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Wednesday Picks: Sheffield Wednesday V Wycombe Wanderers | Predictions

News February 8, 2021

The Owls welcome Wycombe Wanderers to Hillsborough tomorrow night in the EFL Championship.

Tom Pearce, Wednesday Picks predictor (@tompearce97)

It was a very disappointing weekend for Neil Thompson’s side as they lost 4-1 away to Millwall on Saturday.

Tomorrow’s visitors also didn’t have a great weekend, losing 3-0 at home to Nottingham Forest.

A win for Wednesday could potentially see them out of the bottom three on goal difference until the weekend at least.

This will be just the sixth time these two sides have met each other, the first coming in a League 2 game in 2003 with the Owls winning 2-1.

Wednesday have won three times in this fixture whilst losing just once, as they lost the reverse fixture earlier this season.

How will tomorrow night’s game play out?

We take a look…

In Focus

1. Will Sheffield Wednesday beat Wycombe Wanderers?

The bottom two sides go head to head and a win for Thompson’s side will be big in their fight to stay up.

Wednesday come into the game with two wins from their last three games. They have lost just one of their last nine games at Hillsborough whilst winning the last four.

Wycombe don’t come into this game in good form, with just one win from their last five games in the league.

Gareth Ainsworth side are poor when playing away as well. They have won just one game on the road all season whilst losing each of their last four away games.

2. Will Sheffield Wednesday score in: 30-45

The most popular time for Wednesday to score this season is actually the 15 minutes leading up to half time.

They have managed to score five (26%) of their 19 goals in the league during that time period.

Wycombe have conceded seven (16%) of their goals conceded in the 15 minutes before half time.

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

Callum Patterson put Thompson’s side 1-0 up after 10 minutes on Saturday, that took Wednesday to 12 goals in the first 45 minutes of 27 games.

Half of those 12 goals came at Hillsborough, meaning they are scoring 0.31 goals per first half at home. They have scored in the first 45 minutes in the last three games on home soil as well.

Wycombe have conceded 20 goals in the first 45 minutes of 26 games this season, with 12 of those coming in away games.

That means that Ainsworth’s side are conceding a goal each first half when playing away from home.

4. How many goals will Sheffield Wednesday score? 2

It’s going to be one of the league’s lowest goal-scorers against the league’s worst defence tomorrow night.

Wednesday have scored just 19 goals this season with 10 of those coming at home. They are currently averaging just 0.77 goals per home game.

Wycombe have kept four clean sheets this season with none of them coming in away games.

From 12 games on the road, they have conceded 28 goals from 12 games, averaging 2.33 goals against per away game.

5. Will Callum Paterson score? No

Paterson scored Wednesday’s only goal against Millwall on Saturday, that took his tally up to six in the league for this season.

The reverse fixture was the only time the forward has faced Wycombe so he is yet to score against them.

6. Will Adam Reach assist a goal? No

The midfielder has just two assists from 26 league games this season, the last coming in the 2-1 loss against Norwich in December.

Similar to Paterson, Reach has only faced Wycombe on the one occasion in which he didn’t manage to record an assist.

In Focus

  • How many shots on target will Callum Paterson have? 2
  • How many corners will Sheffield Wednesday be awarded? 4+
  • How many saves will Kieren Westwood make? 3
  • How many tackles will Tom Lees make? 2
  • How many tackles will Sam Hutchinson make? 2
  • Will there be a penalty awarded in the game? No

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