Wolves welcome the Owls to Molineux
Saturday’s 1-1 draw at Brighton was probably two points lost rather than one gained given the Seagulls’ position in the league table. It’s vital that Wolves get back to winning ways against Sheffield Wednesday if they are to entertain any hope of closing the gap on the top six but the Owls have become a difficult team to predict over the last few weeks.
Kenny Jackett can only concentrate on his own players’ performance, however, and has a few hard decisions to make regarding his starting XI. Does the manager stick with playing with just a lone striker? Benik Afobe has done well since joining the club but was struggling on Saturday before Nouha Dicko’s introduction.
With three points imperative, the latter must be on the verge of a recall as Wednesday will be tough to break down – only high-flying Middlesbrough have a better defensive record in the Championship than the Owls.
Only relegation-threatened Millwall and Blackpool have scored fewer goals and Wolves did keep them out in the reverse fixture at Hillsborough, taking all three points with a late goal from Leon Clarke. Wanderers, in fact, boast a fantastic recent record against Wednesday.
They’ve only lost once to the team from South Yorkshire in the last 25 years and have won six of their last seven meetings – the Owls have drawn a blank in all of the last four.
Stuart Gray’s side have won eight times on the road, however, so are clearly no mugs and they have a few players with a point to prove to the club’s new owners before the end of the season, even though they now have precious little to play for in terms of league position and are likely to without Will Keane and Liam Palmer at Molineux.
Stevie May did score after coming off the bench at the weekend, however, so has also staked his claim for a recall but the remainder of the campaign is all about finding out which players will be retained for next season and where the manager needs to find quality alternatives – there are 19 players on the Wednesday books who will be free agents in the summer.
Scott Golbourne and Dominic Iorfa could back into the reckoning for Wolves and the home side have the greater incentive to go for the win – they are Evens to grab maximum points. We are offering 13/10 that goal-shy Wednesday fail to find the net again.
The match kicks off at 7.45pm on Tuesday, March 17 at Molineux.