Betting: Wednesday signings should bolster rearguard

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Given the signings Gary Megson has made over the summer, Sheffield Wednesday should have a more defensively solid look about them as they entertain Rochdale and Partybets price the Owls at even money to keep a clean sheet at Hillsborough, where Betdaq offer 1.91 (10/11) for the clash to produce fewer than three goals.

At the other end, Wednesday have been frustrated in their bid to strengthen in attack and could start with just two strikers, Clinton Morrison and Gary Madine, available.

Morrison is a 5/1 shot at Skybet to break the deadlock against ‘Dale while Madine is a slightly chunkier 13/2 via Paddy Power and the pair are 13/8 (Boylesports) and 21/10 (Paddy Power) to notch at any time.

Sheffield United might hand a competitive debut to new signing Chris Porter and the former Derby man is quoted by bet365 at 13/2 to make a flying start in Blades colours by putting his side 1-0 up.

The same firm make him 21/10 to strike at any point but youngster Jordan Slew may also attract cash at 7/1 (Ladbrokes) to score first and Boylesports post 11/5 against the teenage marksman getting on the scoresheet.

In the Championship, Betfred offer 9/1 for Barnsley new boy Craig Davies to make an instant impact by bagging the opener for the Tykes at Nottingham Forest and Sportingbet rate the ex-Chesterfield attacker at 13/5 to grab a debut goal at some stage while a Billy Sharp opener for Doncaster at Brighton is available at 7/1 via Stan James and the Rovers man is 2/1 (Totesport) to strike. Elsewhere, Chesterfield’s veteran attacker Jack Lester is a 13/2 chance at bet365 to give the Spireites a 1-0 lead at Tranmere and finally, in League Two, Adam Le Fondre remains at Rotherham, for now at least, and he’s just 10/3 (Victor Chandler) to get the first goal as the Millers entertain Oxford.

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