Fixtures involving Sheffield Wednesday and Reading have seen each side’s fortunes ebb and flow in (almost) equal measure in recent years and perhaps the only certainty for punters is that the weekend’s contest will be tight, which explains why bet365’s 5/2 for it to finish with honours even has been well supported.
Despite their recent good form, Wednesday kick off as Ladbrokes’ 2/1 underdogs to secure maximum points; Reading, by contrast, are Betfred’s 7/5 favourites, a status conferred by virtue of them enjoying home advantage.
The opening strike could prove conclusive: Coral consider Wednesday a 5/4 shot to score it, with Saturday’s two-goal hero Gary Hooper priced at 9/2 by Stan James to net the opener. In a match where one goal could be enough to settle matters, Skybet’s 10/3 for Wednesday to enjoy a one goal margin of victory appears worthy of further consideration.
The Blades achieved a modicum of revenge for last season’s play-off defeat when they beat Swindon 2-0 earlier in the season and they go into Saturday’s fixture against the same opponents with hopes of securing their first league double over the Wiltshire team since 1989
Punters who suspect we’re in for another goalfest can get 10/11 (Betfred) about the contest yielding more than 2.5 goals, although more circumspect types may prefer the 6/1 posted by Coral against a 1-0 United success.
The Millers head to South Wales on Saturday priced at a massive 7/2 (Paddy Power) to secure a league double over a Cardiff side who, following a comprehensive win at Wolves last weekend, retain realistic play-off ambitions.
Cardiff have lost only once at home this season and it’s no surprise to see them quoted at 5/6 with Winner.com to register three points.
Barnsley were thumped 3-0 when they played Rochdale at Spotlands earlier in the season, but bookies expect them to avenge that defeat – Stan James post 11/8 in favour of a home win. After three consecutive league victories, the Tykes have captured some momentum and at 13/2 (bet365) to register a 1-0 win, they look decent value; a 2-0 home victory is priced at 11/1 (Coral).
Doncaster secured a 2-0 victory over Fleetwood in August, although Saturday’s renewal promises to be much closer, with bet365’s 12/5 for it to finish with honours even well supported. Fleetwood kick off as Ladbrokes’ 6/4 favourites to secure maximum points, while Darren Ferguson’s men are Betfred’s 15/8 underdogs.
Chesterfield’s need for points is more pressing than that of Saturday’s opponents Millwall and punters who suspect that the fixture will be closer than many pundits suggest can get 4/6 (Stan James) about it yielding fewer than 2.5 goals; optimists may prefer the enormous 7/1 posted by Winner.com against a 1-0 Chesterfield success.
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