As the pair have served up a total of just two goals in their last five meetings, a run which includes three consecutive goalless draws, it would be reasonable to assume that Sheffield Wednesday’s play-off semi-final against Brighton tomorrow promises to be exceptionally tight.
Brighton have failed to score against the Owls in any of those five contests, yet they arrive at Hillsborough boasting an impressive record of one league defeat since mid-January. Wednesday, Betfred’s 6/4 favourites to secure a potentially crucial first-leg victory, do not come into the duel in great form after winning only once in their last half dozen outings, a record that adds further appeal to Coral’s 23/10 price posted about the stalemate.
On the basis that it’ll be tight and uncompromising, punters anticipating a similarly close encounter can get 11/4 (Ladbrokes) against the Owls winning by a one-goal margin, while BetVictor.com chalk 6/1 about it ending 1-0 in the home side’s favour.
However, William Hill’s 15/2 odds chalked about a fourth successive goalless draw has proved popular with backers mindful of the incredibly high stakes the duo are playing for, although the same group will be conscious of the need for Wednesday to take a lead, however slender, into the second leg, where Brighton, offered at 19/10 by Ladbrokes for Friday’s match, are almost certain to kick off as favourites.
Accordingly, bet365’s 5/1 for Wednesday to emerge victorious following a drawn first half is worth a look, as is the 13/5 available at Skybet for the Owls to win without conceding, while Betway’s 4/7 for the tie to yield fewer than 2.5 goals has the look of a nap about it.
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