A good run of recent form has seen Sheffield Wednesday pushed out to 9/2 to be relegated from the Championship, amidst a seven-game unbeaten league streak.
Dave Jones’ charges desperately needed to find form, and that recent run that has included four wins has ensured they are five points clear of the drop zone with 13 games remaining.
However, it is Wednesday’s nearest upcoming fixtures that should ensure punters do not write them off as relegation candidates just yet.
After hosting play-off chasing Nottingham Forest, who are unbeaten in three under Billy Davies, the Hillsborough outfit next meet a Watford side that have won seven of their past nine Championship matches, including their last three.
A trip to Leicester follows that clash, for which the hosts will be full of confidence after winning the reverse fixture 2-0 earlier this term.
And Cardiff will represent the third top-six side in succession to face Wednesday in the aftermath of that tie.
Meanwhile, whilst recording a home triumph over Barnsley may have appeared a straightforward task only two months ago, the Tykes are now an entirely different proposition under new boss David Flitcroft.
Since his appointment, Barnsley have won eight of their past 10 games in all competitions, and may prove too tough to overcome in a Yorkshire derby at Hillsborough.
Therefore, it is difficult to envisage the Owls taking maximum points from any of the aforementioned games, and such a run can see them dragged right back into a relegation dogfight.
If that is the way Wednesday’s March fixtures play out, the 9/2 about them being relegated is certain to be long gone.
And whilst the Owls’ April fixtures look more favourable on paper, their record opposing bottom-half sides this season should not be overlooked.
Each of the seven teams Wednesday are set to face in April are currently in the lower half of the Championship, but Jones’ men have so far failed to win 11 of their 17 games against the league’s bottom 12 sides.
Considering all factors therefore, now looks the best time to back Sheffield Wednesday to be relegated from the Championship at 9/2.
All Odds and Markets are correct as of the date of publishing.