A hard-fought affair looks on the cards for Hillsborough faithful
Sheffield Wednesday’s victory at Nottingham Forest last weekend was their sixth in the Championship this season – if only they had a similar record at Hillsborough!
Scoring goals in front of their own fans has been a problem all season for Stuart Gray’s men – they’ve managed only six in 12 matches in the league.
Nailing down the problem has proved taxing for the manager but he’s still done a wonderful job with one of the smallest squads in the division and the Owls are well on course for a top half finish with an outside chance of making the play-offs if they can sort out their home form.
Gray was almost disappointed that his team didn’t win even more convincingly at the City Ground last week but those are the standards he sets. Wednesday had much the better of things when they played this Saturday’s opponents, Bolton Wanderers, at the Reebok Stadium back in September.
But the game ended goalless and the Trotters have undoubtedly improved since then. Neil Lennon is now in charge and has instilled a more competitive edge into his team’s style of play. They’ve won three of the last five and have only lost once in the league since the end of October.
Lennon has brought former international strikers Eider Gudjohnsen and Emile Heskey in out of the cold and both have scored in recent weeks. Former Swansea forward Darren Pratley can also be a handful.
Wednesday’s side is unlikely to show many changes to the one which won at Forest, though Jeremy Helan could get a starting place if the manager decides to be a bit more daring. We’ll take the Owls to narrowly edge this one at Evens but it is likely to be a hard-fought affair.
A home win by one goal is 51/20 but it would be no surprise at all if the visitors battled their way to a point at 47/20. Under 1.5 total goals might be a decent bet at 19/10.
The match kicks off at 3.00pm on Saturday, January 17th at Hillsborough.