If the odds are anything to go by, the rivalry between Sheffield Wednesday and Sheffield United could well intensify this season, with both teams expected to be in the mix in the battle for promotion to the Championship.
Bookies feel that the Owls have the edge, Victor Chandler making them 4/6 to finish above the Blades (11/10) and Gary Megson’s are also further up in the title betting, Ladbrokes making them 6/1 second favourites to clinch top spot, just behind market leaders Huddersfield (11/2, bet365).
For their part, United are a 10.0 (9/1) shot via Betdaq to bounce straight back up to the Championship by finishing first in League One while Danny Wilson’s charges are also available at 9/4 (Partybets) to gain promotion and the Owls are a slightly skinnier 8/5 with Sportingbet to go up.
In the Championship, bookmakers predict that Barnsley and Doncaster will be more concerned with matters at the foot of the table than the top. The Tykes are 125/1 outsiders at Paddy Power for the title and Rovers are priced identically, this time by Boylesports.
Worryingly the duo are favourites in places for relegation, Skybet making Keith Hill’s charges 15/8 to go down while Betfred also rate Sean O’Driscoll’s side at 15/8 for the drop.
Back in League One, new boys Chesterfield are fancied to hold their own, they’re a 25/1 shot courtesy of Stan James’ to top the pile and Betfred post 12/1 against the Spireites securing back-to-back promotions. Encouragingly, Skybet price John Sheridan’s men at 11/2 to make a swift return to League Two and as many as 11 teams in the division command shorter quotes.
Meanwhile, Rotherham, who narrowly missed out on the play-offs last term are chalked up by Skybet to be crowned League Two champions this time around. Victor Chandler mark odds of 4/1 against the Millers forging a path to League One and bet365 rate Adam Le Fondre at 12/1 to be top scorer.
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