Thousands of Sheffield Wednesday fans will make the short journey to Elland Road hoping to see an improvement in fortunes after the Owls lost their first three games of the season, with Dave Jones’ side having suffered a 2-1 defeat on each occasion.
They were unfortunate not to get a point at Loftus Road in their first match against QPR after being denied a stonewall penalty, with odds of 13/5 available at bet365 that the visitors leave Elland Road with their first win of the season although it doesn’t look an easy task.
Brian McDermott will have targetted four points from Leeds’ first two matches and a comeback win against Brighton was followed up by a hard-earned point at Leicester which already gives them a platform upon which to build this term.
United aren’t among the favourites to get promoted although they have a manager who steered Reading to the Championship title two seasons ago and McDermott has harnessed a strong team spirit during his short time at the west Yorkshire club, looking to succeed where Simon Grayson and Neil Warnock have failed.
William Hill’s 6/5 about a home win in front of the Sky Sports cameras doesn’t look a bad bet, with Leeds looking to go top of the Championship by landing the three points, with the Whites having beaten Chesterfield 2-1 at Elland Road in addition to Brighton.
Ross McCormack starts the season injury-free and committed to the club and the Scot can be backed at 6/1 with Ladbrokes to score the first of this contest, with Noel Hunt and Luke Varney set to operate in attacking positions too.
Wednesday seem to be vulnerable in the air defensively if a 2-1 home reverse against Burnley is any indication and Jones has lamented the soft goals that have been conceded against Rangers and Rotherham in addition to this latest defeat.
Atdhe Nuhiu arrived in the summer and the big Austrian didn’t take long to open his account, with Paddy Power going 8/1 that he breaks the deadlock in this match, although we can’t help checking out the odds on another 2-1 reverse for the Owls and the odds available are an enticing 17/2.
Goals are likely to be scored and it’s a surprise to see odds of 21/20 about Over 2.5 Goals considering that Wednesday have shipped two in their first three games, while Both Teams to Score also looks backable at 10/11 with Coral.