REMARKABLY it took Sheffield Wednesday 13 Championship matches to keep a clean sheet, the Owls shutting out Ipswich at Portman Road last weekend and Ladbrokes rate Dave Jones’ charges at 2/1 to successfully protect their goal again as they welcome Peterborough to Hillsborough.
Taking that further, Skybet make Wednesday 5/2 to prevail ‘to nil’, although Stan James expect the clash to generate plenty of goals, quoting an odds-on 4/6 for a tally of three or more.
Ross Barkley is 12/1 with BetVictor to smash the first of those after marking the extention of his loan deal with a brace a week ago and William Hill post a generous-looking 5/1 against the Everton youngster netting at any stage. Jay Bothroyd meanwhile, is 11/2 via Stan James to break the deadlock and Chris O’Grady joins him at the same price, this time courtesy of bet365.
Sheffield United’s habit of scoring just the one goal continued on Monday as they edged out Portsmouth 1-0 and BetVictor rate the Blades at 15/8 to strike only once in their FA Cup first round tie at Bristol Rovers. In their two fixtures away from the league however, United have been a bit more prolific so some fans might fancy bet365’s 4/5 for Danny Wilson’s troops to strike at least twice.
Penalty-king Nick Blackman is the 9/2 favourite (bet365) to grab the game’s first.
In the FA Cup, Billy Paynter is 7/2 via William Hill to put Doncaster 1-0 in front against Bradford Park Avenue, Skybet mark 11/2 against a Jack Lester opener as Chesterfield tackle League One strugglers Hartlepool and it’s 17/2 with BetVictor for Kieran Agard to strike first in Rotherham’s home game against Stevenage.
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