Can Wednesday finally lift the Wolves ‘curse’ at Hillsborough?
Neither Sheff Wednesday nor Wolves go into this Sunday’s fixture at Hillsborough in the greatest of form.
Both sides lost midweek games in disappointing fashion – Wednesday were beaten at the struggling MK Dons while Wolves failed to capitalise on an early lead at home to Leeds and lost by the odd goal in five.
Perhaps the extra two days that the Owls have had to recover is an advantage. But that’s counteracted by their truly woeful record against Wanderers, especially at Hillsborough. Wolves have not lost in South Yorkshire in more than 50 years. They’ve won seven of their last 10 games against Wednesday in total and drawn the other three so shouldn’t arrive short of confidence, even though Wednesday have lost just once at home this season.
The Owls, in fact, haven’t scored in their last five matches against the Midlanders so maybe 0 in our Home Team Goals betting at 43/20 isn’t a bad bet, though the Wolves’ defence will need to be more resolute than against Leeds on Thursday when they were breached three times.
We have the Owls at 27/20 in our Full Time Result betting to lift the Wolves ‘curse’ at Hillsborough and get back on track but history can sometimes be difficult to reverse and away fans will be hopeful that their team can bounce back from recent setbacks to grab all three points at 43/20. They’ve actually got a decent record on the road and have scored one more than they’ve conceded – it’s their form at Molineux which has supporters worried.
There should be no shortage of goals in this one. There have been Over (2.5) goals in five of Wolves’ last six matches against teams in the top half of the Championship and in five of Wednesday’s last seven outings in all competitions. That can be backed at 23/20 in our Goal Over/Under market – neither defence is watertight and both sides like to play on the front foot so we like the look of Yes in Both Teams to Score at 10/11.
Lucas Joao has scored three of the last seven goals that Wednesday have scored at Hillsborough and the Portuguese striker is 11/2 to be the First Goalscorer in this Sunday’s match against Kenny Jackett’s team, though Carlos Carvalhal still seems reluctant to give the youngster a regular starting berth. James Henry has been on the score-sheet in Wanderers’ last two away games, a draw at Ipswich and a win at Rotherham, and is a tempting 5/1 to be an Anytime Goalscorer.
The match kicks off at 2.00pm on Sunday, December 20th at Hillsborough
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