Sheffield is a big fan of the FA Cup! Last weekend saw both halves of the city celebrating with Wednesday and United progressing to the second round, edging ever closer to the possibility of a glamour tie against one of the big boys.
United comfortably saw off Oxford United with a 3-0 win at Bramall Lane. Ched Evans scored twice within the first 19 minutes, and sub Ryan Flynn added to the score line in in 71st minute.
Wednesday came through a potentially sticky tie away to Morecombe with the 2-1 win. They looked comfortable in the first half and Chris Limes gave them a 1-0 half-time lead, which was doubled by Chris O’Grady after 52 minutes. The deficit was reduced with a cvontroversial penalty but the away team’s quality held firm and they left Lancashire with their pass to the second round.
After the drama and success in the FA Cup, the attention in Sheffield turns back to the league where Megson’s men sit third, four points ahead of United in fifth.
Wednesday face another tough away match, this time at Tranmere Rovers. Rovers are going through a poor run and are without a win in their last five games, including being knocked out of the FA Cup at home to Cheltenham Town.
Home advantage makles Tranmere slight favourites and Rovers are 13/8, with the Owls 7/4. But the best bet of the day would be a 0-0 draw at 10s.
Carlisle United, United’s opponents at Bramall Lane, are coming off the back of a big win against non-League Alfreton Town but average performances in the league with two draws.
The FA Cup apart United have had only one win in five, but I feel there will be lots of happy people streaming out of Bramall Lane come 5pm on Saturday and I’ve made the Blades odds on at 17/20 to pick up the win. I’m not predicting a rout but I think it’ll be a solid performance, perhaps with Wilson’s men winning both halves (4/1). For all of you who fancy a bit of a punt on Saturday’s game, you could do far worse than 3-1 at 11s on www.victorchandler.com.
The glamour tie of the weekend has to be Chelsea entertaining Liverpool.
Niether team can claim to be setting the Premier League alight at the moment - that accolade has to go to Mancini’s Man City - but given the history of the tie, it should be a great tussle.
I can’t see past the hosts but Liverpool have surprised us all before! For the sheer entertainment factor, I’m lumping my money on 3-2 Chelsea at 25/1.
All these odds and more are available on my website at www.victorchandler.com