United’s home form can lead them to promotion

editorial image
0
Have your say

As expected Sheffield United picked up an easy three points last weekend and in the process accumulated 23 shots and 70 percent possession. To say that Wycombe came to park the bus would be an understatement!

A tremendous week for the Blades with a comfortable home success against Wycombe followed by victory in the Yorkshire derby at Huddersfield on Tuesday. An early Neill Collins goal secured success in what could prove to be a pivotal night, with the gap between United and Huddersfield now four points with a Blades’ game in hand.

Danny Wilson’s side have now won four of their last five in the league and that runs has seen their odds shorten to 8/13 for promotion and 11/2 for the title at BetVictor although Charlton remain eight points clear and in the driving seat. These are exciting times at Bramall Lane and if they win their games in hand there is clear water in the hunt for that second automatic promotion place as a minimum.

Eleven home wins at Bramall Lane is the best record in the division and the visit of Preston on Saturday should hold no fears despite North End’s 1-0 midweek victory over Hartlepool. A home win is 8/13 with the draw 13/5 and the Lilywhites 9/2. It might pay to wait for the team sheet before placing a wager on the first goalscorer but Ched Evans and Will Hoskins are 4/1 and 9/2 respectively and whoever starts will certainly fancy their chances of finding the net.

It was a long journey back from Devon for Wednesday fans last Saturday after a disappointing loss to Exeter.Two stunning free kicks ultimately undid the Owls and Tuesday’s home defeat to Stevenage did little to lift the gloom. Wednesday are now out to 12/1 for the title, which looks unlikely, and 5/4 for promotion which is still very much on the cards with a place in the playoffs, seemingly, assured with a current 11 point lead over seventh placed Carlisle.

It should be a cracking atmosphere at Chesterfield with a full house expected and Owls fans quickly snapping up their 2,700 tickets. Whether punters will see Even money for Wednesday a good opportunity to cover the day’s expenses is open to debate but, with the Spireites battling relegation, the draw at 9/4 looks the value with a home win 13/5.

Gary Madine has failed to score since the home draw with Hartlepool and betvictor.com are dangling a top price 11/2 for him to open the scoring and 6/4 to score any time.

Leaders Charlton are a shade of odds on at 20/21 for their trip to Prenton Park to meet a Tranmere side who continue to struggle despite their valuable draw at Carlisle on Valentines Day; anything other than an Addicks win would be warmly received in South Yorkshire.

The fifth Round of the FA Cup is the weekend highlight and the draw has been kind to the Premier League elite with Chelsea, Liverpool and Spurs all long odds on favourites to make the last eight. Andre Villas-Boas has been backed to be the next Premier manager to lose/leave his job and is now 7/4. When you consider Harry Redknapp (5/2 to be next PL manager to leave) looks sure to take up the England job, punters are suggesting AVB is a dead man walking if they lose to Birmingham.