There could be more frustration for Wednesday against the Golden Boys.
Stuart Gray remains mystified as to why Kieren Westwood isn’t getting a start for the Republic of Ireland. The Wednesday stopper was on the bench again for his country last week for games against Gibraltar and Germany with Millwall’s David Forde preferred.
But he’s very much the first choice for the Owls having been arguably their best player so far this season. Westwood was again outstanding in the draw at Leeds two weeks ago when Wednesday were way below their best. They did actually take the lead through Chris Maguire’s spectacular effort but would have had no complaints had their Yorkshire rivals taken all three points.
The Owls are now without a win in four games and need to rediscover the form they showed in August and early September if they are not to lose further ground on the top six.
Scoring goals at Hillsborough has proved a real problem. Gray’s side have managed only three in five Championship matches in south Yorkshire and only managed one win so far, against Reading.
They have drawn three but need to be picking up some maximums if they want to stay in the top half of the table and keep a manageable distance between themselves and the relegation zone.
Maguire is suspended for the visit of Watford while Kamil Zayatte is injured. Caolon Lavery and Dejan Kelhar remain long-term absentees so there could be a recall for Jeremy Helan with Jacques Maghoma likely to switch to the right wing. Sam Hutchinson is back in training but may only be fit enough for a place among the substitutes.
Watford are already on their fourth manager this season after Billy McKinlay’s reign lasted just eight days and two matches. Former Chelsea midfielder Slavisa Jokanovic is the new man in the hot seat at Vicarage Road but he takes over a team that’s in good form.
They’ve won three and drawn two of their last five, even though leading striker Troy Deeney has been out of action for a while. The one crumb of comfort for Wednesday, however, is that the Golden Boys have collected most of their points at home.
Another Hillsborough draw could be on the cards at 11/5. Wednesday to score one goal is 6/4.
The match kicks off at 3.00pm on Saturday, October 18th at Hillsborough.