An early mention must go to Sheffield boy Kyle Walker who scored that superb long range winner in his first taste of the north London Derby for Tottenham last Sunday.
His subsequent call up to the England squad for Friday’s Euro 2012 clash with Montenegro in Podgorica made it quite a weekend for the 21 year old full back.
England only need a draw to qualify for Poland and Ukraine next summer but are 8/11 to return with the points with the hosts 9/2 and the draw 5/2.
England were excellent in Bulgaria when last on their travels and I expect a similarly fluent performance.
Take the 6/1 on offer for a 2-0 success at Victor Chandler.
We have a number of special markets on the game including how many goals the Three Lions will score and the number of wins by the Home Nations (England, Scotland, Wales & Northern Ireland) on Friday and Saturday.
With most local sides having a break as a result of the international the attention the Owls take centre stage and entertain League One new boys Chesterfield in a local derby on Saturday.
Wednesday gained their third successive win in the League at Victoria Park last weekend and will be looking to maintain their 100% home record at Hillsborough against a Chesterfield side, managed of course by Owls legend John Sheridan, who have lost their last two in the League but were 3-1 winners at Meadow Lane against Notts County on Wednesday evening in the JPT.
The Owls are 4/6 to gain their sixth successive home win with the draw 13/5 and the visitors 4/1.
With 13 goals in five home league games to date goals have not been a problem for the Owls and Gary Madine, who is in the running to land the League 1 Player of the Month for September, is 7/2 to net Saturday’s opener and 21/20 to add to his impressive tally of nine goals in 11 league games at any time during the 90m minutes.Note Madine is now only 5/1 to be top scorer in the division behind the Addicks’ Bradley Wright-Phillips at 9/2.
Gary Megson’s side are 6/1 for the title with Charlton 2/1 favourites; the Owls are now 7/4 to be promoted from the division at the end of the season with the Blades out to 9s for the title and 2/1 to be promoted.
With five goals to his name already in what has been a most interesting campaign to date former Owls (and Swindon) striker Leon Clarke will be keen to put in a shift against his former side and is 19/4 to notch the opening goal fro Chesterfield.
As well as the Euro 2012 qualifier England are in Rugby World Cup Quarter Final action against the enigmatic French on Saturday morning. England are 4/7 to win in the 80 minutes and I think can land the handicap at Even money with victorchandler.com which is giving Les Bleus a four-point start.
We started with a Sheffield boy so why not finish with one; Sheffield’s very own Kell Brook will be aiming to keep his own 100% record when he defends his WBA Inter-Continental title against Polish veteran Rafal Jackiewicz in the World Title eliminator in the Steel City on Saturday which will also be shown live on Sky Sports.
Special K is 16/1 ON to win the bout, which should be a mere formality, but a win by KO, TKO or Disqualification for Brook at 8/11 may well hold more value. I fancy Brook to win it in the sixth which is at 12s with Victor Chandler.