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Wednesday Picks: AFC Bournemouth V Sheffield Wednesday | Predictions

News February 1, 2021

The Owls travel to the South Coast tomorrow night as they take on Bournemouth at the Vitality Stadium in EFL Championship action.

Tom Pearce, Wednesday Picks predictor (@tompearce97)

Neil Thompson’s side come into the game on the back of the 1-0 win at home to Preston at the weekend.

Bournemouth didn’t have quite as good a weekend as they lost out 3-1 away to Reading on Friday night.

A win over the Cherries could bring Wednesday a point off safety with a game in hand over a few of the teams above them, as long as results go their way.

This will be the 22nd meeting between the two sides, the first coming in 1928 which saw Wednesday win 3-0 in the FA Cup.

It’s been very even over the years, both sides have won seven games against each other whilst there has also been seven draws.

The reverse fixture from earlier on in the season saw the Owls pick up all three points as they won 1-0.

How will tomorrow night’s game play out?

We take a look…

In Focus

1. Will Sheffield Wednesday beat Bournemouth? No

It’s going to be a much tighter game than the league table suggests, especially as Wednesday beat Bournemouth earlier this season.

The Owls come into this game in decent form, losing just one of their last six games in the league.

Bournemouth’s form however, isn’t great. They are without a win in four league games, losing the last three.

The Cherries’ home form is good though, winning seven of their 12 home games in the league and losing just twice at the Vitality.

2. Will Sheffield Wednesday score in: 31-45

Liam Palmer scored Wednesday’s only goal on Saturday and it come in the final stages of the first half.

Most of the Owls’ goals have actually come in that time period, with 25% of their goals coming in the final 15 minutes of the first half.

Bournemouth also conceded a goal in the final few minutes of the first half as Lucas Joao scored in the 43rd minute.

That was the eighth goal they had conceded in the final 15 minutes of first halves, more than any other time period in games.

3. Will Sheffield Wednesday score in the first half? Yes

Wednesday have managed just the four goals in first halves of away games this season, but that’s still twice as many as in the second half.

They are currently averaging just 0.33 goals per first period when playing on the road.

There’s no difference in when Bournemouth concede their goals when playing at home.

They have conceded five goals in the first half of games at the Vitality, averaging 0.42 goals against per first half at home.

4. How many goals will Sheffield Wednesday score? 1

It’s safe to say that Wednesday have found it difficult to put the ball in the back of the net this season, scoring just 16 league goals.

They have also scored just the single goal in eight of their last 13 games in the Championship.

It’s not going to be easy to break Bournemouth down as only three teams have conceded less than their 24 goals against this season.

Wednesday managed to score the one goal last time against the Cherries and Jason Tindall’s side are currently averaging 0.83 goals conceded per home game.

5. Will Callum Paterson score? No

Paterson has just four league goals for Wednesday this season but he is still the top goal-scorer.

The Englishman’s last goal came in the 1-0 win over Derby at the start of last month.

He has three appearances against tomorrow’s opposition but has failed to score against them.

6. Will Barry Bannan assist a goal? No

The Scottish midfielder was the only goal-scorer in the last game against Bournemouth, scoring from the penalty spot.

He also has the most amount of assists for Wednesday this season with four, the last coming in the 2-1 win over Middlesbrough in December.

Bannan has played twice against Bournemouth in his career but didn’t get an assist in either of those games.

Quickfire

  • How many tackles will Tom Lees make? 2
  • How many tackles will Sam Hutchinson make? 2
  • How many shots on target will Josh Windass have? 0
  • Will Josh Windass score? No
  • How many saves will Sheffield goalkeepers make? 4+
  • Will there be a penalty awarded in the game? No

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