Sheffield Wednesday need to end winless stretch

Managers Stuart Gray and Gary Bowyer pay their respects to the 96.
Managers Stuart Gray and Gary Bowyer pay their respects to the 96.
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Sheffield Wednesday played out a pulsating 3-3 draw with Blackburn on the 25th Hillsborough disaster at the Owls’ home ground. Wednesday manager Stuart Gray and Rovers boss Gary Bowyer laid wreaths in front of the stand where the 96 Liverpool fans died in 1989 on a day where marked with several tributes and observed excellently by both sets of fans.

A late Atehe Nuhiu strike left both sides with a share of the spoils and Wednesday now go to Bournemouth bidding to end a run of three games without a win; the Cherries 20/23 favourites with BetVictor, Wednesday 10/3 and the draw 5/2. Eddie Howe’s men were held to a draw at Yeovil last Saturday however before that had won their previous five on the spin and have been beaten just once in their last 11 at Victoria Park.

Despite losing their FA Cup semi-final 5-3, Sheffield United produced a spirited display that saw them lead twice and give their Premier League opposition Hull City an almighty scare. For 45 minutes, Steve Bruce’s side had looked as though they were on course to suffer a shock as the

League One outfit twice seized the lead, before City manager Steve Bruce’s second-half substitutions transforming the game to send the Tigers to their first ever FA Cup Final.

Despite the disappointment of defeat, the cup run can spark future success for Nigel Clough and his men with winnable fixtures with both Stevenage and Tranmere over the Easter period.

The Blades look a big price at 20/23 with BetVictor for Boro’s arrival to Bramall Lane, the away side 10/3 and the draw 5/2 with the value in the double result market and Sheffield United look good value at 2/1 to win the game half time/full time.

Barnsley gave themselves hope of staying up by beating fellow strugglers Charlton at the Valley. Defenders Jean Yves-M’voto and Tom Kennedy got the goals lifting the Tykes off the foot of the table and within two points off the Addicks one place above the drop zone.

Danny Wilson’s side were cut to 1/3 for the drop with BetVictor and 5/1 to finish bottom.

Our Championship relegation prices: Yeovil 1/16 Barnsley 1/3 (from 1/8) Millwall 4/6 Blackpool 7/4 Charlton 7/2 (from 6/1) Doncaster 4/1

The Tykes welcome Leeds on Saturday before travelling to promotion favourites Derby County on Monday, a defeat of Brian McDermott’s side almost ensuring Barnsley move out of the relegation zone for the weekend at least. BetVictor make Barnsley 6/4 favourites, Leeds 19/10 and the draw 12/5 with the home side taken to earn three points, buoyed on by the Oakwell faithful – the 2-1 correct score looking the value at 9/1.

A late Luke Chambers strike made it three straight defeats for Doncaster Rovers and leaves Paul Dickov’s side far from ruled out of the relegation picture with just four games of the season remaining.

Donny play three of the top six in one of the toughest run-ins of those at the wrong end of the table and have a relegation six-pointer with Millwall on Easter Monday. After being 8/1 for the drop just two weeks ago Rovers are now 4/1 to go down and will need to gain points from either Easter fixture to distance themselves from the bottom three.

Derby will be a very difficult side to beat when they arrive at the Keepmoat on Saturday with Steve McClaren’s side buoyant after beating Blackpool and Huddersfield 3-1 in successive weeks; the Rams 37/40, Doncaster 16/5 and the draw 12/5 with BetVictor.

Rotherham hopes of automatic promotion in League One suffered another blow as they were held to a draw by Bradford City at the New York Stadium on Friday; are we ready for the drama of the play-offs?

Two huge games in four days now await the Millers, going to top of the table Wolves before hosting Port Vale on Easter Monday. Kenny Jackett’s side are now 1/40 on for the Title and secured promotion with a 2-0 win at the weekend.

Steve Evans’ side will be relishing the test of going to champions-elect and are 3/1 to get a result at Molineux, the hosts 37/40 and the draw 5/2 with BetVictor.

Chesterfield guaranteed a League Two play-off spot with victory at relegation-threatened Hartlepool but surely fans are now dreaming of automatic promotion?

The Spireites came from behind to win 2-1 at Victoria Park thanks to goals either side of half-time from Liam Cooper and Eoin Doyle’s exquisite lob ensured Paul Cook’s side have a healthy cushion in and now five points to Fleetwood in fourth place.

With both Rochdale and Scunthorpe slipping up at the weekend BetVictor cut Chesterfield to 4/1 for the Title and 1/20 on for promotion; likely to shorten further with the relatively straightforward game with Exeter at the Proact Stadium on Good Friday.

Chesterfield are 4/7 favourites with BetVictor, the Grecians 11/2 outsiders just two points above the relegation zone and the draw 14/5; surely it’s another comfortable three points?