Victor Chandler: Owls are favourites

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Owls manager Stuart Gray was left seething after witnessing his Sheffield Wednesday side drew 3-3 despite being 3-1 up at 10-man Nottingham Forest.

Wednesday were lucky to hang on for a point after a late Forest rally and the arrival of Blackburn to Hillsborough on Saturday will make if five top-half sides in the Championship inside 19 days in a relentless set of fixtures for Gray and his team.

Rovers are on a run of seven games without defeat, beating the difficult pair of Ipswich and QPR both to nil at Ewood inside four days. However, BetVictor make Wednesday 13/8 favourites, Blackburn 9/5 and the draw 9/4.

Despite their wins over the pair of promotion fancies at home, Rovers have struggled on their travels and have won just one of their last four away games, shipping 11 goals in the process.

Are we predicting a goal-fest at Hillsborough?

The ‘both teams to score’ bet has landed on Wednesday’s last three games and is 7/10 with BetVictor to go in for a fourth game in succession. If Wednesday are to get a result then they will need to stop Blackburn striker Jordan Rhodes, bidding to add to his tally of 23 Championship goals; 19/4 to score the opener and 29/20 to score anytime.

In League One Sheffield United provided one of the biggest upsets of the week when denting Rotherham’s promotion aspirations with a 1-0 win at Bramall Lane. That win was despite manager Nigel Clough making eight changes in preparation for the FA Cup semi-final with Hull City at Wembley on Sunday. The Blades are 14/1 outsiders for the cup (Arsenal 4/9, Hull 7/2 and Wigan 8/1) but have continued to upset the odds against Premier League opposition.

Can they keep it up? Steve Bruce’s side are the 7/10 favourites, the Blades 9/2 underdogs and 11/4 the draw, but lady luck appears to be smiling on Clough.

Back in the Championship, Donny Rovers suffered back-to-back defeats in the Championship to leave them far from ruled out of a relegation battle with just five games remaining and plenty still to play for.

Paul Dickov’s side threw away a lead to lose 3-1 at home to Birmingham at the weekend and stumbled again at the Keepmoat against Bolton; 2-0 down after 15 minutes before eventually losing 2-1. BetVictor cut Donny to 6/1 (from 8s) for relegation and make them 5/1 underdogs for the trip to Ipswich on Saturday.