Despite suffering just one defeat in six, Sheffield Wednesday have slipped back towards the bottom three in the Championship in what has turned out to be one of the most open relegation scraps in years.
The Owls are now just three points above the drop zone but reassuringly there are five teams considered more likely to occupy the two remaining relegation places with Dave Jones’s side a 20/1 shot at Coral to be playing League One football next term.
A win this weekend of course, would put any lingering doubts to rest and Paddy Power have installed Wednesday as 5/4 favourites to land all three points as they entertain Ipswich, bet365’s 5/2 outsiders.
BetVictor post 12/5 against a stalemate and as both teams are in solid form, that will appeal to some and the same can be said of a goalless affair at 9/1 courtesy of Skybet but aided by home advantage and having beaten the visitors once already this term, Jones’s charges should have the upper hand.
A repeat of the 3-0 Owls triumph at Portman Road is one for the ambitious at 50/1 (BetVictor) but a 1-0 victory is considered more realistic at 6/1 via Stan James while Ladbrokes offer 3/1 about a home win by a one-goal margin and it’s 9/2 with William Hill for Wednesday to come out on top after going in at the break with scores level.
Brentford’s late leveller at Bramall Lane on Tuesday was a real body blow where Sheffield United’ s automatic promotion hopes are concerned and it’s looking like the Blades will need to win all three of their remaining matches if they are to finish in the top two.
Stan James rate Chris Morgan’s troops at even money to pick up a maximum haul at Portsmouth, 3/1 shots at BetVictor, and as Pompey have already been relegated, United should come away with a 12th away victory of the campaign.
Nevertheless, a close encounter seems inevitable at Fratton Park, where bet365 chalk the Blades up at 8/1 to finish on the right side of a 2-1 scoreline and also price Morgan’s men at 14/5 to shade it by one.
Wins have dried up for Barnsley at precisely the wrong time meaning the Tykes are now Skybet’s 4/7 favourites to be relegated from the Championship and with a trio of tough fixtures on the agenda for David Flitcroft’s team, they will have to quickly turn things around to survive.
At 19/5 (Stan James) however, Barnsley are huge underdogs ahead of the trip to Nottingham Forest, although the Tykes’ three draws in four might nudge a few punters towards a City Ground stalemate at 29/10 with BetVictor.
Doncaster meanwhile, are 4/7 at Ladbrokes to edge closer to the League One title by beating Notts County, Paddy Power quote third-placed Rotherham at 6/5 to get the better of struggling Plymouth and it’s 17/10 via bet365 for Chesterfield to overcome Fleetwood.
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