Saturday, October 08, 2011
I have previewed three matches today, putting up two strong ( including one maximum) selections, the one below is not either of those, but still a bet I like.
In League 1 the home form of Sheffield Wednesday has probably kept Gary Megson in employment, they are a perfect 5-0-0 at Hillsborough, but have struggled on their travels, conceding twelve goals in six starts, which is in stark contrast.
Some teams have come here and froze this season, (that is understandable, it is a famous stadium and Wednesday a very big, well suppoted club) a couple of others, like Scunthorpe United and Notts County were just downright unfortunate. Today, Chesterfield, who did us a big favour in midweek, try their luck in this "derby" game, only 12 miles of the A61 separate the two teams and supporters of the Spirites are travelling in huge numbers, with well over 3,000 tickets already sold . This is a very big day for the visitors and especially their manager John Sheridan, who spent seven years as a player with the Owls and I think they can get a result.
After winning League 2 with a degree of comfort last season, it has taken Field a little time to come to terms with life at the higher level and also the loss of 23 goal top scorer Craig Davies in the summer. But there have been a few signs recently and a couple of very encouraging results, that indicate an upper mid table finish and maybe even a playoff push are not totally out of the question. I think this pair have over and under achieved respectively so far this campaign and expect them to be a lot closer together in terms of league position in say two months time.
The visitors already hold the upper hand in the attempts on goal table, having 115 as opposed to Wednesday's 93, that is exactly two per game more and adds support to my belief that results for these two clubs are going to even out in the coming weeks. I am not a great fan of Megson and will be surprised if he is still in charge in the New Year, Sheridan, as a favourite son of Wednesday and the scorer of the winning goal the last time they won a major trophy, would be one of the main contenders to replace him and this is a big opportunity for him and his team to put themselves in the shop window.
Chesterfield +0.75 asian line 1.98. Both teams are missing key defenders and a few goals would not surprise me, the" over" 3.5 option is available at 3.0 and is a good cover with both teams having goals in them.
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