Bookies back Wednesday to satisfy fans

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Sheffield Wednesday fans expect their second crack at League One to be considerably more successful than their first, with a strong promotion challenge their minimum requirement. Encouragingly, the Owls are odds-on at 5/6 with Victor Chandler to start as they mean to go on, by winning their opener against Rochdale.

The visitors, who finished ninth last season, are 15/4 (Stan James) to spring a surprise and 11/4 via bet365 to grab a share of the spoils, but even the Wednesday of last season managed to see off Dale when the pair met here in November so Gary Megson’s men will be confident of obtaining a decent result.

Skybet rate Wednesday at 8/1 to repeat the 2-0 victory from that clash and less specifically, Paddy Power price the Owls at 21/10 to prevail ‘to nil’ while Boylesports post 7/2 against them again coming out on top after a drawn first period.

Sheffield United start life in football’s third tier with a tricky trip to Oldham and they’re slender favourites at 6/4 with Ladbrokes to hit the ground running by scooping a maximum haul.

For the pessimistic, an opening-day defeat for Danny Wilson’s men is 3.0 (2/1) via Betdaq and Betfred rate them at 12/5 to earn a point at Boundary Park, where Partybets make it 11/2 to finish one-apiece.

Nevertheless, desperate to be out of the blocks quickly to build some momentum, the Blades appeal at 3/1 with bet365 to shade it by a one-goal margin and along similar lines, Sportingbet price United at 17/2 to finish on the right side of a 2-1 scoreline.

Also in League One, newly-promoted Chesterfield head to Tranmere and filled with enthusiasm as they start life a higher level, the Spireites look to have been underestimated a touch at 15/8 (Skybet) to emerge victorious at Prenton Park, where Betfred quote odds of 11/1 for a 2-1 away win.

In the Championship, Barnsley are tipped to be up against it as they head to the City Ground to face well-fancied Nottingham Forest. Stan James rate the Tykes at a hefty 5/1 to beat the promotion hopefuls, who are odds-on at 8/13 with Totesport to send Keith Hill’s side home empty-handed.

Doncaster are also on the road, this time against new boys Brighton and Victor Chandler consider Rovers to be worth odds of 10/3 to spoil the Seagulls’ big day in their first competitive match at the new Falmer Stadium.

In League Two, Rotherham’s promotion bid is a 5/4 chance at bet365 to get off to a solid start at the Don Valley Stadium, where Oxford, another team hoping to challenge, are the visitors.

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