Sheffield Wednesday face Derby County at Pride Park this weekend in a huge final day survival clash in the Championship.
Tom Pearce, Wednesday Picks predictor (@tompearce97)
Depending on Rotherham’s result, a win for Wednesday could keep them up whilst sending Derby to League One.
This will be the 139th meeting between the two sides, with the first coming in the FA Cup in 1891, in which The Owls came out 3-2 winners.
It was Wednesday who claimed all three in the reverse fixture as well, as they won 1-0 at Hillsborough in January.
How will Saturday’s game play out, though?
Sheffield Wednesday Form
Neither team managed to break the deadlock as Darren Moore’s side played out a 0-0 draw with Nottingham Forest last time out.
Wednesday have won just one of their last six games, picking up five points from a possible 18. They now find themselves in 20th place in the form table.
They have a poor recent record on the road as well, losing each of their last three away games.
Derby County Form
Derby saw a 1-0 lead slip as two second-half goals in the space of three minutes saw Swansea take all three points in a 2-1 win.
The Rams have lost each of their last six games, so it’s no surprise that they occupy bottom place in the form table.
They’ve struggled at home in recent times as well, losing each of their last two games at Pride Park.
Our Picks For Wednesday Picks – Derby County v Sheffield Wednesday
1. Will Sheffield Wednesday score in the first half? Yes
This is a game that neither team can afford to lose so it’s very likely that it will be a very tense affair.
Wednesday have a much better goal-scoring record in the opening 45 minutes as well. In fact, they have scored in the first half in 41% of their away games this campaign.
Meanwhile, Derby have conceded 12 from 22, which is an average of 0.55 goals against per first period at home.
2. Will Sheffield Wednesday score in the second half? No
Moore’s side have failed to score in the closing 45 minutes in each of their last six games and it wouldn’t be a surprise for them to do it again this weekend.
That’s due to the fact that they have scored just four from 22, which is an average of 0.18 goals scored per second half on the road.
As well as that, Derby have kept a clean sheet in the second period in 55% of their home games this season.
3. How many goals will Sheffield Wednesday score? 1
When these two sides last met back in January, Wednesday only needed one goal to take all three points, and it could be the same on Saturday.
It wouldn’t be a shock to see them score exactly one goal either, as they have done so in 32% of their away games this campaign.
Derby have a better defensive record at Pride Park compared to when they play on the road as well.
With six clean sheets and 23 goals conceded from 22, they are currently averaging 1.05 goals conceded per home game.
4. Will Josh Windass score? No
Windass has 10 goals to his name this season, with all but one of them coming in the Championship.
He’s been in decent form recently as well, having scored three goals in his last six games.
The versatile midfielder doesn’t have the best record against Derby, though, scoring just one goal from five against them.
5. Will Callum Paterson assist a goal? No
The forward has 12 goal contributions so far this campaign, with four of them coming in the form of assists.
It’s been a while since he last set up a teammate, with his most recent assist coming in the 5-0 win over Cardiff.
Whilst he has scored two in four against Derby, Paterson has never registered an assist against them.
6. How many shots on target will Sheffield Wednesday have? 4+
Wednesday had 14 shots against Nottingham Forest at the weekend, testing Brice Samba with five of them.
They have now hit the target 137 times this season, which is an average 3.04 shots on goal per game.
David Marshall and Kelle Roos have been the men who have played between the sticks for Derby this campaign.
Between them, they have faced 153 attempts on their goal, which means they’re averaging 3.4 shots on target against per game.
- How many shots on target will Barry Bannan have? 0
- How many tackles will Joe Pelupessy make? 2
- How many saves will Kieren Westwood make? 3
- Will Sheffield Wednesday concede a goal? No
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