Wednesday have a tough test against in-form Bees
Sheffield Wednesday need to lay a few ghosts to rest if they are to pick up three points against Brentford at Hillsborough.
The Owls were once again left to rue missed opportunities against Charlton on Saturday. Caolan Lavery had given Stuart Gray’s side the lead in the second half with his first goal since returning from a loan spell at Chesterfield but Johann Berg Gudmundsson grabbed an equaliser for the Addicks meaning a third successive 1-1 draw at Hillsborough for Sheffield Wednesday – they’ve only won once at home since Boxing Day and only four times all season in the Championship.
Their goals tally on home soil is just 14 – fewer than even the three teams in the relegation zone. It’s a problem that has never really been addressed and it can’t be allowed to continue into next season.
Next up for Sheffield Wednesday are play-off hopefuls Brentford, who have one of the best away records in the division and will be looking for three points to get them back into the top six. The Bees have won three of their last five matches at Hillsborough and drawn the other two, which doesn’t offer much encouragement for Wednesday fans.
Brentford should have won at high-flying Derby on Saturday but conceded an equaliser in added time at the iPro having led for a long time thanks to Alex Pritchard’s first-half goal. Draws don’t really help Mark Warburton’s team at this stage of the campaign and they’ve adopted a positive approach throughout the campaign.
Andre Gray already has 15 Championship goals to his name and will need close attention but Spanish midfielder Jota has also been among the goals lately.
However, Wednesday held the Londoners to a goalless draw at Griffin Park back in October and, though they don’t score many at home, they also have a good defensive record built around the outstanding Kieren Westwood.
The Wednesday manager has chopped and changed his team lately in a bid to find a winning formula but it hasn’t worked so far and Brentford are one of the form teams in the Championship at present and have plenty still to play for. The visitors are 5/4 to grab a win, though both teams to score may also be value at 3/4.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Tuesday, April 14 at Hillsborough.