A bet on both teams to score would have been a success in Sheffield Wednesday’s last four outings and in four of Barnsley’s previous five so punters might deem it a pretty safe wager at 4/5 courtesy of Stan James ahead of the pair’s derby scrap at Hillsborough.
However, a match tally of three or more goals overall, is a touch higher at 11/10 via BetVictor while the Owls, as favourites for the points, are fancied at 4/5 by betway to be the team that grabs the opener.
At the other end, Ladbrokes rate the Tykes at 31/20 in the same market, Stan James chalk Stuart Gray’s troops up at 16/5 to prevail but also concede and it’s 13/2 with Skybet for Barnsley to do likewise.
In terms of specific personnel, Wednesday’s Chris Maguire is a 7/1 shot at bet365 to break the deadlock, William Hill chalk Atdhe Nuhiu up at 6/1 to put the Owls 1-0 up and new boy Benik Afobe is 6/1 (bet365) to strike first.
For Danny Wilson’s charges, BetVictor post 17/2 against a Nick Proschwitz opener, Chris O’Grady is 7/1 with Winner.com to continue his decent run by netting first and also in the Championship, Billy Sharp is another 7/1 chance, this time at Stan James, to open the scoring for Doncaster in their home match against Middlesbrough.
Crewe don’t have the best defensive record in League One so a total of at least three goals, at 20/21 (BetVIctor) looks pretty likely as they welcome Sheffield United to Gresty Road. The Blades will fancy their chances of capitalising on the hosts’ frailty at the back and bet365 quote them at evens to find the net twice or more.
Billy Paynter will attract cash at 6/1 with bet365 to hand Nigel Clough’s a 1-0 lead in the crucial six-pointer and it’s also 6/1, via Paddy Power on this occasion, for the deadlock to be broken by Jose Baxter.
Alex Revell meanwhile, is 15/2 (bet365) to follow his midweek brace by notching first for Rotherham as they host Leyton Orient and BetVictor price Chesterfield’s Eoin Doyle at 5/1 to open the scoring at home to Bristol Rovers.
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