Victor Chandler: Owls are bookies favourites

Flashback: Sheffield United's Dave Kitson heads home against Notts County in September 2012
Flashback: Sheffield United's Dave Kitson heads home against Notts County in September 2012

wednesday crashed out of the FA Cup to MK Dons on Tuesday evening but with respect to the Cup competition Owls’ fans are unlikely to shed too many tears with Championship survival the primary/sole objective this term.

A wonderful win for Wednesday at the KC Stadium last weekend took the Owls out of the bottom three and Wolves, one of Dave Jones’ former clubs, are the visitors this weekend to Hillsborough in a game they really ought to win given the Black Country side looked very poor in their first game for new boss Dean Saunders in the home draw with Blackburn last weekend.

Wednesday are out to 5/2 at BetVictor for the drop after those valuable three points at the KC with the odds suggesting the three relegated sides will be Barnsley (1/4), Bristol City (1/4) and Peterborough (1/2) although having put up Huddersfield at 12s they are now into 8s and travel to Vicarage Road at the weekend.

The Owls are 13/10 for three points and to edge further away from the drop zone with Wolves 11/5 and the draw at 23/10; the last away game for the Molineux club saw the end of former manager Stale Solbakken’s reign as they were dumped out of the FA Cup at non-League Luton.

The Reds can move within four points of Ipswich if they beat the Tractor Boys at Portman Road and new boss David Flitcroft will want more of the same after their comprehensive 2-0 defeat of Leeds at the weekend. Ipswich are 9/10 to keep the points in Suffolk with the Tykes 31/10 and the draw at 13/5 at BetVictor. Chris Dagnall was the difference against Leeds at Oakwell with a brace and he is 8/1 to open the scoring.

The Blades’ home form has suddenly gone to pieces and their loss to Pools was followed by a 2-0 reverse to Yeovil at the weekend; they travel to Meadow Lane at the weekend to meet a Notts County side who have won only one of their last ten and have lost their last three in front of their own supporters.

United are 13/8 favourites with Notts 17/10 and the draw 13/5; the Blades are now out to 5/1, the biggest price we have been in what is a very difficult division to call; Brentford are the new 4/1 favourites with Swindon, Doncaster and Bournemouth also 5/1 in a cracking betting heat. Danny Wilson’s side have drawn more matches (11) in the League than any other and Saturday might be a good time to visit a Notts side who must be low on confidence.

If Wednesday’s win at Hull was big Rovers’ last-gasp winner at Stevenage could be season-defining; the Rovers Board are due to meet to consider the applications for the vacant manager’s position and Brian Flynn is now 2/1 to be named the permanent boss with Steve Lomas 3s, Paul Dickov and Glynn Snodin 8s, Nick Barmby 10s and Mark Robins 12s. Punters were falling over themselves to back Robins last week despite denials from the former Barnsley boss.

Rovers entertain Leyton Orient on Saturday and need more of the same against an O’s side who were knocked out of the FA Cup at the Matchroom Stadium in extra time midweek. Brian Flynn would have been hoping for extra-time and Rovers are a shade of odds on at 37/40 to take all three points with the visitors 33/10 and the draw at 13/5.

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