Irvine backed for fifth round

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Sheffield Wednesday are the last of the region’s teams left in the FA Cup and are expected to feature in the competition for a further round at least; they are Coral’s 8/15 favourites to eliminate Hereford.

The Bulls are quoted at 7.0 (6/1) by Betdaq to cause an upset and the tie is 7/2 with Victor Chandler to require a replay but the Bulls ply their trade in League Two and although they have shown impressive form of late, Wednesday’s elevated status and home advantage suggests that they should be in the fifth round hat.

Nevertheless, the visitors have won five straight in all competitions and can make life uncomfortable for Alan Irvine’s men. Subsequently, an Owls triumph by a one-goal margin is a distinct possibility at odds of 14/5 with Partybets and a 2-1 success for the hosts, is rated at 15/2 by 888Sport.

William Hill mark 6/5 against a Wednesday lead at the end of each half and in the handicaps Paddy Power quote the Owls at 13/10 to overhaul a mythical goal start to prevail by at least two but the contest could prove to tighter than that and Stan James suggests 10/3 for Irvine’s side to nick it following a drawn first half.

In the Championship, Barnsley head to Millwall tonight and the Tykes are underdogs at 7/2 with Ladbrokes. This is because Mark Robins’ men have lost seven out of 13 away from home but in 2011, Barnsley have registered a draw at Nottingham Forest and a win at Doncaster, so they shouldn’t be written off in this one.

Totesport rate them at 5/2 to earn a point in London, where Betfred offer 6/1 for it to finish 1-1 and bet365 chalk odds of 10/11 against Robins’ troops avoiding defeat. For more optimistic Tykes supporters meanwhile, 888Sport offer 16/1 for a 2-1 away victory.

In League 2, leaders Chesterfield look a home banker to beat a Bradford side arriving on the back of four straight defeats, three away from home. The Spireites are a high as 5/6 with bet365 to collect three points from the home clash and a generous 8/1 (William Hill) to notch twice without reply.

Rotherham should arrest a run of three straight defeats as they host struggling Stockport. Betfred make the Millers 4/7 to win and Partybets price them at 11/10 to triumph by two goals or more. Odds supplied by