Owls of Joy for the Wednesday Boys?
Table topping Sheffield Wednesday have adjusted to life in League 1 with ease after taking ten points from their first four games in English football's third tier. After demolishing Hartlepool 5-0 in their last away fixture the Owls now head to Griffin Park to face Brentford.
Brentford (12/5) haven't enjoyed as successful a start to the season as their northern counterparts, losing three of their four league games to date. Despite such a lacklustre beginning to the campaign the Bees have already stung Championship side Hull City in the League Cup and won't lie down and surrender come Sunday lunchtime.
Wednesday (23/20) are playing at this level for the first time in five years and for only the eighth season in the club's history. There has been no relegation hangover for Alan Irvine's men who have been cut to 7/2 in the League 1 Outright market.
Bees manager Andy Scott will be boosted by the return of Charlie MacDonald, last season's top scorer missed the Tuesday night's win against Stevenage with a tight hamstring. Another player expected to return is the experienced Gary Alexander. Brentford will need all of his know-how to break down a hitherto superb Wednesday defence that has conceded only the solitary goal in five matches.
The pride of the Steel City are expected to revert to the same eleven that started against Hartlepool last weekend with Chris Sedgewick likely to overcome a slight groin injury that he picked up in midweek's JPT victory over Notts County. James O'Connor will be pushing for a recall though after notching twice in that game.
I would expect Alan Irvine to send his players out with the intention o putting on a fine display in front of the Sky cameras. The last time the national public saw Wednesday was their final game of the season relegation at the hands of Crystal Palace in May.
I am fully expecting the Owls to take all three points back up the M1 with them and a scoreline of 3-0 (20/1) is not out of the question.
Wednesday have scored in the first half of all three of their victories and a goal in the first 45 minutes for the men in blue and white can be backed at 21/20, compared to 11/8 for Brentford.
Who will score that first goal is a question with a few possible answers. The Owls had four different scorers against Hartlepool and any of Neil Mellor (5/1), Clinton Morrison ( 6/1), Marcus Tudgay (5/1) and Giles Coke (10/1) will be in contention to break the deadlock in the capital.
The aforementioned Charlie MacDonald (6/1) and Gary Alexander (7/1) carry the Brentford attacking threat and are the most likely to trouble the Wednesday keeper Nicky Weaver.