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Wednesday Picks: Sheffield Wednesday V Birmingham City | Predictions

News February 19, 2021

The Owls welcome Birmingham City to Hillsborough for a huge six pointer in EFL Championship action this weekend.

Tom Pearce, Wednesday Picks predictor (@tompearce97)

Neil Thompson’s side fell to defeat in the week, conceding a goal in the last 10 minutes to lose 1-0 away to Stoke.

Blues are coming into this game after another loss as they were beaten 2-0 away to Millwall.

This will be the 101st meeting between the two sides, the first coming in the FA Cup in 1892 which saw Wednesday come out on top in a 2-0 win.

Out of the 100 meetings, the Owls have won 35 of them whilst Birmingham have won 38.

Wednesday have won just one from their last seven against Blues however that did come in the reverse fixture earlier this season.

How will this game play out…

We take a look…

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In Focus

1. Will Sheffield Wednesday beat Birmingham City? Yes

Wednesday are fourth in the form table for the last 10 games whilst Blue sit in 23rd place.

The Owls have won five of their last eight, whilst they have also won all of their last five games at Hillsborough.

Aitor Karanka’s side come into this on the back of three losses on the spin and have just one win from their last 13 games.

The visitors have won four away games this season but have lost each of their last two on the road.

2. How many goals will Sheffield Wednesday score? 2

Despite not scoring in the week, Wednesday are scoring more goals under Thompson with 11 goals in his nine league games in charge.

The Owls have actually scored seven goals in their last five at Hillsborough, averaging 1.4 goals per 90 in that time.

It was the two goals conceded for Blues in the week that meant they came away with nothing.

They don’t tend to concede many away from home but have let in five from the last couple on the road.

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

Thompson’s side have managed to find the back of the net in the first 45 minutes in four of their last five games.

They have scored seven goals in the first half when at home, averaging 0.5 goals scored per first period.

Birmingham conceded in just the third minute on Wednesday meaning they have now conceded 15 goals in the first half this season.

Just five of them have come on the road though as they’re averaging 0.33 goals against per first half in away games.

4. How many shots on target will Sheffield Wednesday have? 4+

In the reverse fixture, Wednesday managed just the three shots on target however, last time out at Hillsborough they tested the Wycombe keeper on eight occasions.

The Owls have had 87 shots on goal this season, averaging three shots on target per game.

Blues have allowed their opposition to have four shots on target in each of their last three games.

They have now had 103 shots taken at their goal. That’s an average of 3.43 shots on target against per game.

5. Will Callum Paterson score? Yes

Paterson is Wednesday’s top goal-scorer this season with seven goals in all competitions.

He has six league goals to his name, the last one coming against Millwall a couple of weeks ago.

This will be the third time the Scotland international will have faced them, with one goal and assist in the previous two games.

6. Will Barry Bannan assist a goal? No

Despite playing against Blues 12 times in his career, Bannan has never made an assist against them. He has scored against them twice though, one of them coming in the reverse fixture.

The Scotsman has four assists in the league this season, the last one coming in the 2-1 win over Middlesbrough in December.

Quickfire

  • 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
  • How many goals will Sheffield Wednesday conceded? 0

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