Expect fireworks in Saturday’s derby between Barnsley and Doncaster.
Donny’s unbeaten run of three games came to a halt at the Amex Stadium with defeat to Brighton but they have opportunity to make amends at the Keepmoat.
Results since the New Year have improved and Rovers are five points clear of the relegation zone whilst Barnsley remain a point clear of Yeovil, who continue to prop up the table.
Barnsley suffered further woe with Ipswich Town netting twice inside the last 10 minutes and they are 1/3 to be relegated and 7/4 second favourites behind Yeovil to finish bottom. BetVictor make Rovers 11/8 favourites, Barnsley 21/10 and the draw 9/4 and although rule of thumb states that ‘derby form goes out of the window’ it’s difficult to see past a home win.
Donny haven’t conceded in 384 minutes on home soil in Championship action and will be difficult to break-down.
Sheffield Wednesday’s unbeaten Championship run ended with defeat at home to Wigan.
One bad game doesn’t spell disaster and they can bounce back when hosting strugglers Charlton in the FA Cup, (Wednesday 150/1 to lift the cup and even money against the Addicks.) Chris Powell’s side are in free-fall – cut to 5/4 to be relegated after three straight defeats; it should be easy pickings.
Charlton are woeful and as long as Wednesday are near the level of form that saw them beat Leeds, Barnsley and Reading, then they should ease into the next round. Prior to the defeat to the Latics Wednesday had won their last four o at Hillsborough, three of which to nil and that is the value at 9/4.
Sheffield United produced their most efficient performance of the season when turning over Shrewsbury. Ryan Flynn and Stefan Scougall scored before half-time to ensure the Blades leap-frogged the Shrews in the table and are now just a point away from safety.
It wasn’t pretty but it was effective and that result sets up Nigel Clough’s side ahead of their FA Cup 5th round tie with Nottingham Forest on Sunday. Forest stretched their unbeaten run to 16 games in all competitions with a 3-0 defeat of Huddersfield midweek and are 5/4 favourites, the Blades 23/10 and the draw 12/5.
After United’s giant-killing exploits against Aston Villa and Fulham their fans will be hoping of earning a replay at the least.
Ryan Flynn scored winner to knock-out Villa and scored the opener against the Shrews on Saturday, he’s 20/1 to score the first goal and 15/2 to score anytime against Forest.