Sheffield Wednesday came out of Friday night’s Yorkshire derby against Leeds with a very credible 1-1 draw, so the in-form Owls will be feeling confident when top-of-the-table West Brom visit Hillsbrough in Wednesday night’s featured televised match.
After a winless opening trio of games, Wednesday now find themselves in the top half following a run of form that has seen them lose just once in their last seven Championship games. West Brom, meanwhile, sit top after winning four of their last five games. Darren Moore’s side are banging the goals in too, notching nine in their last three games. Wednesday’s last seven games all seen both teams score, so that should be a banker again in this one at a pretty skimpy 8/13 with William Hill – but good enough for an acca.
The form man for the table-toppers has to be Jay Rodgruez, who you can’t deny is good enough for the Premier League. The Englishman has seven goals in his last eight Championship games, and is a good bet for another against a creaky Owls defence at 13/10 with Ladbrokes.
Wednesday should also be particularly wary of a quick start from their visitors. West Brom have scored first in seven of their last nine Championship games, and if you fancy that to be the same again here, then you can get 8/11 (Betfair) for the Baggies to, erm, bag first.
There are always plenty of draws over the course of the Championship season, and with both sides in pretty good nick, I wouldn’t be surprised to see a stalemate in this one that would see both sides’ good runs continue. Both teams score is probably the order of the day too, so the score draws pays 7/2 with Betfair.
With this one being in front of the Sky cameras, plus the fact that there is very little to do on a Wednesday night in the UK, let’s have a dabble on a same-game multi to keep ourselves occupied on a gloomy midweek evening. £10 on both teams scoring, over 2.5 goals, both teams scoring and a yellow card for Baggies midfielder Chris Brunt returns a lovely £61 with Coral.
Championship Treble: £10 on Leeds (to beat Hull), Middlesbrough (Ipswich) and Wigan (Swansea) returns £81 with Paddy Power.
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