Home run can help Owls climb up Championship

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FOUR of the next five Championship games for Sheffield Wednesday are at Hillsborough beginning with the visit of Brighton this weekend and Dave Jones will be hoping his side can build on their late comeback at the Valley on Saturday.

Brighton are on the verge of the play-off places and have much to play for themselves and the Seagulls have picked up as many points on their travels as they have in front of their home fans.

The visitors are 9/5 favourites with the Owls 9/5 and the draw at 23/10; both sides to score in the game is priced at 4/6 with one or none of the sides finding the back of the net at 11/10. It will be interesting to see if the Owls start with the much-travelled Leroy Lita who grabbed the winner at the Valley; the striker is 6/1 to bag the opener.

Barnsley are flying at the moment under David Flitcroft. Things are tight at the foot of the table though and the Tykes remain 1/3 for the drop ahead of their trip to Blackpool. The Tangerines hadn’t won in eight games but won at Wolves last weekend but look too short at 13/20 with the draw 3s and Barnsley 19/4.

This is a game the Reds can get something from; a 1-1 draw is 13/2 at BetVictor and that seems a fair price although a 2-1 win at 14s would be even better. We bet 4/5 that both teams score (Evens that one or more fail to find the net) and there have been 44 goals in Blackpool’s 14 games at home so far this term.

Sheffield United entertain a progressive Coventry side tomorrow who are only one place below them, although the Sky Blues have played two games more; the appointment of Mark Robins has transformed Coventry’s season and they are 11/4 for all three points with the Blades 21/20 and the draw 12/5. United are 5/1 for the Title and 6/4 for promotion.

Doncaster Rovers remain 4/1 favourites for the title at BetVictor and Brain Flynn will hope the momentum which has seen them pick up 16 points from 18 continues against a Bury side near the foot of the table.

Two disappointing home defeats for the local sides in Division 2 last weekend and the Millers will be looking to arrest their current slump when they entertain a Northampton side with a poor record on the road despite being fourth in the League table.

Northampton lost 2-0 at Gillingham Tuesday and the Millers will leapfrog the Cobblers with a win at the weekend; Rotherham are 11/10 with the visitors 27/10 and the draw at 13/5.

Gillingham are 6/5 for the Title after their midweek win with Port Vale 7/4 and the Millers 9s; three points is a must on Saturday.

Chesterfield lost more ground in their quest for a play-off spot when they went down to the only goal of the game against Southend last weekend and they cross the Pennines to Rochdale on Saturday desperate to get their own promotion push back on track.

Paul Cook will not be pitting his wits against his old friend John Coleman given the latter paid the price for a poor run by the Dale when he lost his job earlier in the month.

Keith Hill made an encouraging start to his second spell in charge at Spotland when they got a point at Cheltenham on Friday and they will leapfrog the Spirieites with all three points.

Dale are 29/20 favourites to give Hill his first win back at Spotland with Chesterfield 19/10 and the draw at 12/5.