Owls and Blades to bounce back after cup losses

Gentleman bookmaker Victor Chandler gives the inside track on local football
Gentleman bookmaker Victor Chandler gives the inside track on local football
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I was looking forward to writing about a giant killing, but sadly the two Sheffield clubs bit the dust against Premier League opposition in the Carling Cup. It was a shame but the experience should serve them well.

Anyway the race to get out of League One is far more interesting and both United and Wednesday have started reasonably well. I say reasonably well because the form of the Owls has been patchy. They did produce a good comeback to beat a useful Notts County side and they desperately need another home win on Saturday against Scunny. The reason is that their next two fixtures after the weekend are Charlton away and then MK Dons at home.

Now these two sides are on fire and it is going to be difficult to get points against them. If they were to lose then the gap between them and the top is beginning to expand. Gary Megson will not want to be swimming around in mid table at the end of September, he is going to want to be in the mix at the top.

So the Scunny game takes on an extra bit of significance. If they get three points then Charlton and MK Dons will not seem so daunting. They are 21/20 to win and that seems decent value to me. Scunny play Newcastle on Thursday in the Carling Cup and they could easily have a hangover from that on Saturday. The Blades travel to Yeovil and the evens for them doesn’t represent very good value. I’d much rather back Yeovil at 13/5. That is a little too big for a side at home. The promotion odds on the Blades by the way are now 7/4 with Wednesday at 2/1. It is 11/2 and 7/1 respectively to win the title. Chesterfield’s form continues to be a worry, and it has been a rude awakening for them in League One. We’ve had to cut John Sheridan’s price to be the first manager to go from 16/1 to 8/1. It would be rough on him if it was to happen, but football is a results business and Chesterfield aren’t getting any. Gary Megson is also 8/1 and again if the results don’t come then he runs the gauntlet like everyone else. Danny Wilson was 6/1 at the start of the season and is now 20/1. A lot of people might not have expected that! Bet of the week is Blackburn to beat Everton on Saturday at 9/4.