New Owls boss Dave Jones took charge of Wednesday for the first time in midweek and witnessed a comprehensive 4-1 home win against Bury which saw the Hillsborough outfit move within a point of the Blades following their recent 3-2 reverse against Oldham and Walsall.
The Owls entertain Bournemouth on Saturday and will meet a Cherries side who have lost their last four in League One and have scored one goal and got one point from their last five.
On the face of it the game looks a banker home win but the visitors have picked up more points on the road (24) than they have at home (20) so far this term and Charlton’s 2-0 home loss to Colchester on Tuesday night shows nothing should be taken for granted.
That said Wednesday look a fair price at 7/10 given the Cherries must be low on confidence with Bournemouth 19/5 and the draw at 5/2.
Gary Madine and Ryan Lowe were among the goals against the Shakers and they are 4/1 and 5/1 market leaders to score first at the weekend.
Wednesday are 6/4 to be promoted and 33s for the title after the win against the Shakers but need to follow up on Saturday.
Six goals conceded in two games against bottom half of the table opposition is not the form Sheffield United’s Danny Wilson was looking for at this time of the season with a new central defensive pairing at the Banks’s Stadium through suspensions following the collapse at Bramall Lane to Oldham last weekend.
The Blades travel to Griffin Park on Saturday to meet a Brentford side only six points from the play-off zone and desperate for the points for their own needs, but five home losses already this term suggests Griffin Park is not exactly a fortress for the Bees.
The Blades remain in the automatic promotion places and are 10s for the title and 8/11 to be playing back in the Championship next term but they can’t afford any more slip ups with a trip to the Addicks’ conquerors Colchester next Tuesday.
United are 6/4 (from 11/8) to return with all three points with the Bees 15/8 (from 2/1) and the draw at 21/10; Ched Evans is 19/4 to grab the opener and 5/4 to add to his 16 league goals at any time during the 90 minutes.
Chesterfield gained four much needed points this week but they remain in the relegation places after their goalless draw at Deepdale midweek when the Spireites probably deserved more than a point for their efforts.
They remain 1/3 to be playing in Division 2 next term and are 5/1 outsiders for their visit to Stevenage ahead of Boro’s FA Cup replay at White Hart Lane on Wednesday night.
Boro could not be described as being in a rich vein of form (two points from 12) and if the Spireites are to get out of trouble this looks a game they must take something from.
Sunderland are without Lee Cattermole and Stephane Sessegnon for the visit of Liverpool and trip to Goodison in the FA Cup 6th Round.
The Reds play the Blues in the Merseyside derby next Tuesday but Liverpool have a strong enough squad to cope and they can get all three points at the Stadium of Light at even money.
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