Victor Chandler column: I fancy Blades to go up

Dave Kitson takes on Paul Huntington. Picture: Martyn Harrison
Dave Kitson takes on Paul Huntington. Picture: Martyn Harrison

Sheffield United host Yeovil on Friday in the first-leg of the League One Play-off semi-final and are 11/10 at BetVictor to take a lead back to Huish Park for Monday’s second leg with the Glovers 11/4 and the draw 12/5.

After last weekend’s extraordinary scenes at Griffin Park, Brentford are 5/2 to be playing in the Championship next season with the Blades 9/4 favourites, Swindon 11/4 and Yeovil 7/2 outsiders.

The Blades finished their campaign without a win in four and drew blanks in their last three games so it is hard to make a case for them being market leaders, but Brentford must be distraught after what happened late on against Doncaster Rovers, Swindon lost four of their last six and with Yeovil winning four of their last six one could argue that there is nothing between the sides going into the play-offs.

Rovers are 100/1 at BetVictor to win the Championship next season with relegated pair QPR 5/1 favourites, Reading 10s, Birmingham and Ipswich 14s; Sheffield Wednesday are not quoted yet until they confirm their status on Saturday and as all Owls fans will know it is still possible they will go down.

We think it is unlikely though and make Sheffield Wednesday 10/1 for the drop to Division 1 with Wolves at Brighton (1/50) and Barnsley (4/6) at Huddersfield favourites to join Bristol City although Posh (13/8) are not out of the woods as they travel to Selhurst Park.

Wednesday are a shade of odds on (20/23) against what has to be said is a disappointing Middlesbrough side (17/5) who will finish the campaign in mid-table having been challenging for automatic promotion for much of the term.

One win in their last 10 has seen their promotion prospects blown to smithereens and one could argue that the Owls could not have hand-picked the opposition any better. A win will guarantee their Championship status, a point might suffice but things are very much in their own hands at Hillsborough.

The same cannot be said of Barnsley who need to better Peterborough’s result to beat the drop. Huddersfield, themselves, are not yet safe (20/1 for the drop) and are 5/4 favourites with Barnsley 23/10 and the draw at 5/2; Millwall’s hard-earned point against Crystal Palace has seen them pushed out to 16s for relegation and they are 2/1 at Pride Park against 7/5 Derby County.

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