Sheffield Wednesday’s losing run continued in midweek at Southampton but when they travel to the Black Country at the weekend, they’ll meet Wolves side who suffered even more - a 6-0 thrashing at Chelsea.
However they are unbeaten at Molineux and Wednesday are 16/5 to smash that record and return to winning ways. Wolves are 17/20 and the draw 27/10; the Owls travel to Turf Moor next Tuesday and are 21/10 to beat Burnley with the Clarets 5/4 and the draw 9/4.
The Owls are 20s to be promoted and 10s for a top six finish at BetVictor; perhaps back-to-back promotions was an unrealistic expectation and it is only 4/1 that Wednesday go down. It is such a tight division with no outstanding side that two wins and it’s “crisis what crisis?”. But, at the moment, Wednesday could do with a point to calm the nerves.
Any number of Championship managers are under the cosh with Steve Kean (Blackburn) 2/1 to be the next manager to lose his post with ex-Owls boss Paul Jewell (Ipswich) 3s, Lee Clark (Birmingham City) 4s and Darren Ferguson (Posh) 8s.
Neill Collins’ second half header gave unbeaten Sheffield United their first away win of the season at Yeovil and break their frustrating sequence of draws in League One; they remain 4/1 favourites for the title (13/8 for promotion) and are involved in the division’s big game of the weekend when second-placed Notts County, unbeaten away, arrive at the Lane.
The Blades are even money to take all three points with Notts 29/10 and the draw at 13/5; Dave Kitson is 5/1 to score the opener in what promises to be a cracker; Notts are 8/1 for the League One title and although it is too early to talk about six-pointers, a win for the Blades would take them level on points with Notts ahead of the midweek trip to struggling Hartlepool.
Barnsley’s win at St Andrews last weekend was one of the performances of the season and I am very surprised to see them as big as 7/5 for the visit of Ipswich.
Craig Davies stole the headlines becoming the first Reds player to hit four goals in one half. But it was a wonderful team display and they really ought to beat an Ipswich side who have only one point from their last fifteen and were thrashed 6-0 by Blackpool last month.
Davies heads the Championship’s goalscoring lists with seven but can be backed at 16/1 at BetVictor to end up with the Golden Boot. Blackburn Rovers’ striker Jordan Rhodes is 7s behind Burnley’s Charlie Austin at 6/1.
Bottom-of-the-table Peterborough visit Oakwell on Tuesday and the Reds are 8/11 for that game; Barnsley remain 7/4 for relegation but six points this next week would see those odds increase dramatically.
Doncaster travel to the Matchroom Stadium to face a Leyton Orient side who have been on a good recent run. But it’s a game Rovers can and should win if they are to get back into the promotion mix. The O’s are 31/20 with Doncaster 9/5 and the draw at 12/5; Rovers are out to 5/1 for promotion but I can see Dean Saunders’ side taking all three points.
Chesterfield had their first clean sheet at Northampton and entertain Torquay who sit alongside them in mid-table. Torquay’s four away games have produced just four goals so perhaps under 2.5 goals is the bet at evens.
Rotherham entertain an Oxford side in freefall and the Millers should take all three points at 4/5.