Betting: Blades big odds to cause a shock

Dave Kitson celebrates after scoring at Oxford in the third round.
Dave Kitson celebrates after scoring at Oxford in the third round.

SHEFFIELD United’s midweek league fixture at Bury failed to beat the weather which at least meant nothing impeded the build-up for the trip to Reading on Saturday in the fourth round of the FA Cup where they are 9/2 to cause what would be construed as a shock against the Premier League side who won at St James’s Park last weekend.

The Royals, likely to rotate their squad, are 13/20 with the draw at 31/10.

Danny Wilson will have left Meadow Lane cold and disappointed after drawing with 10-man Notts County. The Blades are out to 6/1 for the League One title and 13/8 for promotion at BetVictor but this was two points dropped rather than a point gained in their quest for Championship football. The draw, their 12th, leaves them eight points behind the Rovers of Tranmere and Doncaster.

A sub-zero Hillsborough saw Wednesday and Wolves play out a goalless draw at the weekend and the point saw the Owls maintain the three point cushion between themselves and the drop zone in the Championship.

Bristol City (7/4) entertain Ipswich on Saturday and if they don’t get a result then they are in danger of becoming marooned at the foot of the table.

The Owls travel to the Valley to meet a Charlton side who have won three of their last four in the Championship including an excellent 2-1 win at Ewood Park last weekend; Wednesday are 12/5 to gain all three points in the capital with the Addicks 6/5 and the draw 23/10.

The 3/1 co-favourites in our market to be top Wednesday goalscorer in the league are Gary Madine, Chris O’Grady and Michail Antonio all priced at 3/1 at BetVictor with Rodri 6s and 10/1 Bar.

Chris Powell has done an excellent job at the Club but I think the Owls will nick a point with a 1-1 scoreline priced at 6s.

Barnsley go to the KC Stadium in the 4th Round of the FA Cup looking to emulate the Owls who dented Hull’s promotion prospects with 3-1 win earlier in the month; the Tigers currently lie third in the Championship and a promotion push is likely to be their main priority. For the Reds, avoiding relegation dominates.

David Flitcroft’s side are 300/1 for the Cup and 9/2 to win in 90 minutes with the Tigers 7/10 and the draw at 14/5. Reds are 5/2 to make the fifth round - note this includes after a replay, extra-time and on penalties.

Doncaster’s comprehensive 2-0 win over Orient maintained their magnificent recent run of 16 points from the last 18 and they are the new 4/1 favourite at BetVictor for League One with Swindon 9/2 and co-leaders Tranmere still 6s.

Both our League Two sides have home games with Rotherham entertaining Bristol Rovers, currently bottom but showing some signs of improvement under John Ward; the Millers are 8/15 favourites with the Pirates 21/4 and the draw 33/10. The Millers are 8/11 to be promoted and 6s for the title although they slipped further away from the top three after Northampton’s midweek win at Aldershot.

Chesterfield face Southend at the Proact Stadium knowing a win will leapfrog the Spireites over the Shrimpers. Paul Cook’s side are 13/10 for the win with the visitors 21/10 and the draw at 12/5. The Spireites are 6/1 to be promoted and 6/5 to finish in the top seven at BetVictor. This is a game they cannot afford to lose and three points are more than desirable for the promotion push.