Betting: Sheffield Wednesday to finish in top 12?


Having banished any thoughts of relegation some time ago, the pressure is off Sheffield Wednesday whose aim now will be to build some momentum with next season in mind and try to ensure they finish in the top half of the Championship in the remainder of the current campaign.

Where the latter is concerned, the Owls are 7/4 via Skybet to end up in the top dozen but they have an ideal opportunity to enhance their chances as they entertain the team directly above them, Watford.

Stuart Gray’s troops are slight favourites at 31/20 with BetVictor to leapfrog the Hornets, bet365’s 19/10 outsiders, by collecting a maximum haul and it’s 23/10 at Stan James for the spoils to be shared.

The latter is set to be popular too, given that there’s little between the two sides in the table and there’s also likely to be cash for a score draw (16/5, Paddy Power) at Hillsborough,

where Ladbrokes mark 6/1 against a 1-1 scoreline.

Stan James meanwhile, rate the Owls at 4/5 in the ‘Draw No Bet’ market but as they’ve won three of their last four, Wednesday will be full of confidence and fans sharing that mindset might fancy BetVictor’s 10/3 about a home triumph by a one-goal margin.

More accurately, Wednesday are 8/1 (BetVictor) to grab the only goal, just as they did in December’s reverse fixture at Vicarage Road and it’s 3/1 at bet365 for Gray’s men to again lead at the end of each half.

Barnsley boosted their survival hopes with an impressive 3-1 win at Reading in midweek but they’re Stan James’s 5/2 underdogs to make it back-to-back victories in the vital six-pointer at fellow strugglers Yeovil. A fourth successive draw for the Glovers is 47/20 ( and bet365 price the Tykes at 3/4 to avoid defeat.

Also in the Championship, Doncaster are 10/3 at betway to continue their recent improvement by getting the better of financially troubled Leeds and it’s 13/5 (William Hill) to be inconclusive at Elland Road.

Sheffield United still have an outside chance of gate crashing the League One play-offs and BetVictor quote the Blades at 31/20 to edge closer to that goal by collecting all three points at eight-placed Swindon.

Bookies are wary of a stalemate at the County Ground, hence the top price is Paddy Power’s 9/4 while Ladbrokes make it 6/1 to finish one-each but United’s form is hard to ignore and travelling fans will like the look of a 1-0 success for Nigel Clough’s boys at 13/2 via Skybet.

Finally, Rotherham, whose top six berth is almost assured, are 4/5 (Stan James) to overcome Bristol City and at Wembley on Sunday, BetVictor chalk Chesterfield up at 12/5 to cause an upset by seeing off Peterborough in the Johnstone’s Paints Trophy final.

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