I must express my sadness at the death of Gary Speed. ‘Speedo’was a legend in the game and will be forever remembered fondly as a combative, hard working, quality midfielder who went on to turn around the fortunes of his beloved Wales as manager. He will be sorely missed.
Gary is synonymous with Sheffield due to his time at the twilight of his career with United as both a player and later as a coach. In spite of injuries, he still made 37 appearances for the Blades, scoring six times. It will be a painful time for United supporters and I’m sure their team will do them proud in his honour.
This week our attentions return to the FA Cup just a couple of weeks since both Sheffield teams cleared the first hurdle.
The rewards are home ties against League Two Torquay United for United and Aldershot Town for Wednesday.
Both sides go into the ties on the back of nervy1-0 wins, a familiar theme this year which is surely leading to the Sheffield public walking around with no fingernails!
United scraped in away to Chesterfield with a goal from none other than Mr. Prolific himself, Ched Evans.
He is on top form at the moment and if he keeps it up, United can challenge Wednesday for those top spots.
Wednesday came out of the Leyton Orient game with all three points and preserved their unbeaten home record thanks to Reda Johnson’s header which pushed the Owls up to second in the league.
The FA Cup second round provides one of the biggest games of the season for lower league teams. Everyone is already thinking about who they could draw as a glamour tie in the third round when the Premiership teams enter. However, despite both Sheffield teams facing teams from the lower leagues, they need to be wary of complacency as both teams have the ability to cause a shock.
The South-West’s finest, Torquay United, visit Bramall Lane confident of an upset.
However, I’m not so sure. It’ll be really tough for them to steal United’s place in round three and I have Torquay at 6s, with a home win on the cards at 8/15.
I have similar odds for the other tie in Sheffield. The Owls are big favourites at 1/2, with Aldershot coming in at 13/2. I think this game will be much more of a formality than United’s game against the Gulls and fancy 3-0 at 8/1.
Odds available at www.victorchandler.com.