Given that they’ve won just three times at Hillsborough this season and come up against title-chasing Middlesbrough, it’s perhaps not surprising that bookies make Sheffield Wednesday outsiders to pick up three points on their own patch this weekend.
Bet365 rate the Owls as 11/5 underdogs while high-flying Boro arrive as 13/10 favourites with Stan James and BetVictor mark 5/2 against it finishing all square, a wager that’s set to popular in light of the fact that half of Wednesday’s home matches have proven inconclusive.
Similarly, there could be cash for a score draw at 7/2 via bet365, betway chalk a 1-1 scoreline up at 6/1 and there are odds of 4/1 available courtesy of Winner.com for the teams to play out two inconclusive halves.
Alternatively, in Ladbrokes’s handicaps, Stuart Gray’s charges receive a goal start at 4/6 and the Owls are 6/5 (Stan James) in the ‘Draw No Bet’ market but they’ve beaten the Teesside outfit once already this term and as Middlesbrough have shown hints of vulnerability of late, Wednesday might fancy their chances.
They’re a rather ambitious-looking 40/1 at BetVictor to repeat August’s 3-2 success, a 1-0 home victory is considered more realistic at 8/1 with Skybet and both results can be covered at bet365, who quote Gray’s men at 15/4 to prevail by a one-goal margin.
Rotherham face a potentially pivotal moment in their season this weekend as they take on fellow strugglers Millwall in a relegation six-pointer at the New York Stadium. Encouragingly, bookies give Steve Evans’s side the nod, BetVictor installing them as 5/4 favourites and Stan James classing the Lions as underdogs at 23/10. The importance of the clash meanwhile, will ensure the stalemate is popular at 12/5 (bet365).
In League One, Skybet go 8/11 about Sheffield United tightening their grip on a play-off place by claiming a maximum haul at the expense of struggling Crawley (4/1, Paddy Power). Stan James offer 14/5 about Nigel Clough’s troops returning with a point but the hosts have lost five of their last eight so the Blades should enjoy the upper hand.
They’re 23/10 at Winner.com to nick it by one at the Broadfield Stadium, where a 1-0 away win catches the eye at 7/1 (Ladbrokes) and BetVictor make United 18/5 to overcome their opponents following an even first period.
Doncaster can afford few slip ups between now and the end of the campaign if they are to secure a play-off place and bookies aren’t expecting Rovers to falter this weekend, Stan James making them odds-on at 5/6 to see off relegation-threatened Colchester.
BetVictor meanwhile, price Barnsley at 11/5 to put further distance between themselves and the drop zone by emerging triumphant at in-form Gillingham and Chesterfield are 6/5 with William Hill to send Fleetwood home from the Proact Stadium empty-handed.
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