Bookmakers gamble on Owls blank

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As underdogs ahead of their FA Cup fifth round clash at Premiership Birmingham, Sheffield Wednesday are as high as 4/7 with Partybets just to get on the scoresheet at St Andrews, where Betdaq offer 2.0 (evens) for the tie to produce fewer than three goals.

The Owls’ scoring chances are hampered slightly by the absence of cup-tied striker Gary Madine, which probably means that Neil Mellor and Clinton Morrison are paired in attack.

Mellor is a 10/1 shot at 888Sport to break the deadlock and Stan James rate him at 3/1 to notch at any stage while Morrison is also 3/1, this time with Paddy Power, to get on the scoresheet and 8/1 (Ladbrokes) to put Wednesday 1-0 in front.

Goals are set to be at a premium in the Championship. Crystal Palace and Sheffield United haven’t been scoring and they’re 7/10 with Victor Chandler to net less than three times between them.

New boy Sam Vokes is 15/2 with Betfred to make an instant impact for the Blades by opening the scoring at Selhurst Park

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