It was a good weekend to be in Sheffield last week after two solid wins for both Wednesday and United.
However, to be honest, neither performance was hugely spectacular but a win is a win. United won 1-0 at home to Carlisle through an early goal from Ched Evans, who continued his rich vein of form.
He was in amongst it again but failed to add to his or United’s tally, as did Richard Cresswell when he wasted his penalty in the 70th minute, the poor effort was tamely saved by Adam Collin between the sticks.
Maybe it was a case of not being happy with his current striking options but on Monday, Danny Wilson confirmed the club’s interest in re-signing striker James Beattie, who is now a free agent after leaving Rangers.
Beattie is a quality, proven striker scored 34 goals in 65 appearances for the Blades during a 17-month spell after arriving for £4million from Everton in August 2007.
Wednesday won by an equally tight margin on Saturday, pipping Tranmere 2-1. This feat was more impressive given that they went behind late in the first half but still managed to go in at the break on level terms through Chris Lines.
It was a case of right place at the right time for sub Ryan Lowe who scored a close range header in the 80th minute.
Megson is also looking at the transfer market and has moved quickly to secure Arsenal starlet Sanchez Watt on a loan deal that is set to run until January. He is a quality player with a top pedigree who will only add to the strength in depth of the current third-placed team.
The roles are reversed this weekend with Wednesday playing in the Steel City, at home to Leyton Orient and United away to struggling Chesterfield.
United go in to the game sitting comfortably at the top table. So far they have accrued to 32 points, winning nine games and scoring 32 goals, not bad after just 18 games so far in League One.
Their opponents on the other hand are sitting rock bottom with just three wins. Based on the golden rule that ‘the table never lies’, it won’t surprise you to know that I’ve made the Blades favourites for this tie, despite being the away side, at 17/20, compare with Chesterfield at a huge 11/4. I can’t see anything other than an away win but if you think United could falter on what looks to be a cold Saturday afternoon, you can get 14/1 on a 0-0 at www.victorchandler.com.
Wednesday face the opposition that United drew with at the Matchroom Stadium back in late October. However, after amassing almost double the points of their opponents the match seems to be Megson’s to lose, especially with Orient travelling on the back of two draws in the league.
Wednesday are odds on to record the victory at 8/13, showing my confidence in an expected home win.
Orient have gathered some away form after their disastrous start to the season and if you fancy a shock, chuck a few quid on a 2-1 win at 14’s.
All these odds and more are available from my website www.victorchandler.com.