Go with Clough for a Shrewd victory

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Sheffield United produced another giant-killing performance in the FA Cup this week with the scalp of Fulham, Shaun Miller’s 119th minute header seeing the Blades progress in the most dramatic of fashion.

Nigel Clough’s side are now in the fifth round and who can say the Blades won’t continuetheir cup exploits?

The Blades were cut to 200/1 from 250/1 with BetVictor to go all the way and lift the Cup. However they remain in the relegation places of League One and avoiding the drop will surely be Nigel Clough’s main aim for the season; 2/9 for a bottom half finish and 5/1 to go down with BetVictor.

But why can’t they do in in the league? Saturday saw Clough’s side lose 3-0 at Crewe Alexandra, the poorest defence in the league. That defeat moved them to second bottom and just a point above Stevenage Boro who remain rooted to the foot of the table. United do have two games in hand however and host both Shrewsbury and Brentford at Bramall Lane inside four days, starting with the Shrews’ arrival on Saturday.

Brentford remain 6/4 favourites for the title and will be dangerous but the arrival of Shrewsbury looks a fantastic opportunity to climb out of the relegation places; Sheffield United 8/11 favourites, the Shrews 9/2 and 11/4 the draw with BetVictor.

Shrewsbury scored a last minute equaliser to end a run of four straight defeats against top of the table Brentford but their defence looks especially susceptible, conceding three goals in their last two away from home and a Blades 3-1 win looks the value at 16/1 with BetVictor.

Rotherham beat early pacesetters Leyton Orient 2-1 at the New York Stadium on Saturday; The O’s 4/7 on for promotion but were no match for Steve Evans’ side with Alex Revell ensuring all the Millers took all three points with a last minute winner. Rotherham remain in good form and should transfer that to the Colchester Community Stadium, Rotherham 21/20 favourites with BetVictor, The U’s 21/20 and the draw 5/2.

In the Championship Sheffield Wednesday sank Barnsley hearts with a 97th minute winner in last Saturday’s South Yorkshire derby at Hillsborough; Chris Maguire scoring with the very last kick of the game. To say the match was feisty would be an understatement, Emmanuel Frimpong was sent off just 30 minutes into his Reds debut; one of three red cards produced by referee Andre Marriner.

The result sees Wednesday extend their unbeaten run to 10 in all competitions and Stuart Gray looks to be doing enough to save the Owls from relegation. The same cannot be said about Barnsley however, they remain 1/3 on to go down with BetVictor and manager Danny Wilson needs to transfer performances into results.

Wednesday’s streak is put to the test with a trip to Reading on Saturday before hosting Wigan on Tuesday night. Reading look a side revitalised, winning their last two at the Madjeski, beating Bolton 7-1 and Blackpool 5-1, and because of that BetVictor make Reading 20/23 favourites, Wednesday 18/5 and the draw 5/2.

Barnsley bid to bounce back against Ipswich Town, Mick McCarthy’s side ending a winless run of eight with a 1-0 defeat of Bolton at Portman Road. It wasn’t pretty however and they needed a second half penalty to take home all three points.Barnsley are 85/40, Ipswich 6/4 and the draw 23/10.

Doncaster Rovers battled to a goalless draw with a Middlesbrough side on the cusp of the play-offs and that point saw them move five points clear of the relegation zone and unbeaten in their last four with Brighton next on the horizon.

The Seagulls are challenging for the final play-off spot but have lost Ashley Barnes and Andrew Crofts and struggle for goals, stuttering to a 2-0 loss at Watford last week and drawing a blank in three of their last four.

Brighton are 11/20 favourites with BetVictor, Rovers 13/2 and the draw 3/1. However with Rovers battling out to a goalless draw against Boro and with three clean sheets in their last four it is hoped they can nick another result at The Amex. The 0-0 correct score could give punters a run for their money at 10/1.

Chesterfield moved three points clear at the top of League Two with at 3-1 defeat of Bristol Rovers at the weekend and a near perfect week was completed with the Spireites beating promotion rivals Fleetwood Town 3-1 in the first leg of the northern area final of the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy.

BetVictor make Paul Cook’s men 11/8 favourites to be League Two champions, 11/8 favourites for the Johnstone’s Paint Trophy and 1/8 on to be playing League One football next season. This is no time to be resting on their laurels however with a trip to Scunthorpe United on Saturday; the Iron second in League Two and on an unbeaten run of 13 - keeping six clean sheets in their last seven games.

BetVictor make Chesterfield 9/5, Scunthorpe 7/4 and the draw at 23/10.

For all the latest odds go to BetVictor.com