Victor Chandler: ‘Blades look title contenders’

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A REST week for our Championship clubs Sheffield Wednesday and Barnsley this week and one that is nicely timed with both clubs looking over their shoulders at the drop zone. They are 7/4 and 11/8 respectively to be playing in League One next term and improvement is needed to stop the descent.

At Bramall Lane things are brighter with the unbeaten Blades sitting in third place in League One and beginning to give the feel of genuine 5/2 favourites to land the Title. United are 5/4 for promotion and 1/5 to finish in the top six which is an absolute minimum for United this season.

The Blades entertain a struggling Oldham side at the weekend and BetVictor make them 4/6 to gain maximum points with the Latics 5/1 and a draw at 29/10. A big crowd will be confident of a win and Nick Blackman, who hit a stunning winner at Orient last time, is 9/2 to open the scoring with strike partner Dave Kitson 5/1. With the goals spread around this term Neill Collins, three already this term, catches the eye at 28/1 for first and 8/1 anytime.

Doncaster, with a game in hand on the leading pack, are only six points off second place in the division and they can be backed at 20/1 for the Title and 11/2 to gain promotion. Rovers travel to Hartlepool with the hosts having only a solitary win to their name and languishing second bottom; a win at 13/8 makes plenty of appeal in Dean Saunders’ side are to challenge for promotion with Pools 9/5 and the stalemate 12/5.

Tommy Wright took charge of his 10th game as caretaker manager at Chesterfield in their 1-0 loss at the Keepmoat in the JPT Trophy midweek.

This was enough to active a payout to his backers in our next manager market and many were left smiling after gobbling up odds as high as 12/1! The Spireites are a difficult team to beat in League Two but unfortunately six draws leaves them mid-table with work to do to challenge the leaders. They remain 10/11 to make the top seven and 4/1 to get back to League One.

They are an eye-catching 10/11 to see off Dagenham & Redbridge at the Proact Stadium and with the visitors winless on the road, that price is sure to be popular. Another draw is 27/10 with a win for the Daggers 17/5.

Rotherham are finding it tough on the road and are yet to register a win on their travels. A tremendous 1600 followed them to York last week and, despite have the majority of the play, it was another frustrating afternoon.

The Millers are making their new home a fortress with four wins from five and the 10/11 chalked up by BetVictor against Southend will do well to last.

Bookmakers still fear Steve Evans men and we only offer 7/2 for the Title. They are 1/3 to make the top seven and 4/6 for promotion but all these prices reflect the large ante post liabilities rather than current performances.

In the lead up to England’s World Cup qualifier with San Marino on Friday we will be bombarded by players, officials and journalists telling us there are no easy games in international football; well we don’t agree and make England 1/80 to beat San Marino.

I’d be staggered if England didn’t win well and believe our offer of 11/10 for the Three Lions -6 on the handicap is fair: if San Marino concede six at home to Montenegro England should put eight or more past the part timers and I think the 11/10 on the handicap is a bet; they lost 11-0 to Holland in a Euro 2012 qualifier remember!