Victor Chandler: Stand by for the battle of promotion candidates

Sheffield Wednesday Stock Pics....Gary Madine
Sheffield Wednesday Stock Pics....Gary Madine
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Only one place to start this week and that’s the top of Division 1 where The Blades entertain Charlton Athletic; the Addicks are two points clear at the top of the table.

The Blades were not at their best at Adams Park last weekend and will be chomping at the bit to put the record straight against the 2/1 market leaders for the title. The Blades are out to 7s from 11/2 with Victor Chandler after their defeat at Wycombe but are 13/10 favourites to take all three points at Bramall Lane with Charlton 2s and the draw 11/5.

The Blades are 2/1 to be promoted with the Addicks a shade of odds on at 4/5; spare a thought by the way for Charlton midfielder Danny Hollands; his partner gave birth to triplets earlier in the month!

Hartlepool play host to the Owls on Saturday on the back of a 100% record during September and the Pools have now won their last five on the bounce to send them to the dizzy heights of third place in the table.

They are unbeaten in four at Victoria Park and are 7/5 jollies to send the Owls packing with Wednesday 15/8 and the draw 11/5.

It is well documented that it is the home form which has kept Wednesday in a challenging position so far this term, but Gary Megson will be looking to build on the success at Yeovil when last on their travels and I think this is a game which the visitors should get something from.

Gary Madine has scored in those last two wins and is 5/1 to score first at the weekend; I think the Owls will nick it and fancy the visitors to win 2-1 which is a 9/1 chance.

The Owls are the same price as the Blades at both 7/1 for the Title and 2s for promotion. Hartlepool, despite their elevated position at this early stage of the campaign, are still 8s to go up and 33s for the Title; we are convinced their bubble will burst soon.

Wednesday fans will be hoping it is sooner rather than later.

Barnsley are unbeaten since mid August but they have yet to win in front of their home supporters; that said they will have few better opportunities this season than the visit of Coventry City on Saturday.

After the visit of Blackpool on Tuesday night the Sky Blues are just one place above the relegation zone and they looked very ordinary against Ipswich in their recent live encounter on Sky.

Make no mistake whatever the outcome of the midweek Championship games the visit of Coventry to Oakwell is considered a relegation battle even at this early stage of the season with Rovers ½ to be relegated, Coventry 11/10 and Barnsley 5/2. Three points and a first win at Oakwell for the Reds this term would ease any such fears.

The Reds are 23/20 for the visit of Coventry with the Sky Blues and the draw both priced at 23/10.

Dean Saunders was in charge for the first time as Rovers won their first game in 19 at the Keepmoat last weekend and they will be looking for their first point of the season away from home at London Road. Posh are a shade of odds on at 20/21 with Rovers 11/4.

If Liverpool leave both Charlie Adam and Jordan Henderson out of their starting line up for the Merseyside derby that should be enough to see the Reds land the points; how Dirk Kuyt can’t get a place in the starting line up is beyond me but Kenny Dalglish is likely to have both the Dutch international and Steven Gerrard back in the fold at Goodison and that should be enough to land the weekend nap.