Winless in nine Championship outings, Sheffield Wednesday have had chance to regroup over the international break and the television cameras will be in attendance as Stuart Gray’s men look to turn the corner in an intriguing-looking Yorkshire showdown at Huddersfield.
Bookies fancy the Owls’ woes to continue, Stan James installing the Terriers as 13/10 favourites for the points at the John Smiths Stadium, where Wednesday are 23/10 via bet365 to finally return to winning ways.
Of course a run of six stalemates in eight will push plenty of punters towards an inconclusive contest at 12/5 (Ladbrokes) and BetVictor’s 12/1 about a goalless affair is also set to prove popular, alongside Skybet’s 9/2 for the two teams to head in at the end of each half with the scores level.
Some Owls will be understandably cautious in light of their team’s recent results and for them Wednesday receive a goal start at 8/11 in bet365’s handicaps or are available at 13/10 in BetVictor’s ‘Draw No Bet’ market.
Gray’s troops, however, have tended to be stronger on the road and they’re 19/5 (Stan James) to continue that trend with a victory by a one-goal margin. More accurately, BetVictor price them at 11/1 to shade it 1-0 and an away success following an even first period comes in at a generous 6/1 courtesy of Winner.com.
Also in the Championship, Rotherham stand a decent chance of securing a maximum haul this weekend, betway rating the Millers as 6/5 favourites to get the better of Birmingham.
In a potentially tight affair, Stan James chalk Steve Evans’ charges up at 14/5 to prevail by a solitary goal and BetVictor make them 17/2 to finishing on the right side of a 2-1 scoreline.
In League One, Sheffield United moved back into the play-off places as they got the better of Doncaster at the Keepmoat Stadium and they’re just 21/20 at William Hill to frank that form by sending Oldham home from Bramall Lane empty-handed.
The corresponding fixture in the last couple of seasons have finished all square, an outcome Paddy Power offer at 12/5 ahead of this one but the Latics’ best work is done on their own patch and the Blades should be too strong.
They’re 9/4 (BetVictor) to possess a lead at the end of each half, 9/1 via Paddy Power to notch twice without reply and 13/5 in bet365’s handicaps when kicking off a goal in arrears.
At the Proact Stadium, Chesterfield are no bigger than even money with Ladbrokes to see off Stan James’s 3/1 shots Barnsley in a clash William Hill quote at 11/4 to finish in a draw. Meanwhile, Doncaster are 7/2 (BetVictor) to return from Rochdale three points better off.
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