Only one place to start this weekend with the 126th Steel City Derby at Bramall Lane for Sunday’s High Noon kick off.
With the Blades having no fixture last weekend they go into the fixture five points behind the Owls. But our odds compilers are firmly with Danny Wilson’s side and are Evens (from 5/4) with Victor Chandler. Gary Megson’s team, chasing their fifth win on the spin, are 5/2 and the draw at 23/10.
We have enhanced doubles on whether or not you think either club will do the double this season and bet: Blades to do the double: 11/2. Owls to do the double: 8/1. Both games to end in a draw: 19/2.
Blades’ strikers Chris Porter and Ched Evans are 5/1 favourites to open the scoring with in-form Owls hitman Gary Madine at 11/2; Porter and Evans are 13/8 to score at any time and Madine is 7/4 to net his 11th goal in 10 games.
A single goal win for the Blades is 13/2, but the most popular scoreline has been a share of the spoils with a 1-1 draw backed at 11/2. If you think there will be goals on Sunday we bet 4/6 that both sides hit the back of the net and 11/10 that at least one of the clubs draws a blank.
This is one of the most feisty derbies in the calendar and we are only betting 5/2 that there is a red card!
Rovers are in action tomorrow night when they host Leeds. The Whites are having a good unbeaten run in the league since the end of September and a win at the Keepmoat will take them into the play-off places. Leeds are favourites with Victor Chandler for the game at 5/4 with Rovers 2s and the draw 5/2. I can see it being another tight affair; we make a 1-1 draw a 6/1 chance.
If you believe both teams will score (the fixture at Elland Road finished 5-2 last term) we’re offering 8/11 with one or more of the sides failing to hit the back of the net an Even money shot.
Barnsley are at Portsmouth on Saturday evening; the Reds are unbeaten in their last seven but Pompey have also hit a bit of form in recent weeks although they remain just two points above the drop zone. Keith Hill’s side are 3/1 outsiders to win with Pompey a shade of odds on at 20/21 and the draw at 23/10 with victorchandler.com. Another draw wouldn’t be the worst of results for the Reds but I can see them winning by the odd goal in three which is a 12/1 shot.
The Millers need to find their form or all their good work from the early weeks of the season will count for nothing and their first half showing against Burton last weekend was a concern.
They too are in action tomorrow when they travel to the West Country to meet a Bristol Rovers side who have also lost their last couple of games and will be anxious to arrest their own current slide.
Rovers are 11/8 (from 6/4) with the Millers on the drift out to 15/8 with the draw at 23/10. Andy Scott’s side improved in the second half against the Brewers last time but will need more of the same to avoid a fourth straight defeat. The Millers are out to 7/2 for promotion but Rovers are also thought capable of better and are 11/2.
Chesterfield host Notts County and are 6/4 (from 13/8) to return to winning ways with the visitors 13/8 and the draw 23/10. Hovering two points above the relegation zone a win for the Spireites would ease fears that this could be a long hard winter and they should have little to fear from County given they were successful at Meadow Lane earlier in the month in the JPT.