Victor Chandler: Sheffield United favourites to book Wembley spot

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Sheffield United took their winning run to eight when two second half goals were enough to see off fellow promotion hopefuls Peterborough at Bramall Lane midweek and the Blades are now “just” eight points off the play-off zone and into 16/1 at BetVictor to be promoted.

Whatever happens between now and the end of this extraordinary topsy-turvy season for United these are exciting times at the Lane and, hopefully, the best is yet to come!

Nigel Clough’s side are 90 minutes from Wembley as they entertain Championship side Charlton Athletic in the Quarter Final of the FA Cup on Sunday; United are 66/1 to lift the trophy and 5/4 favourites for the visit of the Addicks’ on Saturday with Charlton 12/5 and the draw 23/10 but, as the odds suggest, BetVictor fancy the Blades to do what Wednesday couldn’t and see off the London Club.

Charlton have lost four of their last five in the League and should be no match for the Blades, despite their Championship status.

Conor Coady netted in the 3-1 defeat of Nottingham Forest in the 5th round and looks the value at 10/1 to open the scoring on Sunday. The Liverpool loanee is similarly 19/5 to score anytime and 12/1 to be awarded the man of the match with BetVictor.

Across the City, Sheffield Wednesday returned to winning ways with a hard-fought 1-0 defeat of misfiring Middlesbrough at Hillsborough; Aitor Karanka’s men now seven games without a single goal, firing more blanks than the TA!

Stuart Gray takes his side to Huish Park to face bottom of the table Yeovil, who miraculously nicked a point at Reading, despite being down to EIGHT men. Yes, you read that correctly.

With three men suspended BetVictor make Wednesday the 29/20 favourites, Yeovil 2/1 and the draw 9/4. Despite the slight dip in form of late, the Owls can return to winning ways at the expense of the Glovers.

There was woe for the other South-Yorkshire sides in the Championship with both Barnsley and Doncaster losing 5-0 at the weekend, when it rains it pours!

Barnsley went down 5-0 at Huddersfield as Nakhi Wells terrorised the Tykes, making four goals in a pulsating Yorkshire derby, bumping into the Terriers in terrific form at the John Smiths Stadium. Barnsley can turn things around with Leicester and Nottingham Forest coming to Oakwell in the space of four days, a huge week for the club with Danny Wilson’s side slipping to the bottom of the table.

BetVictor make Forest the 23/20 favourites upon their arrival on Saturday, Barnsley 5/2 and the draw 12/5 however Billy Davies’ side were thrashed 4-1 at home to Wigan at the weekend and must be taken on at the prices.

Barnsley turned over Millwall at Oakwell on their last visit and can do a number on Forest with manager Billy Davies serving the first of a five match touchline ban. A Tykes half time/full time win in the double result market looks the value, 5/1 with BetVictor.

If Barnsley could have been excused at the Terriers there was little by way of excuse for Doncaster’s wretched performance at Bournemouth, Yaan Kermorgant hat-trick helping to thump Rovers and manager Paul Dickov understandingly seething with his side’s efforts.

Donny will be keeping their fingers crossed that Huddersfield’s defeat of Barnsley was a one off as they visit the Keepmoat at the weekend; Donny 23/10 underdogs with BetVictor, Huddersfield 13/10 and the draw 11/5.

Rotherham thrashed Notts County 6-0 at the New York Stadium at the weekend but couldn’t break down a resilient Colchester midweek although the goalless draw was enough to extend the Millers unbeaten run to 10 in the League. They remain 9/4 to be playing Championship football next season.

Chesterfield were another of our local sides held to a goalless draw against Portsmouth on Monday night and were, indeed, slightly fortunate to take a point from Pompey on a disappointing evening for Paul Cook’s side.

The Spireites are now two points clear at the top of the table after Scunthorpe conceded late to draw 2-2 away at Bristol Rovers and Oxford and Fleetwood similarly disappointing at the weekend. Chesterfield remain the 6/5 favourites for the Title with BetVictor with Rochdale their nearest dangers having beaten The U’s at Spotland, 9/4 second favourites, Scunthorpe 11/4 and 20/1 Bar.

Next up a trip to Accrington Stanley and BetVictor make the Spireites 20/23 favourites, Accrington 16/5 and the draw 13/5. I know Paul Cook will want his old Club to retain their League status at the end of the season but there is no room for sentiment on Saturday and this is a game they must target maximum points.

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