Bookmakers expecting Wednesday’s opponents to draw a blank

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Sheffield Wednesday registered a clean sheet when they last faced Preston and also kept Leyton Orient’s attack at bay last weekend so a case can be made for Partybets’ even money for the Owls to prevent North End from getting on the scoresheet as the two renew hostilities at Hillsborough.

The likelihood that the visitors will draw a blank lends appeal to Stan James’ even money for the clash to produce fewer than three goals but hoping to boost the tally will be on-loan striker Nile Ranger and the Newcastle forward is 5/1 courtesy of Skybet to break the deadlock.

BetVictor offer 11/8 for Ranger to notch at any time and in the same market, Boylesports quote Gary Madine at even money while the Owls attacker is also available at 4/1 via Ladbrokes to fire the opener.

Ched Evans helped himself to a hat-trick as Sheffield United defeated Chesterfield 4-1 on Wednesday and William Hill rate the Welsh forward at 25/1 to repeat the feat as the Blades visit Hartlepool.

Evans is 6/5 Coral to get on the scoresheet at least once and Paddy Power price United’s top scorer at 4/1 to notch first but for those fancying slightly bigger odds, bet365 quote Lee Williamson at 14/1 to follow up his midweek opener by putting Danny Wilson’s men 1-0 up again.

In the Championship, Barnsley’s David Cotterill, is a 12/1 shot at Blue Square to open the scoring for the Tykes at Ipswich, although Craig Davies (8/1, Betfred) is considered a bigger threat.

Craig Westcarr meanwhile, is 7/1 via bet365 to net first for Chesterfield in their League One tussle with Scunthorpe.

Coral chalk Rotherham’s Alex Revell up at 11/2 in the first scorer betting ahead of the visit of Hereford.

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