Bookies rate screen test tough for Owls

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Looking to bounce back from the heavy defeat to Watford last weekend, Sheffield Wednesday get the television treatment tonight.

But those tuning in aren’t expected to see the Owls returning to winning ways, in fact they’re Stan James 13/2 outsiders to collect a maximum haul.

That’s perhaps not surprising given that they visit Championship leaders Leicester, BetVictor’s 1/2 favourites and as the Foxes haven’t lost a league match since early December – a run stretching back 20 games – Stuart Gray’s troops would probably settle for a point (7/2, bet365).

That’s not out of the question either, as the hosts have shared the spoils in three of their last four, and punters wanting to speculate on a stalemate can also tackle bet365’s 9/2 about the King Power Stadium contest finishing in a score draw.

More accurately, Ladbrokes rate a 1-1 scoreline at 9/1, it’s 6/1 (BetVictor) to be level at the end of each half and Stan James price Wednesday at 5/1 in their ‘Draw No Bet’ market.

As underdogs meanwhile, Gray’s charges benefit from a goal start in Paddy Power’s handicaps at 17/10 but as the Owls have already beaten City once this term and also won this fixture last season, some travelling fans might want to capitalise on the huge odds available for outcomes related to an away success.

Skybet go 15/2 about a Wednesday triumph by a one-goal margin, they’re 22/1 (Stan James) to shade it 2-1, as they did when the pair met at Hillsborough back in December and betway rate the visitors at 12/1 to be in front at the end of each half.

Sheffield United have won just one of their last five but they’re bet365’s 7/5 favourites to improve on that record as they face promotion-chasing Leyton Orient in the latest in a brutal sequence of fixtures that will see the Blades take on all of the top seven in the space of nine games.

The O’s are 23/10 at BetVictor to emerge triumphant at Bramall Lane, where it’s also 23/10, this time with betway, to be all square but the visitors have faltered of late and that should give Nigel Clough’s men plenty of confidence. make them 11/4 to defeat the Londoners by one, a 1-0 United victory is 13/2 courtesy of Stan James and William Hill chalk the Blades up at 9/2 to clinch the points after an even first 45 minutes.

Back-to-back away wins have really opened up the possibility of Barnsley retaining their Championship status and Paddy Power quote the Reds at 5/2 to further boost their survival hopes at the expense of Brighton. Rejuvenated Doncaster Rovers meanwhile, are 6/4 (BetVictor) to help Barnsley by seeing off Birmingham.

Finally, Skybet go even money about Rotherham improving their promotion chances with a triumph at Gillingham and Chesterfield are Paddy Power’s 7/10 favourites ahead of the visit of freefalling Newport.

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