Sheffield Wednesday provided the biggest shock in the opening round of fixtures in the Championship turning over Brighton 1-0 at the Amex on Saturday.
Giles Coke ‘fizzed’ the winner from 30 yards to seal all three points and things continue to get better for Wednesday, beating Notts County 3-0 in the Capital One Cup on Tuesday.
The Owls completed the signing of St Johnstone striker Stevie May for £800k at the weekend but he looks set to miss out on the weekend’s visit of promotion favourites Derby County due to a suspension picked up north of the border.
BetVictor make Derby the 11/8 favourites after similarly winning their opening two games of the season to nil, Wednesday 11/5 and the draw 12/5.
Steve McClaren’s men warrant maximum respect with an abundance of options in the final third however Wednesday have impressed in both outings this term and are fancied to leave with a share of the spoils at the very least; the 1-1 correct the value at 13/2 with BetVictor.
Rotherham but up a brave fight against the Rams on Saturday before eventually being worn down and with a confidence-boosting 1-0 defeat of Fleetwood under their belts in the Capital One Cup, can continue winning ways when hosting Wolves at the weekend.
The Millers are 19/10 with BetVictor, Wolves 31/20 and the draw 23/10 in what appears a very evenly-balanced Championship encounter. Kenny Jackett’s side came out on top 6-4 in a ten-goal thriller in the corresponding fixture last term however Rotherham are much more organised and can earn a result.
Kieren Agard looks the man most likely to fire Steve Evans’ side to victory and he is 17/1 to score anytime in a Millers’ victory and the game producing Under 2.5 goals with BetVictor’s Spincast App.
Newly promoted Chesterfield almost piled more woe on beleaguered Huddersfield Town; leading the Championship outfit 3-1 before a late rally from the Terriers saw them take the game to extra-time where they ultimately nicked the game 5-3 in extra time.
Nevertheless it’s been an excellent week for the Spireites after starting their League One campaign with defeat of Leyton Orient 2-1 on the opening day of the season. Last season’s play-off finalists were never in contention of winning however, needing a late consolation to save their modesty and Paul Cook’s side have been cut to 6/1 (from 8s) with BetVictor to be the division’s top South Yorkshire club and are similarly now 8/1 (from 10s) to be playing Championship football next season.
Top South Yorkshire Club prices from BetVictor
Sheffield United 5/6
Eoin Doyle fired the decisive goal against the O’s last week and looks the man to do a job at the weekend when hosting Rochdale, similarly promoted from League Two last term. BetVictor make Chesterfield the even money favourites, Rochdale 29/10 and the draw 13/5 with the home side taken to send the locals happy on their first home game of the season at the Proact Stadium.
Doncaster got off to a similar start after a resounding 3-0 defeat of Yeovil at Huish Park and followed that up with a hard-fought 1-0 win over York in the Capital One Cup. Harry Forrester snatched the tie with a late win and Rovers have chance to make it three wins from three when hosting Port Vale at the weekend; Donny even money favourites with BetVictor, Vale 3/1 and the draw 5/2.
We put up Paul Dickov’s side last week as an excellent bet at 16/1 for the Title and 11/2 for promotion and cut to 14/1 and 9/2 respectively after the club’s excellent start to the campaign.
Contrasting fortunes for Barnsley however, losing both games of the new season, both at Oakwell and both without scoring a solitary goal. The 2-0 midweek loss to Crewe in the was played with manager Danny Wilson making four changes to the side that lost 1-0 to Crawley and despite dominating possession and shots on goal, were unable to penetrate Ben Garrett’s goal.
Nevertheless, the Tykes have the chance to make swift amends when travelling to Gresty Road to face Steve Davis’s side just four days later and BetVictor make the Tykes 6/4 favourites to turn the table on the Alexandra; Crewe 19/10 and the draw 12/5.
Sam Winnall has gone close in both games thus far this season and can hopefully get a couple against the Minstermen. The striker is the 9/2 favourite to open the scoring and 11/8 to score anytime and whilst still fancied in the betting to be the league’s top scorer at 20/1 with BetVictor.
Speaking of which, Blades new signing Michael Higdon was clipped into 8/1 joint-favourite with Preston’s Joel Garner after netting in the opening day defeat at home to Bristol City. Sheffield United were eased out to 7/4 for promotion and 11/2 for the Title with the Robins the new 9/2 favourites to be Champions with BetVictor.
The Blades should be able to dispatch of Coventry at the weekend and are an excellent price at 6/4 with BetVictor to do so; the Sky Blues in disarray with manager Steven Pressley odds-on to takeover at managerless Huddersfield; City 2/1 and the draw 12/5.
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