Another good weekend of football has just passed for Sheffield and long may it continue!
Last week, I predicted both United and Wednesday would make it through to the next round of the cup and thankfully both managed this, although it wasn’t quite as simple as many had thought. United had to battle against Torquay United to win 3-2. Torquay went one up in the first half before three goals inside ten minutes during the second half looked to have all but sealed their place. However there were nerves when little Danny Stevens got one back in the 90th minute, to make for some uncomfortable viewing for home fans.
Two of United’s goals came from Ched Evans, the man who just cannot put a foot wrong at the moment. He is on such form that Blades fans must be worried about holding on to him in the January transfer window.
As the whistle blew, United were dreaming of a big tie, another chance to face the likes Man Utd or Chelsea but in fact drew...Blue Square Bet South side Salisbury City or Grimsby of the Blue Square Bet Premier. Not exactly what the players would have been looking for but surely an easy opportunity to make it into the fourth round.
There was less activity in Wednesday’s game again Aldershot, with the Owls pipping their League Two opponents 1-0. Ryan Lowe’s second half strike, his first for the team, was enough to take Megson’s men through to meet Championship high flyers West Ham at home.
A potentially mouth watering clash to get one over on Big Sam.
After yet another win, Wednesday’s attention turns back to their quest for automatic promotion in the league and a match away to Oldham Athletic.
Their opponents’ form has been nothing but indifferent this season and currently see themselves comfortable in mid-table with 26 points from 19 games.
I think this will be a much tougher test than Wednesday have faced in recent weeks and the odds for the game reflect that.
I have Oldham at 6/4 for the win, with the visitors as the outsiders (not by much though) at 8/5. With both teams not setting the goal scoring charts alight, a 0-0 at 12s is a good place to stick a few quid.
United, who trail Wednesday in the league, are home to Rochdale on Saturday, in what should be a comfortable home win. The visitors are one place off the relegation zone and with just one win in their last 11 games. However, they should be the fresher of the two teams after having a week off last weekend as a result of being knocked out in the first round by Bradford City.
I make United huge favourites for the game at 8/15, with their opponents a generous 9/2 to come away with a win. I fancy 2-0 or 3-0 to the Blades at 13/2 and 19/2 respectively.
The biggest game of the weekend has to be the huge Monday night game when Chelsea host top of the table Manchester City at Stamford Bridge. To tempt a few of you in, I have City at 2/1 to beat AVB’s men and on their recent form, that sounds like a pretty clever bet to me. If you’re looking to make some decent money on this game, my advice would be to chuck a tenner on Chelsea to be leading at half time but City to win the game. This bet is on offer at 28/1 on
www.victorchandler.com. I agree it’s unlucky but at home and needing a win, Chelsea will go all out but with City’s talent, they could pull it back late on.