Sheffield Wednesday will be looking to get their season up and running this Saturday when they face Martin Allen’s robust and competitive Notts County team.
Owls boss Gary Megson has dipped into the transfer market again this week as he attempts to plug his side’s leaky defence. New loan signing Ben Marshall will team up with recent acquisitions Chris Lines and Chris O’Grady, both of whom played in Tuesday’s defeat to newly-promoted Bury.
This activity could signal a host of changes to the starting line-up at Hillsborough and Wednesday fans are likely to witness a dramatic change of form once these players have settled into their roles.
Although Megson will be troubled by the Magpies’ free-scoring start to the season – they have notched seven goals in their first three games – home comforts and new faces are likely to see the three points staying in Sheffield.
Wednesday are bwin’s 9/10 favourites to beat Allen’s battlers and subsequently begin to climb the league from their current 16th place.
However, Notts County have proven themselves to be difficult opponents who thrive off their underdog label. This mentality has enabled their league successes this season and almost facilitated a famous cup victory over arch-rivals Nottingham Forest.
The Magpies are priced at 11/4 to beat Wednesday, with the draw available at 9/4, but bwin expects this mission to be a bridge too far for Allen’s team. However, if you believe County can replicate their 3-2 midweek win against Tranmere, then why not bet on them edging another five-goal thriller this Saturday at spectacular odds of 40/1?
Wednesday fans will not care how many goals fly in as long as their side get the victory, having picked up just three points from their first three games. The Owls are still priced at 15/2 to win the League One title, but if Megson is to secure this accolade for his boyhood team then positive results will have to start coming thick and fast.
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