The mood in Sheffield must be buzzing at the moment. Christmas is less than two weeks away and both football teams can’t stop winning!
United’s Ched Evans must think he’s still asleep and dreaming after the form he’s enjoyed recently. He scored another brace on Saturday to lead his side to a 3-0 home win against Rochdale.
The game was very comfortable for Danny Wilson’s men with Evans topping it off with a 25-yard free kick to make it eight goals in five games for the Welsh international.
Unsurprisingly, Wilson was delighted with the striker after the game, heaping praise on the lad by saying “hisconfidence is absolutely sky-high at the moment and when he receives the ball, he expects to score. He’s a major threat for us.”
However, it was his striking partner, Richard Cresswell, making the headlines after the game when his quick thinking ‘saved the life’ of Rochdale keeper David Lucas. Cresswell turned Lucas onto his side to prevent him swallowing his tongue following a collision with Neill Collins.
Wednesday also enjoyed a great result last week with a 2-0 win away to Oldham Athletic, which is always a tricky test. Second half goals from Prutton and Lowe (penalty) secured the three points in Wednesday’s third straight league victory.
With January around the corner, the transfer rumours keep flowing and in spite their rich run of form of late, Wednesday are allegedly lining up a bid for Preston striker Iain Hume. He, like Evans, has been on top form this season, banging in six goals for the Lillywhites.
Megson’s men face one of their toughest challenges of the season so far when they take on fourth-placed Huddersfield at Hillsborough on Saturday. Only four points separate the teams but recent form is in favour of the Owls. Huddersfield have only picked up seven points in their last six games, compared to 16 for Wednesday, who are one of the in form teams in the country. Huddersfield will be looking to make amends for a tough loss at home to Bournemouth and as a result, I have them at a competitive 2/1.
Wednesday are favourites at 13/10 for the win. It’s certainly worth a few pounds if you fancy the Owls to continue their current form as this weekend is one of the few times in recent weeks that they haven’t been odds on.
Sheffield United take on Huddersfield’s conquerors at Dean Court on Saturday in what is expected to be a relatively close encounter. Both teams are coming off wins but United are the in the stronger position with Bournemouth hanging around mid-table.
They will be looking for a big win in front of their home faithful and at almost 2’s (15/8), I actually fancy them for the win. Given the disparity in the league, United are still slight favourites at 11/8 but everyone loves an underdog (bar United fans this weekend).
I fancied a 2-1 in the big game between City and Chelsea on Monday but simply got the result the wrong way round! A great game is in store this weekend with top of the table Man City at home to Wenger’s resurgent Arsenal. It’ll be tight but under pressure after their loss to Chelsea, I think City will drop more points and a 1-1 draw at 7s is a clever bet.
All these odds and many more are available at my website, www.victorchandler.com.