Who will be top Championship dog?

Brighton keeper Tomasz Kuszczak saves from Leon Best, midweek
Brighton keeper Tomasz Kuszczak saves from Leon Best, midweek
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Wednesday made it three wins out of four with a late late winner against promotion chasing Brighton at Hillsborough midweek and the Owls are now the favourites to be the top Yorkshire club in the Championship.

With Leeds having their own problems on and off the field Wednesday look worthy favourites;

Who will finish the season as the top Yorkshire Club in the Championship? Prices from BetVictor are: Sheffield Wednesday 11/8

Leeds Utd 6/4 Huddersfield 5/2 Doncaster Rovers 66/1.

The Owls can leapfrog Watford if they take three points and they are 31/20 to do just that with the Hornets 19/10 and the draw at 12/5; the visitors are 100/1 to be promoted having been as short as 13/8 at the start of the campaign so one would have to conclude this has been a very disappointing season with their former boss Gianfranco Zola 5/1 to be the next manager of Nottingham Forest.

Leon Best got the winner against the Seagulls and is 6/1 to score the opening goal against Watford with Troy Deeney the 9/2 favourite. Barnsley ended a losing run of three with a 3-1 win at Reading and the win took them off the foot of the table. Next is a trip to Yeovil, a side who nearly caused one of the shocks of the season when they held leaders Leicester to a draw with the Foxes having equalised deep into stoppage time.

The Reds are still 1/6 to be relegated after Charlton’s late winner at the City Ground brought them a valuable three points and you feel Barnsley must get something against the Glovers. The hosts are 23/20 with the Tykes 13/5 and the draw at 12/5.

Doncaster Rovers are 13/2 for the drop after going down 2-0 at Turf Moor; a game which saw their four-game unbeaten run come to an end. At Elland Road they should have little to fear against a side who shipped four at Bournemouth. Leeds are 20/23 with the draw 11/4 and an away win at 17/5.

Sheffield United got back to winning ways at Crawley but are still 12/1 for promotion and 8s to finish the campaign in the top six and thus be guaranteed a play-off spot. They travel to Swindon knowing a win would take them level on points with their promotion rivals as they chase what looks more and more like one play-off place currently occupied by Posh seven points ahead of Nigel Clough’s side who face three of the top four in the table at Bramall Lane before their FA Cup semi-final next month.

Swindon are marginal favourites at 17/10 with BetVictor with the Blades 9/5 and the draw 12/5.

Rotherham are 2/1 for back-to-back promotions after their emphatic 3-0 home win over Brentford midweek and the Millers are now unbeaten in 14 since the opening day of 2014. They look something to bet on this weekend at 20/23 against a Bristol City side who stuck five past Port Vale midweek and are unbeaten themselves in six, but were thrashed 3-0 by Sheffield United the last time they visited south Yorkshire.

Chesterfield are at Wembley this weekend for the JPT Final and I’m sure all Spireites fans will have a great weekend win lose or draw. Promotion back to League One remains a priority and Paul Cook’s side gained a narrow but valuable win at home to Morecambe midweek. Chesterfield are 7/2 for the title and 1/8 to be promoted ahead of Wembley and they will start the game as 9/4 outsiders against Posh (13/10) with the draw at 12/5.

The Spireites are 5/4 to lift the Trophy (includes extra-time and penalties) and whilst promotion remains the primary objective this is a wonderful occasion and I’m sure everyone in the region will wish them well on Sunday.