MATCH PREVIEW: Wednesday -v- Brentford

MATCH PREVIEW: Wednesday -v- Brentford

Wednesday recorded a huge win at Birmingham last time out, can they avoid getting stung by the Bees as they return to Hillsborough?

The Owls returned to the top six with victory against Birmingham City at St. Andrews.

Can they hold on to their play-off berth as Brentford come to town?

Last game Opposition Result Shots On target Corners Cards Fouls Possession
WEDNESDAY Birmingham(A) W 2-1 16 5 8 3 11 53%
BRENTFORD Brighton (A) L 3-0 8 1 6 1 9 65%

Wednesday triumphed but it could well be a pyrrhic victory as Kieran Lee, Keiren Westwood and Sam Hutchinson were lost to injury as the match-day progressed. The Owls fell behind as Clayton Donaldson opened the scoring but the introduction of Atdhe Nuhiu was game changing as the Owls turned it round in a few minutes and held on to record what could be a massive three points come May.

Brentford had the lions share of possession but did precious little with it as they succumbed to a 3-0 defeat at Brighton with Anthony Knockaert being the star of the show for Brighton, rumoured SWFC target Alan Judge went close when it was 2-0 but Brentford failed to score.

Last five games Birmingham(a) Burnley(h) Shrewsbury(a) Reading(a) Leeds(h)
WEDNESDAY W 2-1 D 1-1 L 3-2 D 1-1 W 2-0
Last five games Brighton(a) Leeds(h) Preston(a) Burnley(h) Middlesbrough(h)
BRENTFORD L 3-0 D 1-1 W 3-1 L 3-1 L 1-0

Wednesday recorded just their fourth away league win of the season at St. Andrews but Hillsborough has brought the Owls far more joy, only table topping Middlesbrough have left S6 with a victory this term, Middlesbrough and Bolton are the only sides who’ve scored more than one Hillsborough goal against the Owls.

Brentford are in the midst of a sticky patch having won just once in 2016, that being said they’re the highest scorers in the division away from home and with only Hull and Burnley scoring more home goals than the Owls, perhaps goals could be in store.

HEAD 2 HEAD WEDNESDAY WINS BRENTFORD WINS DRAWS
12 9 12

LAST MEETING: 26th September 2015, Griffin Park, Att – 9,756

Brentford 1-2 Wednesday

(A. Judge 77; A. Nuhiu 37 pen, L. Joao 90)

Wednesday are unbeaten in their last five meetings against Brentford. Lucas Joao secured what could be classed as a fortunate victory last time out.

Kieran Lee’s goal against the Bees gave the Owls a rare Hillsborough triumph last term.

CARVALHAL’S COHORTS

Keiren Westwood’s injury doesn’t appear to be as bad as was first feared and he should continue between the sticks.

Kieran Lee and Sam Hutchinson face late fitness tests but Glenn Loovens is likely to miss out.

WESTWOOD

HUNT

HUNT

SASSO

SASSO

LEES

LEES

PUDIL

PUDIL

WALLACE

WALLACE

McGUGAN

McGUGAN

BANNAN

BANNAN

FORESTIERI

FORESTIERI

HOOPER

HOOPER

NUHIU

NUHIU

KEY PLAYERS

Gary Hooper is perhaps the hottest striker in the division at the moment having scored nine goals in his last ten outings, his instinct for the net has been what the Owls have lacked for a long, long time – long may it continue!

Alan Judge is enjoying a fine season and it’s not hard to see why he’s attracting interest from other clubs, the attacking midfielder is the Bees’ top scorer with twelve league goals this term.

THE BETTING BOX: 5 OF THE BEST

BET Wednesday WIN Brentford WIN DRAW Hooper 1st Goal Correct Score 3-2
BEST ODDS 11/10 3/1 28/11 11/2 28/1
BOOKIES Bookies Badge Skybet Bookies Badge Bet365 Marathon Bet logo Paddy Power BetVictor-logo

HERE COMES D-JUDGE

We got the win but it came at a cost, we’re used to losing Sam Hutchinson but Kieran Lee has been one of the unsung stars this term and his absence could be felt, on the other hand it’s a chance for Lewis McGugan to step up, he’s one of the few who emerged unscathed from the Shrewsbury debacle and he could step up here.

Brentford haven’t been in the best of form recently but they still have to be treated with respect, they’re a good footballing outfit and can if given the opportunity pass rings around us.

That being said with Bannan and Forestieri we can do the same to anyone else, Nuhiu proved to be a key asset with his hold up play and it could well be needed here, I sense goals in this game.

VERDICT: 3-2 to the Owls

Danny (D-Good) Owls Alive
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One Comment

  1. come to st andrews and rip our seats up again and you will be destroyed you bunch of muppetts

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