What are the betting odds of Sheffield Wednesday staging a great escape at Derby County? Who are the first goalscorer odds?
Sheffield Wednesday will step out at Derby County tomorrow knowing only a win will do if they are to secure survival from the Championship. But how likely is it?
In the event of a win, the Owls also need Cardiff City to take at least a point from their home clash with Rotherham United.
As the old adage goes, the bookies are rarely wrong, so we took a quick look at where they see things heading into the final weekend of the campaign.
How about the result?
Derby have lost six on the bounce heading into this one and in surrendering a 1-0 lead over Swansea last weekend that would have seen them safe, they look as though they’ve forgotten how to win a football match.
Wednesday’s form hasn’t been sparkling it has to be said, but they are the form side of the two having drawn to and won one of their last four matches.
Despite all this, the bookies have Derby as 13/10 favourites, with Wednesday at 11/5. A draw is priced-up at 23/10.
And the scoreline?
Neither of these sides have exactly been free-scoring this season and that’s reflected in the betting odds when it comes to the correct scoreline.
Derby have scored 33 goals in the Championship and Wednesday 37, making them the worst and third-worst attacking sides in the division. Wycombe (36) are split between them.
The bookies have 1-1 as the most likely scoreline, priced at 5/1, with a 1-0 Derby win next-best at 13/2. A 1-0 Wednesday win is at 8/1, as is a goalless draw, with 2-1 Derby at 17/2.
How about the big one.. survival?
With all the permutations around it, this might be a tricky one to decipher, but the bookies believe the lucky team that will survive the last day shootout will come from the match at Pride Park.
Derby are big favourites at 8/13, hardly surprising given they are the team in control of their own fate, with the Owls at 3/1.
Rotherham sit out at 10/3 and let’s not forget Wycombe, who need to beat Middlesbrough with a truly historic goal difference swing in their favour to stand any chance. They’re at 2000/1.