Inconsistency has been the defining factor of Sheffield Wednesday’s form over the last month or so and indeed it has largely been the story of the Owls’ season, hence why they’re anchored in mid-table in the Championship.
With five matches remaining, a top half finish will now be Wednesday’s aim and Stuart Gray’s troops will improve their chances in that department if they manage to get the better of the team directly above them, Charlton Athletic, this weekend.
Aided by home advantage the Owls are Paddy Power’s 11/10 favourites to claim a maximum haul while the Addicks arrive at Hillsborough as BetVictor’s 29/10 underdogs and it’s 12/5 (Stan James) to finish all square, replicating the result of Wednesday’s last two results on their own patch.
Both of those games ended one-each, an outcome that’s 6/1 at betway ahead of this encounter, bet365 mark 15/4 against a score draw and Winner.com offer 15/4 about the scores being level after 45 and 90 minutes.
In BetVictor’s ‘Draw No Bet’ market, Gray’s charges are 9/20 but Athletic were beaten at struggling Millwall in their last away fixture, a result that will give Wednesday plenty of confidence.
Punters equally encouraged can back the Owls at 11/4 (Skybet) to edge it by a solitary goal, Stan James report cash for the 11/2 they offer about a 1-0 home victory and William Hill rate the hosts at 4/1 to emerge triumphant following an even first half.
Rotherham are still not quite clear enough of the relegation zone for comfort and they aren’t expected to boost their survival hopes at promotion-chasing Middlesbrough.
Understandably, the hosts are strong favourites at 4/9 with bet365, BetVictor chalk the Millers up at 6/1 and Stan James offer 17/4 about Steve Evans’s side picking up a respectable point on Teesside.
Oldham have little to play for so Sheffield United are Ladbrokes’ 5/4 jollies as they tackle the Latics (13/5, BetVictor) at Boundary Park. Paddy Power price a win by one for the Blades at 3/1, the same firm make them 13/5 to lead at the interval as well as the final whistle and a 2-1 away success is a 9/1 chance at BetVictor.
If Barnsley and Chesterfield are to secure the play-off place they’re chasing in League One then Saturday’s meeting between the two at Oakwell is crucial and Stan James go 13/10 about the Tykes staying in the hunt by collecting a vital three points. The Spireites are available at 19/10 (BetVictor) and bet365 rate a stalemate at 13/5, a wager that will inevitably popular in light of what’s at stake for both teams.
Doncaster’s play-off hopes are as good as over now but they can still play a role in deciding who finishes in the top six given that they face Rochdale this weekend. In front of their own supporters, Rovers will 13/10 (Stan James) to nick it.
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