Sheffield Wednesday setting out to prove the bookies wrong as they're named among relegation favourites

It’s over to Sheffield Wednesday to prove the bookies wrong after they were placed as 5-2 second-favourites for relegation after the fixtures for the 2020/21 season were released.

By Alex Miller
Saturday, 22nd August 2020, 6:00 am

The Owls face a tricky start to a manic league campaign as they make the trip to Cardiff on September 12. Their first home clash will take place a week later against newly-relegated Watford, before Bristol City away, a home clash with QPR and then a trip to Birmingham City.

The fixture list squeezes an entire league campaign into just 238 days, with manic periods including an eight-game December – with 16 games to be played in 42 days between Preston away on November 21 and the home clash with Derby on January 2.

The season will close on May 8 with an away clash at Pride Park. There is not yet news of when supporters will be allowed back into stadiums due to the coronavirus crisis, but if any fans are able to do so by Boxing Day, they face a trip over the Pennines and to Blackburn’s Ewood Park.

Sheffield Wednesday are hard at work ahead of their season opener on September 5.

It will be Wednesday’s fifth-consecutive Boxing Day away day.

It was also announced that Wednesday’s season opener – a Carabao Cup tie at Walsall on September 5 – would be broadcast live on Sky Sports with a 2:15pm kick-off time.

The Owls start on minus 12 points and those early relegation odds place only newly-promoted Wycombe Wanderers, who earned their place via the League One playoffs last season, as a side the bookies see as more likely to go down at 2-3 on.

Rotherham are the third-favourites at 2-1, while Derby, who are awaiting news on what could be a similar points deduction to that of Wednesday, are at 4-1.

Of the Yorkshire derbies, they’ll play newly-promoted Rotherham away on Wednesday October 28 and at home on Wednesday March 3 and then Huddersfield away on Tuesday December 8 and at home on Wednesday March 17.

Barnsley will come to Hillsborough on December 12, with the trip to Oakwell arriving on March 20.

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