Wednesday can keep it tight at St Andrew’s.
Every point in the Championship is hard-earned so Wednesday’s players shouldn’t be too dispirited despite being held to a draw by winless Bolton Wanderers at the Reebok Stadium on Saturday.
It was a second league game without a goal, however, though the Owls had their chances with Atdhe Nuhiu, Liam Palmer and Stevie May all being denied by the Trotters’ second-string keeper Andy Lonergan. Chris Maguire and Tom Lees also had efforts cleared off the line but Wednesday just couldn’t make the breakthrough.
But Stuart Gray was pleased with the shot count and also the debut of Royston Drenthe. The on-loan Reading striker could have had a hat-trick after replacing Maguire on the hour mark and his sharpness will increase as he gets more time on the pitch.
There doesn’t appear any great need for Gray to make many changes for the midweek visit to Birmingham as Bolton rarely troubled Kieren Westwood and company on Saturday. Wednesday must be a decent bet at 6/4 to get back to winning ways at St Andrew’s, where the Blues faded badly against Leeds on Saturday after a bright start.
Lee Clark’s team just avoided relegation last season and have made a slow start to the new campaign, managing just one win so far and conceding twice as many goals as they’ve scored. Though Wes Thomas scored at the weekend, he and strike partner Clayton Donaldson appear to be lacking a little self-belief and the Owls’ defence has been a tough nut to crack this season.
It’s very difficult to see Wednesday losing this one if they don’t take anything for granted. Like the visitors, Birmingham have drawn three of their league matches so far but are switching off at vital times in their own penalty area and you would expect the likes of May and Nuhui to cash in if presented with the opportunity after missing out at the weekend. Wednesday are 2/1 to keep another clean sheet with the Draw/Sheffield Wednesday on the half Time/Full Time quoted at 9/2.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Tuesday, September 16th at St Andrew’s.