Wednesday aiming to be party-poopers at Vicarage Road
Sheffield Wednesday’s own season may have been effectively over a few weeks ago but they are still playing an active part in the race for the Championship title and have the chance to disappoint an expectant crowd at Vicarage Road this Saturday as the curtain comes down on the campaign.
Hosts Watford clinched automatic promotion to the Premier League at Brighton last week and now have their sights set on the crown. They are in pole position, going into the final round of matches with a one point lead over Bournemouth and knowing a win will give them the title.
But Wednesday certainly won’t be going into the game thinking that they are just the fall-guys and have already shown that they can come up with a result on the road when least expected.
It’s a good job that Wednesday’s away record has been so good – they’ve won nine and only lost seven of 22 matches so far – because their performances at Hillsborough have left much to be desired. Last Saturday’s derby defeat by Leeds was the 18th time this season that they’ve failed to take maximum points at home – only relegated Millwall, Wigan and Blackpool have fared worse!
Stuart Gray has tried everything to nail down the problem and will be working hard over the summer to make his side tougher to beat at home. If hopes of a promotion push next season are to be realised, Wednesday will have to show more consistency as the month of April has just about summed up their season.
The Owls have taken points of promoted Bournemouth and play-off hopefuls Brentford but failed to beat mid-table Leeds, Charlton and Huddersfield – all at Hillsborough.
It remains to be seen who will arrive and who will depart over the next few months but on-loan Will Keane and Lloyd Isgrove will probably playing their final game for Wednesday at Watford and will want to go out with a bang. The Golden Boys will be in celebratory mood but still have a job to do if they want to collect the trophy at the full-time whistle. They arrive off the back of a five-match winning run, though they can be vulnerable at home.
Wednesday are 3/4 on the European handicap getting a two-goal start and could be a bit of value at those odds. Both teams to score is Evens.
The match kicks off at 12.15pm on Saturday, May 2 at Vicarage Road.