Sheffield Wednesday host Watford in the Championship on Wednesday night (20:00) at Hillsborough looking to end their two-game losing streak and pull themselves closer to safety.
The Owls have been an improving side under Danny Rohl since the young coach took over from Xisco Munoz but even he is finding it difficult to put points on the board and drag the club out of the relegation zone.
They welcome a Watford side that also have a problem with consistency. Valerien Ismael's side have won just one of their last five and have been forced to settle for draws in three of them but they have just one defeat in their last nine. A victory would keep them on the periphery of the play-offs.
Both Sheffield Wednesday and Watford are valued at 13/8 to come away with the three points, highlighting that this game is indeed a tough one to call. A draw is on offer at 12/5.
Both teams to score is priced at 4/6 and over 2.5 goals is marketed at 5/6.
Wednesday duo Callum Paterson and Dominic Iorfa are out of action through injury. After Rohl made several changes for the FA Cup draw with Coventry City, we could see Will Vaulks, Ashley Fletcher and Liam Palmer return to the starting XI.
Watford have a few injuries of their own in Jeremy Ngakia, Edo Kayembe and Ken Sema. After returning to the club on loan this month, striker Emmanuel Dennis could be pushing for his first start against the Owls.
Watford to win @ 13/8
This game is indeed a tough one to call and it isn't as simple as separating the two sides based on their league positions. Wednesday are a much tougher opponent than they were earlier in the season and this will be a tough battle for the Hornets.
Ismael's men need to find a way to turn their draws into wins after a few recent stalemates and with them still knocking on the door of the play-offs, they need to find a win sooner rather than later.
Having lost just one of their last nine is impressive and that aided our decision with this selection. The Owls will put up a fight at Hillsborough and this could be a very narrow contest, but we do fancy the visitors to come out on top, especially with the hosts having lost two on the bounce in the league.
Both teams to score @ 4/6
And by a close contest, we mean that we think that there will be goals at both ends. We do think Watford will come out on top here but the fact is that both teams to score has been a winning bet in their last 11 matches.
It has also landed in three of Sheffield Wednesday's last five matches in all competitions.
The Hornets were 1-0 winners at Vicarage Road in the reverse fixture earlier in the season in what was Rohl's first game in charge of the Owls, but they have been evolving since that October meeting, and are a much more competitive outfit who can score goals.
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