Odds hotting up for Blades title hopes

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 thought we would concentrate mostly on the Blades after the opening weekend because their win at Oldham was big for a lot of reasons.

On paper an away fixture at Oldham looked tough, and although the home side were disappointing, it was a statement of intent from Danny Wilson.

Their win has already clipped their price to win the title to 8/1 from 9/1 and to be promoted it is now 9/4 from 5/2. The Top 6 price is also shorter now at 4/5.

The key will come this Saturday when Brentford visit Bramall Lane. The Bees are turning a few heads notably because their new manager Uwe Rosler has been busy in the summer transfer window.

I’m not convinced about Rosler and think he’ll be a flop, but that aside Brentford are the sort of side that the Blades need to win against if they are to have any pretentions about a promotion challenge. The odds at 21/20 are saying that they will, with Brentford at 5/2.

The season match bet between the two Sheffield clubs is now 8/13 the Owls and 6/5 the Blades. To be ahead of one another at the end of August is 10/11 each of two. So Danny Wilson has passed his first test with flying colours, but he knows things can go sour pretty quickly. Football can be pretty brutal.

I’ve always been adamant that these two sides are difficult to split. Not out of any bias towards one team or another but because my gut instinct is that they will be very close together throughout the season.

I can’t split them but the punters are adamant that Wednesday are big favourites. And we are now 10/11 about whether the two men are still in their respective hot seats at the end of the season. It’s 10/11 that either one of them gets the can!

The Owls had a good start as well on Saturday but again a tricky away game at Bournemouth will tell us a lot more. They are 5/1 now for the title and still 13/8 to be promoted.

My bet of the week is Newcastle to beat Arsenal at St James Park on Saturday evening. They are 18/5 which looks good value. There is too much going on at Arsenal and odds on is ridiculous.