Sheffield Wednesday continued their excellent start to the season with a deserved 1-0 defeat of Reading last weekend.
The result secured a third consecutive clean sheet for Stuart Gray’s side, seven in their opening ten games of the season, in an exceptional run of form that has seen the Owls move into the play-off places for the first time this season.
BetVictor cut Wednesday to 11/4 (from 5s) to stay there and secure a top six finish, 25/1 (from 33s) to win the Championship Title and 12/1 (from 14s) to be playing top-flight football for the first time since relegation from the Premier League in 2000.
The Owls can continue their excellent league form when travelling to managerless Cardiff City at the weekend; Wednesday 2/1 underdogs with BetVictor, the Bluebirds 6/4 and the draw 12/5. Ole Gunnar Solskjaer left the club by mutual consent last week however results are yet to improve with Cardiff throwing away a two-goal lead at Derby on Saturday, following-up with a 3-0 defeat at home to Bournemouth in the Capital One Cup midweek.
Stevie May has taken his scored in both defeats of Reading and Birmingham and has been cut to 40/1 (from 66s) to be the Championship’s leading scorer this season. May is 15/2 to open the scoring at the Cardiff City Stadium and 5/2 to score in a third league game on the spin; with the latter attracting of the two.
Luciano Becchio came off the bench to rescue Rotherham a share of the spoils as Steve Evans’ side held high-flying Charlton to a 1-1 draw at the New York Stadium. The visitors had led at the break thanks to Johann Gudmundson’s but the Millers showed tremendous character to fight-back; Becchio netting his first goal since joining on loan from Norwich in the summer.
Becchio demonstrated his knack of being in the right place at the right time against the Addicks and can prove the catalyst, if starting, when Rotherham travel to Portman Road on Saturday. Mick McCarthy’s side turned over Wigan on Monday and his Ipswich side are respected as even money favourites, Rotherham 3/1 and the draw 13/5 with BetVictor. Connor Sammon was lively against the Latics and will have many punters tucking into him at 5/1 to open the scoring however Becchio gets the nod at 15/2 to score the first goal and at 13/5 to net anytime during the 90.
In League One, Doncaster Rovers ended a six-month wait for a home win with a thrilling 3-2 defeat of Chesterfield at the Keepmoat on Saturday. Those three points have moved within three points from those in the play-off places and were subsequently cut to 9/1 for promotion with Chesterfield eased the other way and now 8/1 (from 11/2) with BetVictor, whilst Barnsley and Sheffield United remain 8/1and 13/8 respectively.
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Sheffield United 1/5
Rovers can use the weekend’s result as a platform to build their season on, starting with the weekend’s trip to Walsall. With home advantage at the Bescott Stadium BetVictor make the Saddlers 13/10 favourites, Rovers 23/10 and the draw 12/5 however the home side have just one win from their opening nine league games of the season and appear vulnerable.
Walsall have played out stalemates with Gillingham and Colchester already this month and the 0-0 correct score looks good value at 11/1 with Rovers 11/4 to keep a 5th9/2 to win the game to nil with BetVictor.
Despite their 3-2 defeat at Rovers, Chesterfield remain in good nick and look good value at 4/5 to bounce back when hosting the struggling Notts County to the Proact Stadium on Saturday; the Magpies 4/1 and the draw 13/5 with BetVictor. Spireites’ striker Eoin Doyle has netted eight goals in his last four games and can continue his excellent run of form in front of goal. Doyle is 7/2 to open the scoring in Saturday’s game and remains the 3/1 favourite with BetVictor to be the league’s
leading goalscorer this term.
Sheffield United imploded at Swindon losing 5-2 at the Robins in the league before bouncing back midweek booking their place in the fourth round of the Capital One Cup with a 1-0 defeat of Leyton Orient on Tuesday.
The Blades were cut to 100/1 (from 200s) for cup success however promotion remains Nigel Clough’s seasonal objective and focus turns to Gillingham’s arrival at Bramall Lane on Saturday; United 7/10 favourites with BetVictor, the Gills 9/2 and the draw 3/1 with BetVictor.
Swindon face further South Yorkshire opposition when travelling to Oakwell at the weekend to take on a Barnsley side hovering two places above the relegation places after Saturday’s 2-1 defeat at lowly Port Vale. The Tykes are now winless in their last three but can make amends on Saturday; Barnsley 9/5, Swindon 13/8 and the draw 12/5.
The Tykes have netted nine goals in their last three L1 games at Oakwell and that can see to success over the Robins. Danny Wilson’s side can continue their excellent scoring record at home with the 3-1 correct score looking excellent value at 22/1 or perhaps the more conservative punter more likely to side with Barnsley to win and both teams to score at 17/4 with BetVictor.
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