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Stuart Dalgleish 5th Oct 2010 - 20:55

Can Sheridan make it a dream return?

John Sheridan is a Sheffield Wednesday (8/11) legend, but on Wednesday he'll be hoping that the supporters that used to sing his name will be going home upset.

Chesterfield (15/4, the draw is 13/5) go into the game on the back of a quite remarkable match at the weekend, where they came back from 4-1 down to draw 5-5 with Crewe at their new b2net Stadium.

They're sure to still be buzzing from that phenomenal comeback, but Sheridan won't want any of the same defensive frailties to rear their ugly head again at Hillsborough.

It was their leaky defence that cost them a play-off place last season, when they let in a whopping 62 goals and fans will surely be getting concerned that that could be their downfall again this campaign.

They don't have problems at the other end of the field though, and their strikers will be hoping that they can give Wednesday something to think about.

While the Owls might be favourites for the match and indeed one of the favourites for the competition (6/1, Chesterfield are 25s) there's no doubt about it, at the minute they're struggling.

Some of the pressure has been lifted from Alan Irvine's shoulders following their 2-0 win over Notts County at the weekend, but before that they had gone five games without a win and could barely get a shot on target never mind score a goal.

When players with the experience of Neil Mellor (7/2 first goal) and Clinton Morrison (4/1) were signed in the summer, and key players such as Marcus Tudgay (9/2) and Tommy Spurr (40/1) were retained  you would've expected them to be banging in the goals at a canter, it hasn't worked out like that.

They started the season well, but before the County match they could only manage two goals in their winless run of five games, just like Nottingham Forest and Leeds United before them they're starting to realise that reputation gets you nowhere in this division.

They are the team that everyone wants to beat in the Johnstone's Paint Trophy too, and Chesterfield's fans would love nothing more than to dump their local rivals out in the early stages.

I think they can give Wednesday a really good game too, the Owls are likely to rotate it about a bit as their main aim is obviously promotion while Sheridan's team can just go out there and relax, the pressure isn't on them.

I like the look of Chesterfield in the draw no bet market at 12/5, the hosts are 3/10, or if you'd rather not get a void if it finishes level then Chesterfield or draw in the double chance looks good at 21/20.

Craig Davies (7/1 first goal) didn't exactly have the perfect debut for the Spireites as he was sent off in the clubs first game at their new stadium, however he's more than made up for that since then with five goals in his last eight games, and he's only suffered defeat in one match so far for his new team.

Drew Talbot will hope for some game time after a spell out injured, the former Wednesday player is 9/1 to bag the opener, while Danny Whitaker (14/1) will surely attract interest after his hat-trick at the weekend, he's a massive 150/1 to repeat that on Wednesday.

 

 
 
 

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