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Wednesday Picks: Luton Town V Sheffield Wednesday | Predictions

News February 26, 2021

The Owls travel to Bedfordshire as they take on Luton Town at Kenilworth Road as they go head to head in the Championship tomorrow.

Tom Pearce, Wednesday Picks predictor (@tompearce97)

Neil Thompson’s side lost again on Wednesday as Brentford put three past them to win 3-0.

The hosts were very unlucky not to get all three points in the week as a 95th minute Millwall goal saw the game end 1-1.

A win for Wednesday could potentially lift them out of the bottom three if results go their way.

This will be the 63rd meeting between the two sides, the first coming in 1899 when Wednesday come out resounding 6-0 winners.

It’s not been great for them more recently though, losing both of the last two clashes against Luton, including the reverse fixture earlier this season which ended 1-0.

How will tomorrow’s game play out?

We take a look…

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In Focus

1. Will Sheffield Wednesday score in the first half? No

Thompson’s side have now failed to score in each of their last three games but if their going to score, it’s more likely to come in the first 45 minutes.

They have scored four of their last five goals in the first half, however with just six first period goals on the road all season, things aren’t looking great for Wednesday.

Luton actually have a very good defensive record in the first 45 minutes of games when at Kenilworth Road, conceding just five from 15.

2. Will Sheffield Wednesday score in the second half? No

Things are even bleaker when you look at how many goals Wednesday have scored in the second half of away games this campaign.

With just three goals from 16, they are averaging 0.19 goals per second half on the road.

The hosts have conceded more than double the amount of goals in the second period though, with 12 from 15.

3. How many goals will Sheffield Wednesday score? 0

Whilst Luton have only kept three clean sheets at home this season, Wednesday have failed to score in 56% of their away games.

With just nine goals scored in 16 games on the road, they’re averaging 0.56 goals per away game.

Luton, on the other hand, have conceded 17 goals in 15 games at Kenilworth Road. That means they’re letting in 1.13 goals per home game.

4. Will Jordan Rhodes score? No

The forward has been in the starting XI in 19% of Wednesday’s games and has featured in just 25% of minutes played this campaign.

Those are probably why he has just three goals to his name this season but he has scored a couple of important goals, especially the late winner against Bournemouth.

The forward has played just 10 minutes against Luton in his career, which come in earlier this season so it’s not surprising to see he’s never scored against them before.

5. How many shots on target will Sheffield Wednesday have? 3

There’s no surprise that the Owls have struggled to score in the past few games, managing just six shots on goal in those matches.

Throughout the season, they have tested opposition goalkeepers on 91 occasions, averaging 2.94 shots on target per game.

Simon Sluga and James Shea have shared the minutes between the sticks for Luton this campaign.

Between them, they have faced 112 shots on their goals. That’s an average of 3.6 shots on target against per game.

6. How many shots on target will Barry Bannan have? 0

The Scotsman forced David Raya into just the one save on Wednesday but it’s not often he tests opposition keepers.

This season, Bannan has had just 10 shots on target which means he’s averaging 0.33 shots on goal per game.

Quickfire

  • Will Kadeem Harris assist a goal? No
  • How many goals will Sheffield Wednesday concede? 1
  • How many saves will Sheffield Wednesday goalkeepers make? 3
  • HowHow many tackles will Tom Lees make? 1

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