Betting: Owls dilemma for bookies

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Sheffield Wednesday extended their unbeaten run in the league to seven matches, with a 1-0 victory over Crystal Palace but bookies aren’t sure whether or not the Owls will make it eight games without defeat as they entertain Nottingham Forest in front of the television cameras, Coral quoting both teams at 8/5 and Stan James rating the visitors as 15/8 outsiders to inflict a first Championship defeat since New Year’s Day on Dave Jones’ men.

BetVictor’s 12/5 chalked against the stalemate is set to be popular, alongside bet365’s 9/1 for it to finish goalless and Skybet’s 4/1 for scores to be level at the end of each half.

It would be no surprise then if one or two Wednesday supporters were keen to take precautions by backing their team at 5/6 in BetVictor’s ‘Draw No Bet’ market, although the Owls’ decent run will inevitably increase confidence on the terraces so the bulk of fans are likely to bet a touch more positively.

Ladbrokes mark 10/3 against a home success by a one-goal margin and Stan James quote odds of 7/1 for Jones’ charges to grab the only goal for the second consecutive Saturday.

Sheffield United moved to the League One summit with an impressive win at Bournemouth a week ago but they didn’t stay there long as Leyton Orient held them to a frustrating goalless draw at Bramall Lane on Tuesday.

Tomorrow the Blades head to an Oldham side much improved of late but Danny Wilson’s men will nkick off as BetVictor’s 13/10 favourites while the Latics are 12/5 courtesy of 12/5 and it’s also 12/5, this time with William Hill, to finish all square. Having won three on the spin on the road, United should have the upper hand, and a 1-0 triumph stands out at 15/2 (BetVictor) at Boundary Park.

It was Doncaster that knocked Sheffield United off top spot, Rovers ending a five-match winless streak by beating Shrewsbury in midweek and they’re odds-on at 8/11 via Stan James to cling on to first place by beating in-form Hartlepool at the Keepmoat Stadium.

Back in the Championship, Skybet post 7/4 against Barnsley getting back to winning ways as they welcome Bolton to Oakwell while in League Two, Stan James price Rotherham at 7/4 to bring back a maximum haul from Southend and bet365 make Chesterfield 2/1 underdogs as they head to Dagenham.

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