PREVIEW: Preston -v- Wednesday

PREVIEW: Preston -v- Wednesday

Wednesday are on the road today,this time they head to Deepdale, can they keep their recent good results going at in form Preston? 

The Owls kept their place in the top six with their biggest victory of the season, Preston will provide a tougher test.

Last game Opposition Result Shots On target Corners Cards Fouls Possession
WEDNESDAY Brentford(H) W 4-0 15 8 5 0 13 61%
PRESTON Wolves (A) W 2-1 8 3 3 1 12 47%

Wednesday undoubtedly benefited from the 5th minute dismissal of Yoann Barbet for a professional foul as they eased to a 4-0 victory, at one point they could have gone behind but Westwood saved smartly from Judge, Carlos Carvalhal lauded the Owls’ organisation and work ethic.

Preston heaped on the recent misery for Wolverhampton as they came away from Molineux with three points, North End went 2-0 up but had a nervous last quarter of the game as Joe Mason scored for the home side.

Last five games Brentford(h) Birmingham(a) Burnley(h) Shrewsbury(a) Reading(a)
WEDNESDAY W 4-0 W 2-1 D 1-1 L 3-2 D 1-1
Last five games Wolves(a) Huddersfield(h) Derby(a) Brentford(h) Ipswich(a)
PRESTON W 2-1 W 2-1 D 0-0 L 3-1 D 1-1

Wednesday kept their recent strong home form going and in the process became the in form team in the division over the last 10 games having recorded 23 points out of a possible 30, The Owls are aiming to keep in the playoff places but a few optimistic fans have noted automatic isn’t out of the equation yet.

Preston are holding their own in the division after a slow start, North End have lost just once in the last six outings and have got positive results in recent months against Championship powerhouses Hull, Derby and Burnley.

HEAD 2 HEAD WEDNESDAY WINS PRESTON WINS DRAWS
40 40 23

LAST MEETING: 3rd October 2015, Hillsborough, Att – 20,383

Wednesday 3-1 Preston North End

(K.Lee 45,D.Pudil 55,L.McGugan 90)(A.Browne 76)

Wednesday have already conquered North End this term, Lewis McGugan’s long ranger into an empty net put some polish on what was a tight game.

The Owls have a chance to do something they’ve never done before and achieve their fourth successive victory against Preston having recorded a league double over them in 2011/12.

Wednesday’s win at Deepdale on the last day of 2011 was their first win there since 1960 but the Owls have lost just once on their last seven visits to Lancashire.

CARVALHAL’S COHORTS

The Owls received a boost as Glenn Loovens and Sam Hutchinson are back in contention for this one.

Joe Wildsmith won’t return however as he is still struggling with a back problem so Lewis Price will continue to deputise for Keiren Westwood.

WESTWOOD

HUNT

HUNT

SASSO

SASSO

LEES

LEES

PUDIL

PUDIL

WALLACE

WALLACE

LEE

LEE

BANNAN

BANNAN

FORESTIERI

FORESTIERI

HOOPER

HOOPER

NUHIU

NUHIU

KEY PLAYERS

Keiren Westwood has had his injury problems but the increased potency of our attack has led to him not being relied upon as much as he was last term, that being said he’s arguably still the finest goalkeeper in the division and with Preston being amongst the lowest scorers in the division, there is hope he’ll add another clean sheet to his Wednesday total.

Joe Garner hasn’t built upon his hugely successful League One campaign in a side that has struggled to score goals and bar a scoring burst in late November/early December, he’s struggled to find the net, let’s hope the trend continues.

THE BETTING BOX: 5 OF THE BEST

BET Wednesday WIN Preston WIN DRAW Hooper 1st Goal Correct Score 1-1
BEST ODDS 9/5 19/10 23/10 6/1 23/4
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HERE COMES D-JUDGE

We don’t stop at the moment and bar that little blip at Shrewsbury, our form has been good, for now the talk of the top two is optimistic but keep the results up and who knows? Perhaps the best approach is one game at a time for now with no more cup distractions this term.

Preston have been in solid form themselves recently but if our defence and midfield can control the game, we can expose their flaws, namely creating and scoring goals. We’ve made errors at times and due to injuries our back four has lacked continuity on occasions but remedy this and this one could well be there for the taking.

My naturally pessimistic nature thinks an eff-up isn’t far away and this could be it.

VERDICT: 1-1

Danny (D-Good) Owls Alive
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