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Wednesday Picks: Stoke City V Sheffield Wednesday | Predictions

News February 15, 2021

The Owls travel to Staffordshire tomorrow night to take on Stoke City at the Bet536 Stadium in the EFL Championship.

Tom Pearce, Wednesday Picks predictor (@tompearce97)

The weekends game against Swansea City was called off so Neil Thompson’s side come into this on the back of the 2-0 win over Wycombe Wanderers last Tuesday.

The hosts did play on Saturday but they were beaten comfortably by Norwich, losing 4-1 away from home.

Wednesday did drop back into the bottom three on Saturday but a win tomorrow could push them out of relegation spots but that’s only if results go their way.

This will the 97th meeting between the two sides, the first coming in the old Division One back in 1892 in which Stoke come out 2-0 winners.

Wednesday have won 40% of the meetings, beating tomorrow’s hosts on 38 occasions.

The last five games involving the two teams has seen just one win for either side, with the other three games ending as draws.

The reverse fixture earlier this season finished 0-0, but how will tomorrow night’s game play out?

We take a look…

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In Focus

1. Will Wednesday beat Stoke City? No

The Owls come into this game in decent form, the 2-0 win last weekend meant that Wednesday have won five from their last seven in the league.

Their form away from home isn’t great though. They have won just three games on the road in the league this season, with two of those coming in the first three away games.

Stoke are in very poor form and will be looking for their first league win in nine games, however from those nine they have only lost three.

Michael O’Neill’s side have failed to win in their last four on home soil, losing and drawing twice.

2. Will Sheffield Wednesday score in: 60-74

Just a few weeks ago, the timings of Wednesday’s goals were split very evenly with three goals in five of the six 15 minute time periods. A few goals later and there’s been a shift.

Wednesday have still only managed three (14%) of their goals scored this season between the 60-74 minute time period.

The thing with Stoke is that they have conceded most of their goals between these 15 minutes.

They have let in nine (27%) of their goals against this season in that time.

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

An Adam Reach goal in the 76th minute last time out meant that Wednesday had scored second half goals in two of their last three games.

Away from home, the Owls haven’t scored many goals in the second 45 minutes. They have found the net just three times, averaging 0.21 goals scored in the second half per away game.

Meanwhile Stoke have conceded five more in the second 45 than they have in the first when playing at the Bet365.

With 12 goals conceded from 14, they are currently averaging 0.86 goals against per second half at home.

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

With eight shots on target against Wycombe, the Owls have now tested opposition goalkeepers 85 times.

They are currently averaging 3.03 shots on goal per game but in the last five games that has been upped slightly, rising to 3.8 shots on target per game.

There have been three goalkeepers that have played between the sticks for Stoke this season.

They have faced 85 shots on their goal, that’s an average of 2.93 shots on target against per game.

5. Will Sheffield Wednesday keep a clean sheet? No

The Owls’ defensive record is much worse away than it is when they’re at home, keeping just two clean sheets from 14 on the road.

Meanwhile Stoke do tend to score when they’re playing at the Bet365, failing to score in just 3 of their home games this season.

6. Will Callum Paterson score? No

With seven goals in all competitions for Paterson this season, he is currently Wednesday’s top goal-scorer.

He has scored six of those seven in the league with the last coming in the 4-1 loss to Millwall.

This will be the third time the forward has faced Stoke but he failed to score in the previous two games against them.

Quickfire

  • Will Kadeem Harris assist a goal? No
  • How many shots on target will Adam Reach have? 1
  • How many tackles will Sam Hutchinson make? 3
  • How many saves will Kieren Westwood make? 4+

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