The Bookie’s View: Can relegation-haunted Blades win at Warnock’s QPR?

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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The Blades travel to Loftus Road on Monday still in the bottom three and it’s vital Micky Adams gets his men prepared for a difficult evening.

Top-of-the-table QPR are packed full of talent notably Player of the Season Adel Taarabt, who missed the win at Doncaster due to a family bereavement.

Former Blades boss Neil Warnock has brought discipline and organisation to a team who are worthy short-priced favourites. That said their price of 4/9 is skinny enough and I would recommend the draw at 3/1 given the win over Leeds will have lifted the Blades. United are 13/2 to win. The Hoops have only lost once at home; such is the size of the task. United remain 1/3 to be relegated and 9/4 to stay up so they need every point they can get.

Wednesday are 10/1 to be relegated after Tuesday’s Brentford loss and Gary Megson must pick the troops up for Colchester’s visit. We bet 21/20 that the Owls gain their first home win for two months against a side who still have an outside chance of reaching a play-off position. When the teams met in August the match finished 1-1 and a similar scoreline is 11/2 this weekend.

Andy Liddell came down to earth with Rotherham’s reverse to Shrewsbury a case of after the Lord Mayors show following the 6-0 win at Lincoln in his first game in charge.

He remains 11/10 favourite to get the job permanently but former Brentford manager Andy Scott was backed from 12/1 into 4/1 second favourite as a result of a dozen bets within a few hours this week. The Millers are 4/5 to win.

Rovers are 3/1 at Bristol City with Barnsley 13/5 at Crystal Palace.