Betting: Blades big odds to cause a shock

Dave Kitson celebrates after scoring at Oxford in the third round.
Dave Kitson celebrates after scoring at Oxford in the third round.
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SHEFFIELD United’s midweek league fixture at Bury failed to beat the weather which at least meant nothing impeded the build-up for the trip to Reading on Saturday in the fourth round of the FA Cup where they are 9/2 to cause what would be construed as a shock against the Premier League side who won at St James’s Park last weekend.

The Royals, likely to rotate their squad, are 13/20 with the draw at 31/10.

Danny Wilson will have left Meadow Lane cold and disappointed after drawing with 10-man Notts County. The Blades are out to 6/1 for the League One title and 13/8 for promotion at BetVictor but this was two points dropped rather than a point gained in their quest for Championship football. The draw, their 12th, leaves them eight points behind the Rovers of Tranmere and Doncaster.

A sub-zero Hillsborough saw Wednesday and Wolves play out a goalless draw at the weekend and the point saw the Owls maintain the three point cushion between themselves and the drop zone in the Championship.

Bristol City (7/4) entertain Ipswich on Saturday and if they don’t get a result then they are in danger of becoming marooned at the foot of the table.

The Owls travel to the Valley to meet a Charlton side who have won three of their last four in the Championship including an excellent 2-1 win at Ewood Park last weekend; Wednesday are 12/5 to gain all three points in the capital with the Addicks 6/5 and the draw 23/10.

The 3/1 co-favourites in our market to be top Wednesday goalscorer in the league are Gary Madine, Chris O’Grady and Michail Antonio all priced at 3/1 at BetVictor with Rodri 6s and 10/1 Bar.

Chris Powell has done an excellent job at the Club but I think the Owls will nick a point with a 1-1 scoreline priced at 6s.

Barnsley go to the KC Stadium in the 4th Round of the FA Cup looking to emulate the Owls who dented Hull’s promotion prospects with 3-1 win earlier in the month; the Tigers currently lie third in the Championship and a promotion push is likely to be their main priority. For the Reds, avoiding relegation dominates.

David Flitcroft’s side are 300/1 for the Cup and 9/2 to win in 90 minutes with the Tigers 7/10 and the draw at 14/5. Reds are 5/2 to make the fifth round - note this includes after a replay, extra-time and on penalties.

Doncaster’s comprehensive 2-0 win over Orient maintained their magnificent recent run of 16 points from the last 18 and they are the new 4/1 favourite at BetVictor for League One with Swindon 9/2 and co-leaders Tranmere still 6s.

Both our League Two sides have home games with Rotherham entertaining Bristol Rovers, currently bottom but showing some signs of improvement under John Ward; the Millers are 8/15 favourites with the Pirates 21/4 and the draw 33/10. The Millers are 8/11 to be promoted and 6s for the title although they slipped further away from the top three after Northampton’s midweek win at Aldershot.

Chesterfield face Southend at the Proact Stadium knowing a win will leapfrog the Spireites over the Shrimpers. Paul Cook’s side are 13/10 for the win with the visitors 21/10 and the draw at 12/5. The Spireites are 6/1 to be promoted and 6/5 to finish in the top seven at BetVictor. This is a game they cannot afford to lose and three points are more than desirable for the promotion push.