The Christmas season is nearly upon us and in football terms, that means one thing - a plethora of games up and down the country to enjoy after all that food!
December is certainly not the favourite time for football managers as games come thick and fast and if your squad isn’t up for it, it’s the time when you could fall away from the pack or drop in to a relegation battle.
The latter certainly shouldn’t be the case for the Sheffield teams as recent form has been fantastic but the real hard work starts now.
Recently, I’ve been commenting on win after win after win for the Owls and Blades so let’s start where we left off.
Sheffield United made it six wins on the trot when winning 2-0 at Bournemouth. It wasn’t a vintage performance, with both goals coming via opposing players. Mr ‘on fire’ himself, Ched Evans, was heavily involved in both efforts.
The other side of Sheffield witnessed one of the very best games of the season at Hillsborough when Megson’s men drew 4-4 with Huddersfield. The visitors went two up inside 20 minutes through two goals by Jordan Rhodes, who Megson described as “the best striker outside the Premiership” at the end.
However, the next 55 minutes were dominated by the Owls, who went 4-2 up after goals from Jones, Johnson, Marshall and O’Grady beforwe Rhodes completed his foursome.
It would be no surprise to see Rhodes snapped up in the January transfer window by any club looking for a little fire power to propel them towards Europe,or away from relegation in the business end of the season.
On Boxing Day Wednesday visit Walsall, a team languishing at the foot of the table even though they are unbeaten in six, a run that includes five draws.
I have Wednesday as odds on to start their winning run of form again at 17/20, with the home side on offer for a potentially tasty 3/1.
United have an extra day’s rest as they meet Notts County on the 27th, a game which is live on Sky.
A lot of people expected County to be challenging for automatic promotion at the start of the season but they are a disappointing ninth, 17 points off leaders Charlon.
Martin Allen’s team have lost their last two league games and I fancy this trend to continue. Danny Wilson’s team are odds-on at 7/10 to win at Bramall Lane, with County almost as much as 4s (15/4) to add some misery to United’s festive period.
Merry Christmas from us all at Victor Chandler and remember all these odds and many more are available at my website, www.victorchandler.com.