Betting: Blades have chance to arrest their slide

Blades' Michael Doyle and Crawley's ex-Owls winger Mike Jones
Blades' Michael Doyle and Crawley's ex-Owls winger Mike Jones
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October opened with Sheffield United bottom of League One, unthinkable for the size and stature of such a famous club, and manager David Weir watched his side lose their sixth successive game at Molineux last weekend.

The Blades have scored just the one goal in their last seven games in all competitions and they are now 7/1 to be relegated. Too good to go down? How many times have you heard pundits, fans and commentators say a team is too good to go down?

That said, United have a fantastic opportunity to arrest their current slide when they host Crawley tomorrow night at the start of a run of, on paper, four winnable fixtures.

The Blades are 7/5 at BetVictor for all three points. Crawley are 19/10 and the draw 12/5. United at half-time/full-time is 29/10 and their followers will hope this is the confidence booster the club needs.

Another mixed week for our local clubs in the Championship with Sheffield Wednesday boosted by the draw at Brighton just when they looked like getting that elusive first win of the season on Tuesday.

The Owls are 9/5 for the points with Ipswich 17/10 and the draw 23/10.

The Tractor Boys let go a 4-1 lead at Derby on Tuesday and, with Wednesday showing improvement at the Amex, the Hillsborough encounter is a game they must get something from.

Doncaster Rovers have plenty to smile having picked up three valuable points at Hillsborough before losing to the new Championship leaders and surprise package Burnley 2-0 at the Keepmoat on Tuesday. Federico Macheda didn’t score then but has already proving a hit with fans. His winner at Hillsborough was his third in his first two games after his loan move from Manchester United.

Doncaster are now even money in BetVictor’s ‘Top South Yorkshire Club’ market with Wednesday 5/4 and Barnsley 5/1.

Rovers entertain high-flyers Leicester City and are 11/4 to keep the points in South Yorkshire

Barnsley, although bouyed by a much improved display in the midweek 1-1 with Reading, ave the toughest task at QPR who are 9/20 with Barnsley 6/1 and 15/4 the draw. A 1-0 win for Barnsley is a whopping 20/1.

Rotherham are at Brentford who are evens with the Millers 29/10 and the draw 13/5.

Chesterfield go to Morecambe and are 13/10 to make amends for losing their unbeaten record.