Betting: Owls and Reds in close chase

Connor Wickham in action for Wednesday at Birmingham
Connor Wickham in action for Wednesday at Birmingham
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SHEFFIELD Wednesday and Barnsley have kept up their improvement and are now almost neck and neck in the relegation betting.

The Reds’ 2-1 win against Wolves put them level on points with the Owls, though behind on goal difference, and they are out to 11/8 for the drop with BetVictor. while Wednesday are 11/4 after their 0-0 draw at Birmingham.

Wolves face the possibility of successive relegations; having been as big as 33/1 at the outset, they are now 9/4.

I was not convinced that Dean Saunders should have taken the job at Molineux, and the former Doncaster boss faces a difficult couple of months.

Barnsley on Saturday visit bottom club Bristol City, where another ex-Rovers manager, Sean O’Driscoll, recently took over. His team are six points from safety with a poor goal difference and arguably must win at Ashton Gate.

Despite the Reds’ recent run, City are favourites at 6/4 at, with Barnsley 15/8 and the draw 5/2.

Wednesday, up against fourth-placed Crystal Palace on Saturday, face three other members of the top five during March: Cardiff, Watford and Leicester.

The Owls are 19/10 to beat the Eagles, with Palace 6/4 and the draw 12/5. Leroy Lita is 7/1 to net first and 5/2 to score any time.

Sheffield United appear to be peaking at the right time. They face fellow highfliers Bournemouth at Dean Court this weekend. Eddie Howe has overseen a massive rise up the table and the Cherries, who were backed at 150/1 on his reappointment, are now favourites at 2/1.

With only one home defeat, they are justifiable favourites at 23/30, with the draw 12/5 and the visitors an eye-catching 13/5. The Blades are strong on the road and can spring a surprise here at tasty odds.

Doncaster, too, remain in the thick of the mix but have not won in four games. They are 6/1 for the title, and United are 4/1. Donny host the team of the year, Yeovil, who seek a ninth successive league win.

For a team who were favourites for the drop in August, it has been a fairytale campaign. Gary Johnson’s men are 9/1 for the title and 3s for promotion, and they have been backed at much bigger odds in recent weeks.

Rotherham are beginning to show the reason why punters backed them off the boards during the summer for the League Two title. They have had an excellent February with four wins from five games.

Eleven defeats at this stage of the season is normally mid-table form but with the Millers still to register a home draw and posting 17 wins in total, they have been slashed to 4/1 to lift the championship.

Long-time leaders Gillingham and Port Vale are beginning to wobble at the summit, and the Millers are now 1/2 to be promoted. They have a blank weekend but host strugglers York on Tuesday.

Chesterfield have drifted to 2/1 to make the top seven after slipping to 12th. Leaders Gillingham visit the Proact Stadium and are 6/4 favourites, with Chesterfield 2s and the draw 12/5.

The Capital One Cup final sees Bradford City make their first appearance in a major final since 1911 when they beat Newcastle in the FA Cup; they are 9/1 at BetVictor to win in 90 minutes, 16/1 to lift the trophy on penalties and 33/1 to win in extra time. Swansea are 4/11 to win in 90 minutes and 1/6 to lift the trophy by whatever means.