After a couple of good wins, it was a very disappointing home defeat to Blackpool on Tuesday but Sheffield Wednesday have the opportunity to right that wrong in front of the Sky cameras tomorrow night.
However, it looks a tough task at the Riverside as title chasing Middlesbrough are one of the form teams in the Championship.
Boro are 20/23 with the Owls 16/5 and the draw at 27/10 and it is hard to see past a home win with the home side guaranteed their biggest crowd of the season and the Riverside faithful know their side will go top of the table with a win.
Wednesday are now 7/2 to return to League One after the defeat at home to Blackpool; Barnsley have gone back odds-on (4/5) to be playing their football in the third tier of English football after their midweek defeat at Pride Park yet Ipswich, thrashed 5-0 at Selhurst Park in midweek are 7/4! Surely that looks a cracking bet?
Barnsley (13/8) need to arrest their current three-game losing streak and will crave a positive result against Huddersfield (17/10) in a Yorkshire derby at Oakwell; Town have picked up four points from two recent home games but met with heavy defeats at Peterborough and Millwall before those games at the John Smith’s Stadium and are certainly vulnerable.
It is now eight games since the Reds scored more than one goal in a game (the famous five at St Andrews) and they are likely to need more than one to get all three points against the Terriers but a draw beckons.
Sheffield United’s unbeaten run continues and a point at Swindon midweek was enough to take them to the top of the table and their resilience has to be applauded although they, too, find goals hard to come by and it says much for their defence and organisation that they have only scored five goals in their last six games in League One.
United are now 2/1 for the title with ourselves at BetVictor and 4/6 for promotion and those prices will shorten considerably if they win on Saturday at MK Dons who had a poor run in October which saw them take only six points from a possible 18.
A point (11/5) would probably do the Blades but I think they can nick it 1-0 which is a 15/2 shot; the 5/4 for MK looks far too short and the 12/5 on offer at BetVictor for a Blades win looks massive.
Doncaster Rovers’ defeat to Crewe midweek was a blow to their promotion aspirations and leaves them five points behind the Blades in sixth place.
Seven goals in seven home games tells its own story for Rovers who entertain Bournemouth, revitalised since Eddie Howe returned in charge and unbeaten in six.
Rovers are 8/5 to pick up all three points with Bournemouth 17/10. The draw is 12/5.
Rotherham United have hit a bit of form at long last and were unfortunate not to pick up all three points at Fleetwood in midweek. They travel to East London on Saturday to meet a limited Dagenham & Redbridge side who did beat Oxford at the Kassam Stadium on Tuesday.
The Millers are 13/2 for the title and, for the first time this season, are beginning to get their act together; they are 5/4 to win at Daggers and Steve Evans’s side are a different class to Dagenham and they really ought to take all three points.
Good point for Chesterfield at Capital One Cup quarter finalists Bradford City on Tuesday and they are 13/8 to win on their trip to a Bristol Rovers side who have lost their last four. It’s 12/5 the draw.