New-look Wednesday capable of recording a rare win at Portman Road
Six goals scored and only one conceded is a very fair return from Sheffield Wednesday’s first two competitive matches under Carlos Carvalhal and the new head coach now knows that he can trust some of his fringe players following the 4-1 Capital Cup demolition of Mansfield in midweek.
Carvalhal has said he wants to mastermind an exciting new era at Hillsborough and he’s certainly going the right way about winning fans over. Lucas Jaoa scored the Owls’ opener against the Stags but the coach has warned that the 21-year-old summer signing from Portugal still has much to learn about playing in England and he’s likely to be back on the bench against Ipswich Town this Saturday.
Wednesday fans are still wondering whether their club will sign an out-and-out striker before the transfer window closes but maybe their new style of play wouldn’t suit a forward who plays in around the penalty box.
Atdhe Nuhui led the line well enough against Bristol City last week and wasn’t afraid to drop deep, allowing midfielders like Lewis McGugan to run beyond him. The formation is fluid and could be the way forward for Wednesday if they are improve on last season’s position and finish nearer the top six but Stevie May and Sergiu Bus must be worried for their futures having failed to make the matchday squad against Mansfield when several first-teamers were rested.
Daryl Murphy scored in Town’s 2-1 win in February and the Irishman is likely to be the main threat again to Wednesday’s winning start as he now appears to have the perfect foil in the busy Freddie Sears. Midfielder Giles Coke could also line-up against his former club.
Wednesday’s confidence is already sky-high and they can record a rare victory over the East Anglian side at 53/20. Only once in the last 20 years has a match between these teams produced more than three goals so under 3.5 in our Totals market at 2/9 looks a sound investment.
The match kicks off at 3.00pm on Saturday, August 15th at Portman Road