SHEFFIELD Wednesday sit next to bottom in the Championship table after their latest home reverse to Watford on Tuesday and the Owls are now 5/4 to be relegated.
One can point the finger at the missed penalty at 1-1 which was obviously a pivotal moment but there is no time to feel sorry for themselves with the small matter of a trip to Cardiff, who put their 100% home record on the line, on Sunday and the hosts are 4/6 to maintain their proud record with Wednesday 21/5 and the draw at 31/10.
For some weeks now we have been betting on the next manager of Sheffield Wednesday (irrespective of the timescale) and Paul Ince is now 6/4 favourite at BetVictor from 12/1 having been very well supported in recent days; Karl Robinson is 10/1, Alex McLeish 12s and a number of potential candidates at 25/1: Owen Coyle, Alan Curbishley and Ole Gunnar Solskjaer.
Wednesday are now 10/1 to be the top promoted Club from last season with Huddersfield 4/9 and Charlton 2/1 after Tuesday’s win against Peterborough.
Barnsley are two points above the drop zone after Tuesday’s point against Burnley and they travel to the Owls’ midweek conquerors Watford at the weekend; the Hornets are 8/11 with the Reds 21/5 and the draw at 13/5.
The Tykes are now 4/6 for relegation with Peterborough looking doomed (1/4) and Bristol City 4/5.
Watford were unbeaten throughout November, a run that has seen them move within two points of the play off zone.
Doncaster Rovers now lie second in League 1 after a run of five successive victories.
Dean Saunders must do without Ian Hume for the reverse fixture against Oldham in the second Round of the FA Cup and although the supporters and clubs’ coffers will crave a good Cup run I wonder if Dean Saunders, internally if not externally, would not be too concerned if they went out at Boundary Park?
The Latics are 31/20 to make the third Round at the first time of asking with Rovers 7/4 and the draw at 23/10; Saunders may well shuffle his pack and the game makes little appeal as a betting medium although Rovers are now into 8/1 for the Title and 9/4 to be promoted.
For the more optimistic Rovers fan BetVictor offer 600/1 they lift the Trophy next May.
Sheffield United lost their position as market leaders for League 1 after the defeat at Brentford on Saturday and they are out to 3/1 behind MK Dons (11/4) with Swindon joining Rovers at 8/1.
The Blades entertain League 2 high-flyers Port Vale and the prolific Tom Pope in the FA Cup this weekend and Danny Wilson’s side are 7/10 to make it through to the third Round in 90 minutes with Vale 17/4 and the draw 13/5.
Sheffield United are 500/1 to lift the Trophy but promotion (5/4) must be the season objective.
The Millers gained a cracking win at Accrington on Tuesday night coming from a goal down and they are 9/2 for the Title behind 6/4 Gillingham and 4/1 Port Vale; Rotherham entertain Notts County in a fascinating second Round Cup tie at the New York Stadium and we cannot split the sides at 13/8 with the draw at 12/5.
Chesterfield travel to League 1 leaders Tranmere and are 4/1 to return from Prenton Park with the win with the Wirral side 8/11 and the draw at 13/5.