VICTOR CHANDLER: Gentleman bookmaker gives the betting lowdown

Victor Chandler: Betting lowdown.
Victor Chandler: Betting lowdown.
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Sheffield United took a huge step towards Championship football next term, moving four points clear of Sheffield Wednesday last weekend.

With the Owls unable to grab a late winner at Colchester and the Blades putting Orient to the sword, BetVictor now offer 1/12 United will be promoted this season. Wednesday are 13/8 but realistically they will have to win the play-offs to join their neighbours.

On paper United do appear to face a stern test this Saturday when they visit Stadium MK to face a Dons team settled comfortably in a play-off spot and, arguably, just waiting for the end of season competition to start. For the home club it’s really what position they will finish in and if they want to retain fourth then obviously a win is needed. Whether United will be content with a point knowing five points might be enough for second is open to debate but they will be aware that the pressure is on Wednesday to win their remaining three games.

Dons are 15/8 at BetVictor for maximum points with the draw 23/10 and Sheffield United 8/5. Ched Evans spared the bookmakers by not scoring the opener last week but still found the back of the net later and is catching 9/2 to bag first against the Dons. He is only 5/4 to do what he does most weeks though and score!

Five of the last six games featuring the Blades have seen over 2.5 goals scored and that outcome is 8/11. Those predicating a tight affair with two or fewer goals can have even money.

Hillsborough hosts a massive game when play-off chasing Carlisle visit. All Wednesday can do is keep on winning and hope United slip up but Carlisle need the points after losing at Stevenage in midweek, a result which has damaged their push for a top six finish. They are involved in a three-way battle with Notts County and Stevenage for the final play-off spot and are 19/4 to win with Wednesday 4/6 and the draw which does neither any good 11/4.

The Cumbrians’ failure to win any of the previous four games will probably ensure they don’t make the play-offs and its almost last chance saloon against Wednesday. The Owls were left to rue a disallowed injury time goal at Colchester and are going to have to stay focused if they do become involved in the play-offs.

Miguel Angel Llera kept up his goal scoring form, netting for a third game running and is 16/1 for first or last and 9/2 to score anytime.

Chesterfield made it two wins in a row when beating Hartlepool 2-1 at Victoria Park even though it looks like a case of too little too late regarding relegation. It must be very frustrating for manager John Sheridan as he had a squad of players that really should have stayed up especially when you consider their JPT heroics. They are sure to be among the early favourites for a quick return next season and BetVictor will have prices once this season’s play-offs are complete.

A wonderful weekend of racing over both codes and I expect a bold bid from Lie Forrit in the Scottish National at Ayr for Borders trainer William Amos and Top Offer represents the inform yard of Roger Charlton in the Greenham at Newbury and he can enhance his 2000 Guineas claims.

Other bookmakers were crowing about how good a result the Grand National was but our offer of ¼ odds first 6 came back to haunt when last year’s winner Ballabriggs finished in our extended place.