Wednesday may struggle to end winless run against in-form Fulham
Wednesday’s failure to beat Bolton on Tuesday extended their winless run in the Championship to six matches and they now face an in-form side in Fulham – how long ago does that opening-day defeat of Bristol City now seem?
Wednesday’s new owners want the South Yorkshire club in the Premier League before its 150th anniversary in 2017 but saying that publicly has put Carlos Carvalhal under tremendous pressure. He’s still learning about the demands of English football, and the Championship in particular, and is finding out that it’s not just about throwing money at the problem.
The Owls have signed 16 new players since the end of last season. Most of them have impressive CVs but the first-team squad now numbers more than 30 and that means at least half of them are going to be unhappy when the team is announced ahead of the game against Fulham this weekend.
Wednesday had enough chances to win the game in the first 15 minutes at the Macron Stadium on Tuesday but missed them all and their threat diminished as the game wore on. The point did stop the rot of back-to-back defeats but the balance of Carvalhal’s team still doesn’t look right.
Stuart Gray was dismissed because his team didn’t score enough goals but any improvement in that department has been counter-balanced by the fact that only five teams have so far conceded more than Wednesday this term and they are just a point above the relegation places in the embryo table.
Fulham have only won one more league game than Wednesday but have won their last three in all competitions with Ross McCormack, an apparent transfer target for Wednesday during the summer, scoring in each of their victories. The Scottish international could be the biggest threat to the Owls getting back on the winning trail, though the Wednesday defence will have also have to keep a close eye on Mousa Dembele and Ben Pringle, who often caused them problems in Rotherham colours.
It might be another long afternoon for Wednesday fans as their team have only won one of their last five against Fulham at Hillsborough in league and cup and the visitors are now in good form after a shaky start. The draw might be the best option in our Full Time Result at 23/10. Both Teams To Score is 3/4.
The match kicks off at 3.00pm on Saturday, September 19th at Hillsborough
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