Betting: Wednesday widen the drop odds

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Back-to-back wins for Sheffield Wednesday when Brighton were sent packing last weekend and the Owls are now out to 4/1 for relegation and now four points clear of the drop zone.

With last year’s Premier League Clubs Bolton and Wolves now flirting with the ignominy of back-to-back relegation and Blackburn also in the bottom half, one wonders how good the bottom group in the Premier League really is.

Derby County visit Hillsborough at the weekend “boasting” one of the worst away records in the Championship and the Owls are 11/8 at BetVictor for hat-trick of wins with the Rams 2/1 and the draw at 12/5.

The Rams have only scored 12 goals in 14 games on the road and this is a fixture that Dave Jones will be targeting

for another three points. Leroy Lita has certainly hit the ground running in a Wednesday shirt and the

striker is 6/1 for the opener and 13/8 score at any time.

David Flitcroft’s magnificent start as Barnsley manager continued by the seaside last weekend where the Reds got their own hat-trick of wins at Blackpool but they travel to the Riverside still in the bottom three but having given themselves every chance of staying in the Championship.

The Tykes are now 1/2 for the drop but BetVictor are now 6/4 for Barnsley to maintain their Championship status next season and that is becoming to look attractive on current form.

Opponents Middlesbro remain in the play-off places but need the points having lost their last four League fixtures including a 4-0 thrashing at Portman Road.

Tony Mowbray’s side are 5/6 to win and out to 4s for promotion. Their need is every bit as great as the Reds and it promises to be another cracker.

Sheffield United’s midweek postponement means they travel to Shrewsbury on Saturday still sixth after their disappointing loss to Coventry at Bramall Lane last Friday.

The Blades are now 10s for the Title and 5/2 for promotion but they haven’t won in the four league games since Boxing Day and must arrest their current slump sooner rather than later.

Shrewsbury are 23/10 for all three points with the Blades 13/10 and the draw at 12/5; the Shropshire side won at Preston last weekend and have only lost one of their last 11 games in all competitions.

Blades look too short-priced but they must get their promotion push back on track.

Doncaster Rovers did the bookies, but not themselves, a favour when they lost 2-0 at Bury and it may just have been one of those days and they entertain Walsall (29/10) and are 21/20 at BetVictor which is more than fair.

Rotherham United certainly did me a favour when they leapfrogged Northampton last weekend and they can do the same to Burton Albion when they travel to the Pirelli Stadium.

The Brewers have been one of the over-achievers in League Two but are a match for most on home soil and have the best home record in the division and the 21/10 for an 11th home win will carry plenty of appeal; we at BetVictor make

Rotherham 29/20 favourites with the draw, which would be a decent result for Rotherham, at 12/5.

They are 12/1 for the title and 4/6 for promotion so the layers still believe, despite a spluttering season, that the Millers will be back playing in League One next term.