THE BETTING LOWDOWN: Don’t bet against Evans scoring again at the Lane

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Four games to go and both Sheffield clubs continue to battle it out for the one automatic promotion spot behind Champions-elect Charlton.

It will be a shame if both don’t eventually go up as they’ve both been in terrific form of late and are well clear of the chasing pack.

It’s advantage United after a brace from on fire striker Ched Evans saw them hammer Rochdale and go two points clear of Wednesday.

Evans has been the scourge of bookmakers this term and those backing him to score anytime have been in clover all season.

Charlton may only need two more wins to claim the title and with Wycombe and Hartlepool still to visit The Valley it looks highly likely the Addicks will be celebrating in early May. They are 1/25 at Betvictor with United 8/1 and Wednesday 20/1.

The Blades are 1/3 for promotion with the Owls 4/6 and obviously one of our clubs will be promoted automatically with the other having a second chance in the play-offs.

United will be confident of another three points at Bramall Lane this Saturday when struggling Leyton Orient visit. The ‘O’s are desperate for points to avoid relegation after a dreadful run which has seen them plummet towards League Two. They are 17/2 for an unlikely win with the draw 4/1 and a home win 4/11.

BetVictor are taking no chances with Evans this week and he is quoted at only 11/4 to score first; the shortest price we have quoted him all season. He is 6/10 to bag anytime but such is his popularity with punters that we expect to lay him even at those prices.

Sheffield Wednesday look to have a stiffer task than their neighbours when they go to Colchester. However, the ‘U’s, who sit comfortably in 10th place in the table, are in poor form and their last win came 11 games ago when they defeated Preston 3-0 at the Community Stadium.

They do tend to draw plenty, however, and the Blades had to settle for a point there recently. Punters will feel even money is a fair price for a team in cracking form chasing promotion and we expect to see one way business on this game. Colchester are 11/4 with the draw 12/5.

The Owls have been sharing the goals about this season and defender Miguel Llera, who has opened the scoring in the last two games, is 20/1 to repeat the feat and 11/2 to score at anytime.

Chesterfield will look back on this season with mixed feelings but would surely have swopped Johnstone’s Paint success for League One survival. They did at least give the faithful something to cheer when thrashing Wycombe 4-0 on Monday but it is very much a case of too little too late for the Spireites.

They are 3/1 to win again at Hartlepool this weekend with a draw 5/2 and Pool 10/11. The Monkey Hangers will be pleased to have avoided any relegation battles but have spent most of the season in mid table without ever threatening a play-off push.

Last year we broke new ground and were the only bookmaker offering quarter odds first six on the Grand National (4.15) and the favourite The Midnight Club finished sixth and it cost us a small fortune.

The brains trust (a small select group believe me) at BetVictor have decided on a similar offer this year. We are quarter odds first six on the world’s greatest horserace from the 48-hour declaration stage on Thursday and as well as going to betvictor.com you can bet via your mobile; www.betvictor.mobi