The Owls may have to wait a little longer for a first home win.
It’s a long time since Sheffield Wednesday had the kind of start they are enjoying at present.
The Owls would probably be top of the table if their home form matched their away record. After Tuesday’s ultimately comfortable win over Birmingham City at St Andrew’s, Wednesday have now won four of their five away games this season.
They’ve also kept six clean sheets in nine matches and much of that is down to goalkeeper Kieren Westwood. The Republic Of Ireland stopper has excelled since joining in the summer from Sunderland, where he had few opportunities.
Stevie May got his side’s first goal at Birmingham and is fast becoming a fans’ favourite – it can’t be long before the former St Johnstone front man is called up by Scotland manager Gordon Strachan.
Wednesday have only lost once at home so far this season, against early pace-setters Nottingham Forest, but they haven’t managed a win yet in the league after draws with Derby and Millwall and Stuart Gray knows his team have to get their act together at Hillsborough if they are to challenge the top six this season.
Next up are Reading, who only missed out on the play-off last season on the final day. Loaned Royston Drenthe isn’t eligible to play against his parent club but has only been a substitute so far. Nigel Adkins has a big squad at his disposal this season and they’ve won four of their first seven league matches, leaving them one point and one place above Wednesday in the table after the midweek fixtures.
Nick Blackman will probably have more incentive than most to do well against Wednesday as he’s a former Sheffield United player but Simon Cox is their leading scorer and he’ll need close attention. The Royals have scored eight times in their last four, though have conceded more goals than anybody else in the top 10.
There doesn’t appear to be much between these two sides based on the league table and the evidence so far so the draw may be the best bet at 5/2, even though Wednesday did the double over the Royals last season having lost five of their previous six meetings. A 1-1 correct score is 9/2.
The match kicks off at 3.00pm on Saturday, September 20th at Hillsborough.
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