Victor Chandler: Sheffield United and Rotherham backed to continue winning ways

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Sheffield United reached the semi-finals of the FA Cup for the first time since 1993 thanks to a 2-0 defeat of Charlton in a memorable afternoon at Bramall Lane.

Nigel Clough dedicated the win to the players and the fans with the Blades cut to 14/1 to lift the trophy (Arsenal the 4/9 favourites) with BetVictor and who would put it past them, having now racked up 10 wins on the spin.

United travel to Wembley for a cup semi-final with Hull City on Sunday 13th April and are 9/2 outsiders against the Premier League opposition who are the 3/5 favourites and 29/10 that the game needs extra time.

Nigel Clough takes his men to Preston on Monday night bidding to continue United’s fine form and they are 13/5 to leave Deepdale with all three points, the Lillywhites 23/20 and 12/5 the draw. In the form that the Blades are in, who would go against them?

Rotherham continue to impress in League One, now unbeaten in their last eleven games and winning six of their last eight. With Brentford, Orient and Wolves challenging for the automatic promotion spots they may have to settle for a play-off spot however but there will be no resting on their laurels when Walsall arrive at the New York Stadium on Saturday.

Steve Evans’ side can pour more misery on The Saddlers, who were turned over 3-0 in a Midlands derby last week and Rotherham are deserved 20/23 favourites with BetVictor, Walsall 17/5 and the draw 13/5.

The Millers have won two of their last three games to nil and look a fair price at 11/5 to beat the Saddlers without conceding and a repeat of the 2-0 defeat of Oldham in midweek is 17/2 with BetVictor.

Doncaster Rovers turned over Huddersfield 2-0 in a pulsating Yorkshire derby at the Keepmoat last Saturday and followed up with an even better win midweek by defeating high-flying Watford 2-1 to seal back-to-back victories in the championship for the first time this season.

BetVictor eased Donny to 11/8 to go down after the defeat of the Terriers and pushed them out further after taking three points off the Hornets; 2/1 to be relegated and more likely than not to preserve their Championship status.

Rovers are 6/1 when travelling to an out of sorts Nottingham Forest side at the weekend; Forest 8/15 favourites with BetVictor and the draw 3/1 however given their form, aren’t Billy Davies’ side a bit short?

Forest were eased to 4/7 for a top six finish and 6/1 for promotion after recent slip-ups with three straight defeats against Burnley, Wigan and Barnsley before drawing 1-1 midweek away at struggling Middlesbrough.

Forest are without a win in their last six and it is hoped that Paul Dickov’s side that can leave with a point at the very least and are fancied at 17/4 in the draw no bet market.

If Rovers are to sneak all three points, they will have likely faced a barrage in front of goal and Donny look a massive price at 12/1 in the ‘win and both teams to score’ market – BetVictor severely underestimating the mighty Rovers!

Barnsley were far from disgraced losing 3-0 to Champions elect Leicester City at Oakwell in midweek and the defeat of Nottingham Forest at the weekend will surely see the Tykes go to Watford at the weekend with something of a chance.

BetVictor make Watford the 8/13 favourites, Barnsley 21/4 and the draw 14/5 however the Hornets were turned over, as we mentioned, by Doncaster on Tuesday night and appear vulnerable.

Watford have won just one of their last four, including losing at Bolton and playing out a goalless draw with bottom of the table Yeovil; take Danny Wilson’s men to edge it by the solitary goal at 16/1 with BetVictor.

Sheffield Wednesday slipped up at Huish Park losing 2-0 to bottom of the table Yeovil, Ishmael Miller scoring both goals to extend the Glovers’ unbeaten run to five games.

A midweek trip to Wigan aside, they should be too strong for Birmingham at the weekend and are the deserving favourites. BetVictor make the Owls 6/5 favourites, Lee Clark’s Birmingham 13/5 and the draw 12/5.

With FA Cup distractions over Stuart Gray’s side can return to winning ways with the 2-0 correct score fancied at 10/1.

Chesterfield slipped up yet again in League Two, drawing away at AFC Wimbledon and are now three games without a win after losing 3-1 at Accrington Stanley at the weekend. They remain a point clear at the top of the table due to all teams around them making similar hiccups and will need to be on the ball for the arrival of Oxford United at the weekend.

The U’s are currently in 6th and despite being winless in their last five and are 11/4 outsiders with BetVictor for promotion. They are the underdogs when arriving at the Proact Stadium; Chesterfield the ¾ favourites, Oxford 4/1 and the draw 11/4.

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