Wednesday still searching for first win under Tony Pulis as they welcome Coventry to S6
Dominic Chapman, Wednesday Picks Predictor (chapperss_23) [66.67% strike-rate]
Sheffield Wednesday aim to win their first match since the start of November as they welcome Coventry City to Hillsborough on Saturday afternoon.
The Owls are yet to feel the bounce of new boss Tony Pulis and were dealt another major blow in midweek with the loss away to Nottingham Forest.
It’s now nine games since they last picked up three points and Coventry arrive to South Yorkshire aiming to heap more misery.
The Sky Blues are unbeaten in December and that form has eased their relegation worries for now, pulling six points clear of the drop zone.
Pulis’ men, meanwhile, are seven points deep and need to start picking up wins rapidly to exact any chance of survival.
This is the first clash between the clubs since 2010 – a 1-1 draw at the Ricoh Arena.
But how will the 90 minutes between the sides’ 83rd meeting play out? We take a look…
- Will Sheffield Wednesday beat Coventry City? No.
The form doesn’t lie.
Wednesday are in plenty of bother on and off the pitch, which will be duly welcomed by the visiting West Midlander’s.
The disappointing derby defeat to Barnsley ended a creditable home run against some decent opposition, but the Owls need a major step forward to take anything here.
56% of players aren’t all that confident, either.
2. How many goals will Sheffield Wednesday score? 1.
The draw to Stoke City was the only time in the past four home matches that Wednesday have failed to find the net on home soil.
But they are still the joint-lowest scorers in the division, with just 10 goals from their opening 19 matches.
It tends to be a low scoring affair at Hillsborough this season and there’s not too much reason to oppose any difference here.
City themselves have had two scoreless draws in December.
3. Will Sheffield Wednesday score in the second half? No.
The Owls have scored after the interval on just one occasion so far this month, and have failed to hit the net in the second period at all in their last three outings.
In fact, they haven’t scored a second half goal at home turf since the win over AFC Bournemouth on 3rd November.
Will they take a step forward here? On the evidence, it’s unlikely.
4. How many corners will Sheffield Wednesday be awarded? 4+.
45% of players have opted for the highest possible total, and I’m inclined to agree with them.
It was a rather tepid effort at the County Ground on Tuesday but a return to S6 should spark a little bit of attacking intent back into the Owls.
They were awarded 6 corners in the Barnsley defeat previously and can be forgiven for the lacklustre 2 at home to Reading having been down to 10 men.
5. How many saves will the Sheffield Wednesday goalkeeper make? 2.
Coventry are a bit more effective than flamboyant.
They don’t score too many, but are far from the leakiest at the back. Wednesday, on the other hand, aren’t defensively too weak but simply don’t score enough.
It may not be one for the neutral and there may not be too many chances either way.
6. How many shots on target will Sheffield Wednesday have? 2.
One of Wednesday’s best attacking efforts was at Norwich earlier this month, but they normally tend to do a bit more in the Steel City.
They only tested the Forest backline on one occasion last time out but are sure to fare slightly better now back in home comforts.
7. Will Sheffield Wednesday be awarded a penalty? No.
8. Will Callum Paterson score? No.
9. How many assists will Adam Reach have today? 1.
10. How many shots on target will Kadeem Harris have? 0.
11. How many shots on target will Josh Windass have? 1.
12. How many tackles will Cheyenne Dunkley make? 1.
13. How many tackles will Moses Odubajo make? 0.
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