Sheffield Wednesday backed by bookies ahead of Cardiff City clash

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Sheffield Wednesday’s slender hopes of gate-crashing the Championship play-off places were dealt a blow at Reading but bookmakers expect the Owls to bounce back swiftly as they host Cardiff City on Saturday.

Betway have installed Stuart Gray’s men as 23/20 favourites to secure maximum points at the expense of the Bluebirds, BetVictor’s 11/4 underdogs and it’s 5/2 with bet365 for the clash to finish all square.

Wednesday’s fondness for home stalemates could lure punters towards the latter, as well as Ladbrokes’s 18/5 about a score draw and William Hill’s 6/1 for the teams to net once each. Also of interest could be Stan James’s 1/2 marked against Wednesday in the ‘Draw No Bet’ market and Skybet make the hosts 3/10 to avoid defeat. However, Cardiff have lost four on the bounce and Stan James rate Wednesday at 13/5 to extend the visitors’ losing sequence by one-goal.

Ambitious supporters can tackle’s BetVictor’s 9/1 about a 2-1 home success and in a potentially tight affair, the Owls are 4/1 (bet365) to prevail despite going in on level terms at the interval.

Rotherham’s survival hopes are just 7/5 (Stan James) to be dented at the hands of Ipswich and they are 21/10 via BetVictor to win. Skybet meanwhile, offer a second consecutive stalemate for the Millers at 12/5 and a repeat of last Saturday’s 1-1 scoreline against Charlton is 6/1 at William Hill.

Sheffield United gave their play-off hopes a shot-in-the-arm as they saw off promotion-chasing Swindon and betway have made the Blades their 11/10 jollies ahead of the trip to struggling Gillingham (14/5, bet365). BetVictor go 13/5 the stalemate but the Blades have defeated the Gills once already this term and they’re 17/2 (BetVictor) to complete a league double over the Kent side with another 2-1 triumph. Less specifically, they’re 11/4 at Paddy Power to shade it by a solitary goal.

Despite racing into a 2-0 lead inside ten minutes, Doncaster only claimed a point at Chesterfield on Saturday but bookies fancy Paul Dickov’s men to bounce back swiftly, Stan James chalking them up as 5/4 favourites to get the better of Walsall (12/5, BetVictor) at the Keepmoat Stadium.

BetVictor are forecasting a tricky afternoon for Barnsley as they travel to Swindon, BetVictor quoting odds of 4/6 for the Tykes to return empty handed and Stan James making them 3/1 to earn a point at the County Ground. Winner.com finally, post 23/20 against Chesterfield landing a vital victory at Notts County.

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