Sheffield Wednesday welcome Blackburn Rovers to Hillsborough tonight as they go head to head in the Championship.
Tom Pearce, Wednesday Picks predictor (@tompearce97)
This will be the 156th meeting between the two sides, with the first coming in the FA Cup in 1880, in which Wednesday came out 4-0 winners.
The Owls don’t have the best recent record against Rovers, beating them just once in their last four attempts.
That includes the 1-1 draw that occurred in the reverse fixture earlier this season, but how will tonight’s game play out?
Sheffield Wednesday Form
It was late heartbreak for Darren Moore’s side as they concede an equaliser in the final few minutes against Bristol City at the weekend.
Despite a sending off for The Robins after 20 minutes, Wednesday failed to capitalise on the opportunity and drew the game 1-1.
They are now without a win in three matches, having also accumulated seven points from six games. That means they currently sit in 15th spot in the form table.
Blackburn Rovers Form
Tony Mowbray’s side came from a goal down to defeat relegation battlers, Derby County, 2-1 at home on Saturday.
They have picked up one point fewer than Wednesday (6) from the same amount of games. They now find themselves sitting in 17th spot in the form table.
Blackburn haven’t been great on the road in recent times either, losing five of their last eight away games.
Our Picks For Wednesday Picks – Sheffield Wednesday V Blackburn Rovers
1. Will Sheffield Wednesday score in the first half? Yes
Julian Börner scored in the fourth minute at the weekend and it’s not surprising to see Wednesday score in the opening 45.
They have more goals in the first half compared to the second, with 13 from 21. That’s an average of 0.62 goals scored per first period.
It won’t be easy, though, as Blackburn have kept a clean sheet in the first 45 minutes in 62% of their away games this season.
2. Will Sheffield Wednesday score in the second half? No
The Owls haven’t scored any goals in the second period in any of their last three games.
They have also failed to find the net in the second half in 67% of their matches at Hillsborough this campaign.
The visitors have conceded 15 goals from 21 and are currently averaging 0.71 goals against per second 45.
3. How many goals will Sheffield Wednesday score? 1
Moore’s side had a very good opportunity to score a couple of goals when they played 70 minutes against 10 men on Saturday.
It wasn’t all too surprising to see them score just the one, though. That’s due to the fact that they have scored exactly one goal in 56% of their home games this season.
There is no difference in Blackburn’s defensive record depending on where they play, having conceded the same amount away as they have at home.
With 24 goals conceded from 21 matches, they are averaging 1.14 goals against per game on the road.
4. Will Josh Windass score? No
The midfielder has eight goals to his name so far this campaign, with seven of them coming in the league.
He did set up Börner’s goal at the weekend, but the last time he found the net himself was in the 4-1 loss to QPR recently.
Windass doesn’t have the best record against Blackburn either as he has failed to score in four games against them.
5. How many shots on target will Sheffield Wednesday have? 3
Wednesday were very wasteful on Saturday. They had 20 shots but only tested David Bentley with just four of them.
They have now hit the target 20 times this season, which means they are currently averaging 2.86 shots on target per game.
Thomas Kaminski has been the go-to man for Blackburn between the sticks, playing all but three of their league games this campaign.
In those 39 appearances, he has faced 128 attempts on his goal. That’s an average of 3.28 shots on target against per game.
6. Will Barry Bannan assist a goal? No
Bannan has set up a teammate for a goal six times this season, five of them coming in the Championship.
Just one of those assists have been made since the turn of the year, coming in the 5-0 win against Cardiff.
He does have a decent record against Blackburn, though. In the 11 appearances against them, he has registered five assists.
- How many shots on target will Callum Paterson have? 0
- How many tackles will Josh Börner make? 1
- How many saves will Kieran Westwood make? 3
- How many goals will Sheffield Wednesday concede? 1
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