Chesterfield look a value call in Sunday's live League 1 clash with the Blades.
Chesterfield v Sheffield United - Sunday 14:15, Sky Sports 1
Danny Wilson is adamant that his best Chesterfield 11 can compete over 90 minutes with anything that League One has to offer, a point he has reiterated on numerous occasions this term. But the Spireites, having been deprived of striker Ched Evans for several weeks, are now second from bottom in the table following a run of five straight league defeats.
Now Evans is back in the fold and back to full fitness, bagging the winner against Colchester in the FA Cup last weekend, and it would be typical football irony should he now prove to be the difference against the club where he had scored 35 goals in 42 games when he was first convicted of rape. One thing is for sure, Chesterfield are a different team when he’s on top of his game.
A bet on the home win requires a huge leap of faith but at 9/2 it’s a leap worth taking. Ignore the fact that United have picked up an extra 22 points over the last 12 matches, that counts for little in a local derby when the home team, backed by three sides of the ground, play with belief. As Wilson himself says: “We’ve got a lot to gain from this game.”
Absurd though it sounds, the respective shot data makes Chesterfield no bigger than 5/2. The reality probably lies somewhere in between. The Blades have bagged a staggering 22 goals in their last six matches and allowances have to be made for that. It would be a major shock if they didn’t score here. The best correct score option is Chesterfield 2-1 at 16/1.100% Bonus Up To £50