Sheffield Wednesday face Queens Park Rangers at Loftus Road this weekend, as they go head to head in the Championship.
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This will be the 76th meeting between the two sides, with the first coming in 1948 in which Wednesday came out 2-0 winners.
The Owls are unbeaten in their last three games against QPR, however, they lost the four games prior.
The reverse fixture earlier on in the season ended as a 1-1 draw, but how will Saturday’s game play out?
Sheffield Wednesday Team News & Injuries
There will be no surprise if Darren Moore names the same XI that played so well against Cardiff on Monday afternoon as the gaffer doesn’t have any new injury concerns.
Queens Park Rangers Team News & Injuries
Similarly, QPR didn’t suffer any injuries last time out, however, Lyndon Dykes could return to the side following his goal from the bench last time out.
Sheffield Wednesday Form
Wednesday will have taken huge amounts of confidence from the weekend after they thrashed Cardiff City 5-0 on Monday.
They boosted their chances of staying up as they are currently six points from safety, but now they know they can beat teams above them.
They are in decent form as well, with two wins from their last three, which means they are currently sitting in 12th place in the form table.
Queens Park Rangers Form
It wasn’t the best bank-holiday Monday for QPR after they were comfortably beaten 3-1 away to Nottingham Forest.
They are struggling for consistency at the minute, with three wins, two losses and one draw from their last six means they are sixth in the form table.
QPR have been decent at home recently, though. In fact, they have won six of their last eight at Loftus Road.
Our Picks For Wednesday Picks – QPR V Sheffield Wednesday
1. Will Sheffield Wednesday score in the first half? Yes
The Owls scored three of their five goals in the opening 45 minutes on Monday.
They don’t have the best record on the road this season, but they have found the net in the first half in four of their last five games.
Meanwhile, QPR have conceded 11 from 20 at Loftus Road, which is an average of 0.55 goals against per first period.
2. Will Sheffield Wednesday score in the second half? Yes
Adam Reach and Jordan Rhodes stuck the final nails in Cardiff’s coffin in the second half on Monday.
The thing is, they have scored just four goals in the second 45 minutes when playing on the road this season.
On the other hand, the hosts have kept a clean sheet in the second period in 50% of their home games this campaign.
2. How many goals will Sheffield Wednesday score? 2
It was obviously five goals for The Owls against Cardiff but it would be a surprise to see them pull off the same feat.
It certainly wouldn’t be a surprise to see them find the net twice this weekend, though, having done so in 20% of their away games this season.
The hosts have a better defensive record at Loftus Road compared to when they play away.
They’ve conceded 22 goals from 20 matches, which is an average of 1.1 goals against per home game.
4. Will Jordan Rhodes score? Yes
The forward has just seven league goals to his name this campaign, but he does come into this game in good form.
He scored the fourth of the game on Monday, which was his fourth goal in five games.
Rhodes doesn’t have the best record against QPR, though, with just two goals from 12 appearances against them.
5. How many shots on target will Sheffield Wednesday have? 4+
Wednesday had 12 shots on Monday, testing the goalkeeper with six of them.
That means, The Owls have now had 114 attempts on goal, which is an average of 2.92 shots on target per game.
Seny Dieng has been the go-to man between the sticks for QPR this season, playing 36 times for them this campaign.
In those games, he has faced 140 shots on his goal. That’s an average of 2.88 shots on target against per game.
6. How many shots on target will Adam Reach have? 1
Reach found the net twice against Cardiff with his only two shots on target.
The midfielder has 43 attempts this season, hitting the target with just 15 of them. That means he is currently averaging 0.48 shots on goal per game.
- Will Barry Bannan assist a goal? No
- How many goals will Sheffield Wednesday concede? 1
- How many saves will Sheffield Wednesday goalkeepers make? 2
- How many tackles will Sam Hutchinson make? 2
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