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EFL Championship Matchday 23 Odds & Picks: Sheffield Wednesday vs Derby County; Millwall vs Coventry City; Swansea City vs Watford

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by John Dillon in Soccer

Dec 31, 2020 · 7:23 AM PST

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Millwall's Connor Mahoney, left, and Burnley's Charlie Taylor, right, challenge for the ball during the English League Cup soccer match between FC Millwall and Burnley in London, England, Wednesday, Sept. 23, 2020. (Andrew Couldridge/Pool Photo via AP)
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England’s EFL Championship continues its busy holiday spell with resurgent Derby County traveling to Sheffield Wednesday for a traditional New Year’s Day fixture.

Norwich City lead the table above Bournemouth and third-placed Swansea City.

See our preview of EFL Championship Matchday 23 here.

EFL Championship Matchday 23 Odds

Matchup Home Draw Away
Sheffield Wednesday vs Derby County +225 +200 +135
Wycombe Wanderers vs Middlesbrough +320 +225 -109
Huddersfield Town vs Reading +155 +215 +185
Millwall vs Coventry City -104 +205 +335
Luton Town vs QPR +125 +225 +215
Norwich City vs Barnsley -124 +260 +325
Brentford vs Bristol City -157 +275 +430
Swansea City vs Watford +170 +205 +175
Rotherham Utd vs Cardiff City +215 +230 +125
Preston North End vs Nottingham Forest +150 +210 +190
Birmingham City vs Blackburn Rovers +255 +225 +110
Stoke City vs Bournemouth +260 +230 +106

Odds taken from Draftkings on Dec 31

Pick 1: Sheffield Wednesday vs Derby County

Wayne Rooney has made an impressive start as temporary manager of Derby County and they will be in a buoyant mood at Sheffield Wednesday on Friday.

Derby has lost just once in eight games since former England striker Rooney took charge while seeking the manager’s job permanently.

They won 4-0 at Birmingham City on Tuesday in their best performance so far under Rooney’s command.

So they are well priced for a win at +135 at 12:30 pm ET, although Sheffield Wednesday were also successful following the sacking of manager Tony Pulis earlier this week.

With first-team coach Neil Thompson in interim charge, they were 2-1 winners at home against Middlesbrough on Tuesday – only their second win in 11 games.

When Wayne Rooney took sole charge, Derby were bottom of the table. Now they are 20th.

In 22nd place, Sheffield Wednesday are priced at +210 for a home win with the draw at +205.

When Rooney took sole charge, Derby were bottom of the table. Now they are 20th.

Firstly, he tightened up the defense – as shown by the fact there have been four draws in his eight matches.

The 4-0 thrashing of Birmingham was his third win and showed increasing confidence upfront.

Wednesday were 1-0 winners at home against Coventry City on December 19 in Pulis’s penultimate game in charge.

But the following 1-1 draw at Blackburn on December 26 meant there had been only one win in 10 games. So Pulis was fired.

Derby were 3-1 winners at Sheffield Wednesday last February.

Pick: Derby County +135

Pick 2: Millwall vs Coventry City

Millwall’s last two games were postponed because of a coronavirus outbreak and they could be a little ring-rusty at home against Coventry City at 10:00 am ET on Saturday.

Both teams have been unimpressive lately with Millwall in 16th place after no fewer than seven draws in their last 11 fixtures.

In 17th place, Coventry have drawn six of their last 11 games.

This makes the Draftkings’ offer of +205 for a draw this weekend appear surprisingly good value.

The oddsmakers seem somehow to be impressed by Millwall against the run of their stuttering recent form and make them -104 for a win at their HQ at The Den.

Coventry are priced at a wide +335.

Yet Millwall has won just once in the previous 12 games.

Significantly, Millwall have scored only seven times in their last 12 games.

There was a 1-1 draw at home against Nottingham Forest in the team’s most recent outing.

Significantly, Millwall have scored only seven times in their last 12 games.

Coventry’s last win was five games ago; a 2-1 success at struggling Wycombe Wanderers.

Since then they have lost twice and drawn twice with their most recent result a 2-0 defeat at Preston North End last Tuesday.

They have drawn three times on the road with only one win and seven defeats.

But Millwall’s home form is very poor with only one win, seven draws and two defeats.

There was a 2-0 win for Millwall at Coventry when these teams last met in February 2017.

Pick: Draw +205

Pick 3: Swansea City vs Watford

Swansea City have kept no fewer than 13 clean sheets in 22 Championship matches which has helped them claim third place.

They face a Watford team that is in fifth place – and has just scored a 1-0 home win against leaders Norwich City last Saturday.

With Swansea on a three-match unbeaten run and Watford having lost only once in the last four games, a tight battle looks in-store at 10:00 am ET on Saturday.

That makes DraftKings’ price of +205 for a draw look good value.

Swansea are at +170 for a win with Watford rated at +175.

Coach Steve Cooper’s Swansea side had enjoyed two straight wins heading into Wednesday’s home match against Reading.

Both these teams have very similar records which helps point towards a potential draw.

But despite dominating play they were held to a 0-0 draw.

Both these teams have very similar records which help point towards a potential draw.

After 22 games, Swansea have 11 wins, seven draws and four defeats.

Watford have played 21 times with 10 wins, seven draws and four defeats.

Home form has been particularly productive for Swansea with six wins, four draws and only one defeat.

On the road, Watford have not been so effective with only two wins, a significant five draws and three defeats.

When these teams met in September 2019, there was a 2-1 home win for Watford.

Pick: Draw +205

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