Sheffield Wednesday welcome Nottingham Forest to Hillsborough this weekend as they go head to head in the Championship.
Tom Pearce, Wednesday Picks predictor (@tompearce97)
This will be the 148th meeting between the two sides, with the first coming in the FA Cup in 1883, which ended up a 2-2 draw.
Wednesday have been very good against Forest for the past few years, winning nine of the last 12 meetings.
However, The Reds came out on top in the most recent meeting, as they won 2-0 in the reverse fixture.
How will tomorrow’s game play out, though?
Sheffield Wednesday Form
Two goals in the last 20 minutes saw Wednesday come out 3-1 losers against Middlesbrough last time out.
They have now won just two from their last six, picking up seven points from a possible 18. They now find themselves in 16th in the form table.
The Owls are unbeaten in their last couple at Hillsborough, drawing one and winning their last home game against Blackburn.
Nottingham Forest Form
Lewis Grabban scored just his sixth goal of the season for Forest to draw 1-1 at home to Stoke at the weekend.
They have lost just once in their last six matches, accumulating nine points from 18. That means they currently sit in 11th place in the form table.
Forest are also unbeaten in their last four games on the road, however three of them ended in draws.
Our Picks For Wednesday Picks – Sheffield Wednesday v Nottingham Forest
1. Will Sheffield Wednesday score in the first half? Yes
Josh Windass levelled the scoring from the spot after 39 minutes at the weekend and it wouldn’t be a surprise to see Wednesday score in the opening 45 again on Saturday.
In fact, they have scored in the first period in 50% of their home games this campaign.
It won’t be an easy task, though. Forest have conceded just eight from 22, averaging 0.36 goals against per first half on the road.
2. Will Sheffield Wednesday score in the second half? No
It’s not often Wednesday score in both halves, doing so in just 9% of their home games this season.
They have also only scored eight from 22, which is an average of 0.36 goals scored per second half at home.
Meanwhile, Forest have kept a clean sheet in the second period in 50% of their away games this campaign.
3. How many goals will Sheffield Wednesday score? 1
Darren Moore’s side have scored just one goal in four of their last five games and it doesn’t come as a shock.
That’s because they have scored exactly one goal in 59% of their home games this season.
Forest have also in four of their last five games so Wednesday have a good chance of finding the net.
With six clean sheets and 21 goals conceded, they are currently averaging 0.95 goals against per away game.
4. How many goals will Sheffield Wednesday concede? 0
This game means so much more to Wednesday and the fact that they are battling against Forest’s main rivals, that could play a part.
The Owls kept Blackburn out last time at Hillsbrough, keeping their 10th clean sheet of the season.
As well as that, Forest have a very poor goalscoring record when they play on the road this campaign.
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see them shoot a blank, as they have failed to score in 41% of their away games.
5. Will Josh Windass score? No
The midfielder is going through somewhat of a purple patch at the minute, scoring three goals in his last five games.
He has now got 10 goals to his name this campaign, with all but one of them coming in the league.
He doesn’t have the best record against Forest, though, scoring just one in four games against them.
6. Will Barry Bannan assist a goal? No
The Scotsman had four assists coming into 2021, however, since then he has set up just one goal.
That came in the 5-0 win over Cardiff at the start of last month, but he doesn’t set up goals frequently.
As well as that, he has only registered two assists against Forest, despite making 13 appearances against them.
- How many shots on target will Adam Reach have? 1
- How many tackles will Sam Hutchinson make? 2
- How many saves will Kieren Westwood make? 3
- Will Sheffield Wednesday beat Nottingham Forest? Yes
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