Sheffield Wednesday face Watford at Vicarage Road on Good Friday, as they go head to head in the Championship.
Tom Pearce, Wednesday Picks predictor (@tompearce97)
This will be the 49th meeting between the two sides, the first coming in 1970 in which The Owls came out 2-1 winners.
The reverse fixture ended as a 0-0 draw back in September, but how will Friday’s game play out?
Sheffield Wednesday Team News & Injuries
Darren Moore will be happy to have Kieron Westwood back after the goalkeeper pulled out of the Barnsley game following an injury in the warm up.
He will still be without a few first team players, though. Moses Odubajo, Cameron Dawson and Chey Dunkley are all set to miss out through injury.
In positive news, Jack Marriot, Sam Hutchinson and Joost Van Aken could all return to the squad for the game.
Watford Team News & Injuries
Xisco will be waiting on a late assessment for key player, Ismaila Sarr, but he will have Tom Cleverley back in the squad.
Club captain, Troy Deeney, has missed the last couple of months and is close to a return, but tomorrow’s game will come to soon.
Sheffield Wednesday Form
Moore’s side came into the international break after a very important win after they beat Barnsley away 2-1.
That was their first win in nine attempts. The Owls have lost four, drawn one and won one in their last six which means they find themselves sitting in 21st place in the form table.
The win against Barnsley was Wednesday’s first win on the road in six games, losing the previous five.
Watford also gained all three points before the international break, beating Birmingham 3-0 at Vicarage Road.
They come into this game in very good form, winning each of their last five games which means they currently sit in second place in the form table.
The Hornets also have a very good recent record at home, winning eight of their last game at Vicarage Road and losing the other one.
Our Picks For Wednesday Picks – Watford V Sheffield Wednesday
1. Will Sheffield Wednesday score in the first half? No
Jordan Rhodes scored Wednesday’s first against Barnsley in the 38th minute over a week ago.
That was just their ninth first-half goal when playing away from home this campaign, averaging 0.47 goals scored in the first half on the road.
Meanwhile, Watford have a very good defensive record. They have kept a clean sheet in the first 45 minutes in 84% of their home games this season.
2. Will Sheffield Wednesday score in the second half? No
The Owls have scored fewer goals in the second half compared to the first when playing on the road.
In fact, they have failed to score in the second period in 79% of their away games this season.
As well as that, Watford have conceded just nine goals from 19 games at home, averaging 0.47 goals against per match at Vicarage Road.
3. Will Jordan Rhodes score? No
The forward scored both of Wednesday’s goals in the win over Barnsley last time out.
That was his fifth and sixth league goal of the season with half of them coming in his last three appearances.
This will be the eighth time Rhodes will have come up against Watford in his career, scoring just two goals in the previous seven games against them.
4. How many goals will Sheffield Wednesday score? 0
Despite scoring two against a very in-form Barnsley, it’s going to be a more difficult test on Friday.
It wouldn’t be a surprise to see them fail to score, having done so in over half of their away games this campaign.
Watford also have a very good defensive record, keeping 10 clean sheets from 19 games at home.
With just 12 goals conceded, they are currently averaging 0.63 goals against per game at Vicarage Road.
5. Will Barry Bannan assist a goal? No
Bannan has set up his teammates on five occasions this season, with four of them coming in the Championship.
It’s been a long time since his last assist as well, having gone without one in his last 15 league games.
This will be his sixth appearance against Watford, registering just the one assist in his last five against them.
6. How many shots on target will Callum Paterson have? 0
Paterson failed to even have a shot in the game against Barnsley, let alone testing the goalkeeper.
He has had 40 attempts so far this season, hitting the target with 18 of them. That means he is currently averaging 0.7 shots on goal per game.
- How many corners will Sheffield Wednesday be awarded? 3
- Will Josh Windass score? No
- How many shots on target will Adam Reach have? 0
- How many goals will Sheffield Wednesday concede? 2
- How many saves will Kieren Westwood make? 4+
- How many tackles will Joey Pelupessy make? 2
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