Sheffield Wednesday’s league success this season has been built primarily upon their home form - they have a negative goal difference away from Hillsborough - though this should not prevent them from overhauling League One Shrewsbury, who have conceded more goals at home than they have scored.
Nevertheless, these respective records suggest that goals could be in short supply when the pair meet in the FA Cup today, with bet365 offering 9/4 for the Owls to enjoy a one-goal margin of victory.
William Hill have rightly installed Wednesday as their 11/10 favourites to progress to the fifth round at the first time of asking.
A 1-0 away win is a popular bet, priced at 13/2 by Winner.com.
Paddy Power consider Wednesday their 4/6 favourites to score the tie’s opening goal and bet365 offer even money against them leading at half time.
Rotherham and Charlton lock horns in a genuine six-pointer with the Millers quoted at 11/10 (BetVictor.com) to secure three points. A 1-0 home win is 13/2 at Winner.com.
Elsewhere, Rotherham are 5/2 (Skybet) to win without conceding and offered at 6/4 (Betfred) to keep a clean sheet. Considering that Charlton have scored fewer away goals than any other Championship side, this could be the weekend’s ‘banker’.
Barnsley make the trip to Swindon’s County Ground on Saturday priced as 5/2 underdogs (Stan James), though most backers believe they would be delighted to return with a point.
This is reflected in the popularity of attractively-priced bets such as Coral’s 10/3 marked in favour of the contest finishing as a score draw and of Paddy Power’s 6/1 posted about it ending one apiece.
Elsewhere Betway chalk 4/6 about it producing fewer than 2.5 goals, while BetVictor’s 9/1 for it to end goalless is attractive enough for punters to take it on as a form of match day insurance.