Blades must keep up their home record against ‘Boro

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It’s looking increasingly grim for the Blades after their tame loss to Champions elect QPR on Monday night.

Preston North End’s defeat at Reading on Tuesday helped but things look pretty grim and they are 1/8 to go down.

If there is to be a great escape it must start on Saturday at Bramall Lane when they entertain a Middlesbrough side unbeaten in four but who have also had a very disappointing season.

That said they are currently 10 points and four points above United.

Home wins against Nottingham Forest and Leeds United have given Micky Adams’ side some hope and they must look to get maximum points from their last four home games.

The Blades who have not lost at home to ‘Boro since 1988, are 11/8 to make it three home wins on the spin with a draw at 9/4 and an away win at 2/1.

Only Scunthorpe have scored fewer goals at home than the Blades and a 1-0 home win is 6/1.

Sheffield Wednesday eased any lingering relegation fears with their midweek thumping of hapless Tranmere who are 11/4 themselves for the drop.

It is The Owls’ turn to travel to top of the league opposition this weekend with a visit to title chasing Brighton (8/15) and they are 5/1 to return from the south coast with the points.

This would be a famous but improbable double but confidence will have been boosted by Tuesday’s emphatic victory and you just ever know...

The Grand National remains the greatest horse race in the world and we will be betting ¼ odds first 6 from Friday pm. I think the key to the race could be the Bobbyjo Chase at Fairyhouse back in February.

The Midnight Club beat stablemate Arbor Supreme and Oscar Time.

All three are in the 40-strong field and I just favour the latter ridden by dentist-cum-jockey Sam Waley-Cohen bidding to become the first amateur since 1990 to ride the winner and the first since Jim Culloty in 2001 to ride the winners of the Gold Cup & Grand National in the same season.