Bees might sting the struggling Sheffield Wednesday
Sheffield Wednesday’s winless run stretched to five with Saturday’s disappointing defeat to Watford at Hillsborough and while the alarm bells aren’t exactly ringing, the slump will have to be arrested quickly with games coming thick and fast over the next four weeks.
There was certainly controversy about Watford’s opening goal but Sheffield Wednesday were never really in the hunt, despite Chris Maguire’s urgings, after a rare error from Kieren Westwood handed the visitors a second.
Yet another injury for Sam Hutchinson on his comeback is another worry for Sheffield Wednesday fans and they are desperately in need of a lift when they travel down to London to face Brentford.
Jose Semedo is Hutchinson’s likely replacement at Griffin Park and Stuart Gray must decide whether or not to recall top scorer Atdhe Nuhui. Gary Madine was preferred to the Serbian on Saturday but found it tough going.
Only the bottom two sides in the Championship, Bolton Wanderers and Blackpool, have scored fewer goals than Wednesday in the league and the manager needs his strikers to step forward if his team aren’t to slip further down the table.
It would be a pity to waste a fine start to the campaign. Despite Westwood’s blunder against Watford, the Republic Of Ireland International will probably keep his place against Brentford as he couldn’t be really blamed for either of the other goals.
Brentford have done well since promotion last season and are currently one point and one place ahead of Wednesday in the table. They are particularly strong at home having won three of their last four in front of their own fans and lost just once in the league, against high-flying Norwich, at Griffin Park so far.
Mark Warburton’s team plays an energetic, pressing game but they do give the opposition chances and have conceded more goals than any other team in the top half of the Championship – it’s up to Wednesday to take advantage of those opportunities when they arise.
This looks another tough test for Gray’s men. Hard-working Brentford average two goals a game at home and Wednesday’s recent scoring record suggests they’ll struggle to get a result if the Bees keep up that average.
Brentford are 5/4 to deepen the gloom around Hillsborough with a correct score of 2-1 priced up at 15/2.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Tuesday, October 21st at Griffin Park.