Betting: Owls backed to pick off the Cherries at Hillsborough

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Sheffield Wednesday’s survival hopes have been boosted by two wins in the last three, a record not tarnished by the midweek clash with Wigan, which was abandoned after an hour with the Owls a goal down.

The Owls remain in the bottom three so they still have plenty of work to do but they’re nevertheless expected to build on last weekend’s triumph at Watford, BetVictor installing them as 11/8 favourites to collect all three points as they entertain Bournemouth and Stan James quoting the Cherries at as high as 85/40 to plunge Wednesday deeper into trouble.

Bet365 quote odds of 12/5 about it finishing all square while it’s 16/5 (Paddy Power) to be a score draw at Hillsborough, where BetVictor post odds of 13/2 against it ending one-each and Ladbrokes go 5/1 for both halves to be drawn.

The tentative can also back their team at 4/6 in Skybet’s ‘Draw No Bet’ market but as the visitors have won just one of their last nine, there’s little to suggest that Stuart Gray’s men can’t emerge triumphant.

Bet365 make them 3/1 to do so by one, a 2-1 victory is a 17/2 chance at Stan James, post 5/1 against a home success following an even first period and betway quote the Owls at 7/2 to come out on top in the handicaps when starting a goal in arrears.

Despite a four-match unbeaten run in League One, Sheffield United are still just two points above Stevenage, who occupy the final relegation place and that makes the pair’s clash tomorrow all the more significant.

The Blades’ improvement means they’re bet365’s 13/10 favourites for the points while Stan James post 85/40 against the hosts and it’s 12/5 courtesy of BetVictor for the spoils to be shared.

The latter, alongside BetVictor’s 10/1 chalked against a goalless affair, could prove popular given that United have still only managed a solitary away success this term and indeed some travelling fans will be keen to back Nigel Clough’s charges ‘Draw No Bet’ at 8/11 (Skybet). However, Stevenage struggle at home and the Blades are 15/2 with Ladbrokes to capitalise by grabbing the only goal.

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