Desperate to give themselves every chance of achieving promotion, Sheffield Wednesday parted company with Gary Megson a couple of days ago, despite Sunday’s derby triumph, and the managerial shift is 15/8 with Stan James to have the desired effect and see the Owls go up.
At the time of writing the early favourite for the post was Dave Jones at just 1/2 via Skybet, ahead of BetVictor’s 5/2 shot Mick McCarthy but whoever takes the role faces a tough job to pip Sheffield United to second place and indeed, following the midweek success against Scunthorpe, the Blades are in to 8/13 courtesy of Coral to make it to the Championship.
Having responded to the Hillsborough defeat in the desired fashion, Danny Wilson’s troops are well fancied to make it back-to-back home wins by seeing off Oldham, a result Blue Square rate at 1/2 and Partybets price another 2-1 triumph at odds of 7/1.
However, the Latics haven’t won on the road in the league since mid-September and so a more comfortable victory for United could be one the cards. Those in agreement can back the Blades at 5/4 in Betfred’s handicaps, where they start a goal behind or alternatively, William Hill quote Wilson’s men at 13/2 to notch twice without reply, just as they didin the reverse fixture on the opening day of the season.
Bet365 meanwhile, offer 6/5 for United to lead at the end of each half and it’s 7/5 with Paddy Power for the hosts to defeat Oldham ‘to nil’.
The Owls start life without Megson at Spotland, where they face Rochdale and Betfred rate Wednesday at 13/10 to make light of their managerial uncertainty to secure a maximum haul. Nevertheless, a close encounter looks likely and Boylesports post 10/3 against an away victory by a one-goal margin.
More precisely, Ladbrokes price the Owls at an enticing 7/1, it’s 9/2 courtesy of Paddy Power for caretaker-boss Chris Evans’ team to nick it after a drawn first period and for the cautious, Wednesday are available at 4/6 in Coral’s ‘Draw no Bet’ market.
Barnsley have lost four of their last five and bet365 don’t seem confident that the Tykes’ form will improve against struggling Nottingham Forest, the online firm installing Keith Hill’s side as 15/8 outsiders and also at 15/8, this time with William Hill, are Doncaster who are looking to boost their survival hopes by sending Brighton home empty-handed.
BetVictor meanwhile, mark 17/10 against a triumph for League One’s bottom club Chesterfield, as they host Tranmere and in League Two, Stan James offer 13/8 for Rotherham to boost their play-off hopes by collecting all three points at Barnet.
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