Owls promotion push is a lost cause

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THINGS continue to be pretty grim at both the Sheffield clubs. The Owls continue their slide down the table.

The Owls continue their slide down the table. We were 11/1 about them getting promoted last week and after their loss to Tranmere on Tuesday they are now 20/1 to go up. Some firms are still around 10/1, but sadly we think it’s pretty much a lost cause now. At least some of the optimists will be given a decent price. In fact we were forced to cut their price to be relegated from 33/1 to 20/1 following the defeat. For Owls fans it doesn’t bear thinking about but if they carry on losing they could well be in a relegation scrap. Anyway a trip to Birmingham City in the FA Cup on Saturday will take their mind off things. They are 5/1 to win and that is about right. The pitch at St Andrews is not in great shape and this should be a bit of a leveller so you can’t rule anything out. It is the FA Cup after all.

The Blades are not doing much better. Two draws at home mean they remain in the drop zone and they are now evens to be relegated and 8/11 to stay up. And boy, do they have an important game on Saturday. They travel to Selhurst Park to take on Crystal Palace, their relegation rivals and currently one place above them in the table. Sorry Blades fans, but I’m not confident that you’ll get anything from this match and at 6/5 Palace are a cracking bet. The arrival of Sam Vokes at Bramall Lane on loan though is interesting. He could well help their cause.

We’ll have to wait and see. By the way, Micky Adams is 11/4 to leave the Lane before the end of the season and 1/4 to stay in charge. Surely he can’t leave so soon...or can he?

In League Two Chesterfield are now evens to win the title and to be honest I wouldn’t be taking that. They are on a patchy run at the moment, and they haven’t won for some time. They should be ok to go up, but their form is a slight worry. Rotherham picked up three vital points on Tuesday and they are now 6/4 to go up. They entertain Shrewsbury on Saturday and I’d recommend that you take the 2/1 about the Shrews. They are in blinding form and have won their last four. It’s a big price and it’s the bet of the weekend.