturday where they will be optimistic of a first away win of the season. United are 5/4 for all three points with the Us 9/4 and the draw at 23/10.

If the Blades have made a solid professional start then Doncaster Rovers have made a spectacular start with a maximum six points and they welcome newly promoted Crawley Town to the Keepmoat on Saturday. Gary Johnson’s side won their first game in League One 3-0 at Broadfield last Saturday but came down to earth with a bang, losing by the same scoreline midweek at Swindon.

Rovers are 13/10 to keep their 100% record intact with the visitors and the draw both 9/4 at BetVictor; Dean Saunders’ side are now only 10/1 for the title and 3s to be promoted having been 14s and 5s at the start of the term.

Barnsley are 6/4 for the drop despite their opening day win against Boro after their 3-1 defeat against a decent Wolves side on Tuesday and they face a long trip to the south coast on Saturday where they face a Brighton side who have yet to score so far this term.

That said the Seagulls were unfortunate at the KC Stadium on the opening day and again impressed with their football in the goalless draw against Cardiff at the Amex on Tuesday. The Reds are 22/5 to return home with all three points, with the draw 13/5 and a home win at 8/11; a point would be a great result but you wonder whether Brighton are due a bit of luck in front of goal.

In League Two only a late Jack Lester equaliser gave Chesterfield a draw against Rochdale but the Spireites have not had the rub of the green and face Rotherham in what should be a cracker.

Chesterfield, still 14s for the title, are 31/20 favourites for the game with the Millers 7/4 and the draw at 12/5. The Millers are 3/1 for the title despite the loss at Northampton on Tuesday which was difficult to fathom such was their dominance. A draw wouldn’t be the worst result for either side in a game which looks too close to call.

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