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Wednesday Picks: Millwall V Sheffield Wednesday | Predictions

News February 5, 2021

The Owls travel down to the capital as they play Millwall at The Den on Saturday in the EFL Championship.

Tom Pearce, Wednesday Picks predictor (@tompearce97)

It was a good night for Neil Thompson’s side on Tuesday as they got three important points away to Bournemouth in a 2-1 win.

Millwall also had a game in the week, they drew 0-0 at home to table toppers Norwich City on Tuesday.

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

This will be the 51st meeting between the two sides, the first a 1-1 draw in the FA Cup in 1906.

Wednesday have come out winners on 20 occasions whereas Millwall have won 15 of those games.

There have been three draws from the last five fixtures between the two teams, including the 0-0 draw in the reverse fixture earlier this season.

How will tomorrow’s game play out?

We take a look…

In Focus

1. Will Sheffield Wednesday beat Millwall? No

A late Jordan Rhodes goal saw Thompson’s side record their second back to back win since the start of his tenure.

That was their first away win in 10 attempts though and just their third win on the road all season.

Millwall do love a draw, drawing 14 games this season, the highest amount in the league. All of their last three games have ended up without a winner.

It’s no different when they’re playing at The Den either, with nine of their 13 home games ending in draws.

2. Will Sheffield Wednesday score in: 15-29

There’s not a lot of difference in when Wednesday tend to score their goals with four fifteen minute time periods seeing the same amount of goals.

Between the 16-30 minute period, the Owls have managed to score just three (17%) of their goals in this time.

The thing is, this is when Millwall have conceded most of their goals, with six (24%) of their goals against coming in that time.

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

When Wednesday and Millwall are involved in games, there doesn’t tend to be many goals scored.

Rhodes’ goal late in the second period on Tuesday was just the third goal the Owls have scored in the second half of away games. They are averaging 0.23 goals per second period in each game on the road.

Millwall have actually conceded more goals in the second half than they have in the first.

They have let in seven goals from 13 games in the second period at home, averaging 0.54 goals against in that time.

4. How many goals will Sheffield Wednesday score? 1

The two goals scored in the week took Wednesday’s tally up to 18 in the league for the season.

Eight of those have come away from home, averaging just 0.62 goals per game on the road.

This season, Millwall have defended better at The Den than they have in away games, conceding a goal less at home despite playing fewer games there.

They have currently conceded 12 goals from 13 games on home soil, averaging just 0.92 goals against per game at The Den.

5. Will Callum Paterson score? No

The Scotland international bagged the opening goal in the week which took his tally for the season up to six in all competitions.

This will just be the second time Paterson faces Millwall, failing to score in the previous outing against them

6. Will Barry Bannan assist a goal? No

Bannan has got four assists to his name this season, the last coming in the 2-1 victory over Middlesbrough in December.

The Scotsman has faced tomorrow’s opponents on six occasions in his career but has failed to record an assist in any of those games.

Quickfire

  • Will Elias Kachunga score? No
  • Will Adam Reach assist a goal? No
  • How many shots on target will Barry Bannan have? 1
  • How many tackles will Joey Pelupessy make? 2
  • How many tackles will Sam Hutchinson make? 2
  • How many saves will Kieren Westwood make? 4+

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