Unbeaten Sheffield United travel to Scunthorpe at the weekend and look banker material at 19/20 given their hosts have yet to pick up a point so far this season although they can still be backed at 5/2 with BetVictor to be playing in League 2 next term.
The Blades are 4/1 favourites (from 5s) for the title after their five goals against Bournemouth with MK Dons 9/2, Swindon 6s and Notts, Preston and Crawley all at 12/1. Brentford’s Clayton Donaldson (4) is 12/1 favourite to be leading goalscorer in the division with Blades’ pair Nick Blackman (2) 16s and John Cofie (2) 22/1.
Sheffield Wednesday may have lost their unbeaten record under Dave Jones at Selhurst Park last weekend but they will have the opportunity to go to the top of the Championship table next Friday evening when they meet a progressive Brighton side at the Amex in what promises to be a terrific advert for the division.
The Owls are 16/5 to travel back from the south coast looking down on the rest of the division with all three points with the Seagulls 10/11 and the draw 13/5.
Rotherham travel to the Potteries this weekend to meet a Port Vale side who would leapfrog the Millers if they got the points at Vale Park; Vale were held at home by Torquay last weekend and given their home win was against Barnet last month I think this is a game that Rotherham should get all three points.
The Millers are 31/20 for the game at BetVictor and that looks a decent price, despite their loss to York midweek in the JPT. After their thrashing of an in-form Bradford at the New York Stadium last weekend; Steve Evans knows that one point from two games on their travels isn’t the start the title favourites were looking for but I would be disappointed if they weren’t able to return north with all three points. Vale are 7/4 for the win with the draw at 5/2.
Holders Chesterfield gained a belated first win of the campaign at home to Oldham midweek and let’s hope they can kick on after their come from behind success in the JPT.
At the time of writing Brian Laws remains 11/10 favourite to be the next permanent manager of the Spireites with Sean Dyche 5/2 and caretaker Tommy Wright 8s; Wright looks likely to be still in charge at Bootham Crescent on Saturday when Chesterfield visit a York side who have made an encouraging start to the season climaxed by their 1-0 win against the Millers on Tuesday.
York have won their last three in all competitions and are 11/8 to maintain that winning run with the Spireites 19/10 and the draw 13/5; Chesterfield have drawn three of their four league games so far this term and it would be no surprise to see that sequence continue at the weekend.
England meet Moldova on Friday night in their first World Cup qualifier before entertaining Ukraine on Tuesday at Wembley and the Three Lions could hardly have hand-picked an easier group. Roy Hodgson’s men are 1/3 to top the group, 3/10 to win in Moldova and 11/10 to pick up all six points from their two WC fixtures over the next week.
Ukraine were, arguably, unlucky not to get at least a draw in Kiev in the summer but they don’t travel very well and I would be surprised if the Three Lions don’t get a maximum six points from their opening two games.