Wednesday return to home soil as they welcome south Yorkshire rivals Barnsley to Hillsborough
Dominic Chapman, Wednesday Picks Predictor (chapperss_23)
Sheffield Wednesday host Barnsley on Saturday afternoon for more Championship action as the Owls remain bottom of the table.
Tony Pulis still awaits his first win in charge following Tuesday night’s defeat at Huddersfield Town.
But they still remain only four points off safety and a win at Hillsborough would get them back on track.
In Barnsley, they take on a side who are faring creditably well in their second season back in England’s second tier.
The Tykes currently sit in 16th, but have lost three of their last five matches, albeit to sides all above them in the table.
Reds fans will be pleased that the two victories sandwiched in the middle of those quintet of games were against sides who will likely be battling with them at the rear of the standings.
And they will be hoping to add another similar scalp in the Steel City this weekend as they make the short journey from S71.
This will be the 75th meeting that the two sides have contested against each other in their history.
Wednesday have won on 36 occasions compared to Barnsley’s 21, with 17 ending honors even.
How will the first of the two clashes this season pan out?
For the Norwich game, I predicted that Wednesday wouldn’t win, but they would score one goal and it would arrive in the second half.
Here’s the 90-minute prediction ahead of the £1,000 Wednesday Picks contest…
- Will Wednesday beat Barnsley? Yes.
While it will be fairly hard for Wednesdayites to be full of confidence for this encounter, their home record against the Reds in recent years reads well.
Barnsley haven’t won in S6 since 2009 and have had 6 visits in that time.
The instant new head coach bounce has yet to really fire, but the Owls did hold Reading and Stoke on home soil, who sit 5th and 8th, respectively.
This game is more winnable and they’re surely due a turn in fortune.
2. How many goals will Wednesday score? 1.
The Tykes have kept only one clean sheet in their opening 8 matches on the road so far this season, so there’s every reason to think that Wednesday will score.
A concern would be that the Owls have scored a measly 4 goals at home in double the amount of games, so home comforts is hardly the order of the day.
But they’ve only conceded one goal in their last four Hillsborough outings.
Only Reading were able to breach the home defence and if Pulis’s well drilled defence is hard to pass once more, it may only take one to win this.
3. Will Wednesday score in the second half? Yes.
75% of Wednesday’s home strikes this season have arrived after the interval, so it looks the wise option to hope for that to be the case again.
4. How many shots on target will Wednesday have? 2.
The Owls gave plenty for top-of-the-table Norwich City plenty to think about at Carrow Road when testing the Canaries stopper Michael McGovern on five occasions.
But they were tame at the John Smith’s Stadium next time and registered only one effort on target – the goal itself, here against Reading.
Barnsley also have the second-best defensive record of any side in the bottom half of the table.
5. How many corners will Wednesday be awarded? 1.
Since Pulis’s appointment, Wednesday have only been awarded one corner in each of their two homes matches under his stewardship.
They tend to win more set pieces away from home so a lower value looks the way to go here.
6. How many saves will the Wednesday keeper make? 2.
For all that Wednesday don’t score many, they’re usually astute enough at the back.
They concede a goal per game on average but Barnsley have scored the same number as fourth-placed Swansea, so clearly are respected on the front end.
Joe Wildsmith didn’t make a save against the Terriers on Tuesday – their only shots on target were the actual goals themselves.
But Barnsley have scored during every match on their travels so far this season so he will undoubtedly get his palms tested.
- Will Callum Paterson score? No.
- How many goals will Josh Windass score? 1.
- How many shots on target will Callum Paterson have? 0.
- How many shots on target will Josh Windass have? 2.
- How many assists will Adam Reach have today? 1.
- How many tackles will Barry Bannan make? 1.
- How many tackles will Dominic Iorfa make? 1.
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