Sheffield Wednesday’s FA Cup first-round clash at League Two outfit Morecambe has presumably been selected for television coverage in the hope that it will throw up an upset but the formbook, particularly from an Owls perspective, suggests that there won’t be much evidence of the romance of the cup on show at Christie Park.
Gary Megson’s troops have suffered just one defeat in their last nine while the Shrimps’ form over the same period has been a bit of a mixed bag so Wednesday are worthy favourites at 5/4 with Sportingbet to avoid a potential banana skin.
Boylesports rate the hosts at 9/4 to cause a shock and the tie is 13/5 (Victor Chandler) to require a replay, an outcome that could attract some market support given Morecambe’s home advantage but the Owls have seemingly put their travel sickness behind them, winning three of their last five on the road and they’re 3/1 courtesy of bet365 to nick it by a one-goal margin.
Sheffield United also face League Two opposition but as the Blades benefit from a home draw, their clash with Oxford, on paper, looks a touch more straightforward.
Bookies agree and Betfred offer odds of 4/7 for Danny Wilson’s charges to book their place in round two at the first attempt while the U’s are available at 6.0 (5/1) to manage an upset at Bramall Lane.
In the third League One versus League Two match-up, Chesterfield welcome Torquay to the B2net Stadium and once more bookmakers are confident that the higher-placed team will emerge victorious, Victor Chandler making the Spireites 21/20 to progress at the expense of the Gulls.
Rotherham meanwhile, face a tricky trip to Holker Street to face non-league Barrow.
The home side are 3.4 (12/5) underdogs at Betdaq and are identically priced, this time by Totesport, to earn a replay.
But the Millers finally ended their winless streak last week and, boosted by that result, they look decent value at 5/4 (Boylesports).
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