‘Goal machine’ is a good bet to put Wednesday in front

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WHEN Sheffield Wednesday visited Blackburn back in October, a fifth minute Grant Hanley strike separated the teams and some punters might fancy another low scoring affair as the pair lock horns again, this time at Hillsborough.

Stan James rate the contest at 4/6 to be the seventh Owls clash in nine to produce fewer than three goals and for those sensing that goals could be at even more of a premium, it’s 11/5 (BetVictor) for the teams to produce no more than one in the match.

With that in mind, Paddy Power post 17/10 against a Wednesday clean sheet and it’s 4/5 courtesy of Stan James for Dave Jones’ men to break the deadlock while Gary Madine is 7/1 via bet365 to bag that opener following his strike against Barnsley a week ago. Alternatively, BetVictor chalk Jermaine Johnson up at 9/1 to fire the opener for the second match in a row and bet365 make the Owls winger 11/4 to notch at any point.

Six of Sheffield United’s last seven matches have generated fewer than three goals and their trip to Walsall is 3/4 courtesy of Ladbrokes to follow suit. Coral quote the Blades at 18/5 to beat the Saddler ‘to nil’ and Dave Kitson is considered the danger man where Danny Wilson’s men are concerned, bet365 pricing the veteran striker at 11/2 to put his team 1-0 in front.

At the League One summit, Chris Brown and Billy Paynter are both 9/2, at William Hill and Skybet respectively to grab the opener as Doncaster Rovers entertain Tranmere Rovers and in the Championship, Stan James offer 4/6 about both teams finding the net as Barnsley head to Crystal Palace’s Selhurst Park, where bet365 chalk Sheffield Wednesday loanee Chris O’Grady up at 8/1 to fire the first.

In League Two, SkyBet mark 5/1 against a Daniel Nardiello opener in Rotherham United’s match at Morecambe and in the same market, Marc Richards is 11/2 with BetVictor as Chesterfield head south to Barnet.

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