MATCH PREVIEW:Wednesday -v- Blackburn Rovers

The Owls got another win at Huddersfield,can they make it four wins on the bounce as Blackburn come to S6?

The Owls left it late but got another win as they looked to cement their place in the top six,can they keep the momentum going?

Last game Opposition Result Shots On target Corners Cards Fouls Possession
WEDNESDAY Huddersfield (A) W 1-0 7 3 2 1 16 43%
BLACKBURN Preston (H) L 2-1 6 3 4 4 8 40%

Wednesday left it late but did just enough to snatch the victory in a game of few chances. Huddersfield created more but the Owls chances were of better quality with Wallace forcing Steer into a fine save and McGeady’s effort being cleared off the line by Lynch before Forestieri got on the end of Joao’s cross-shot.

Blackburn came off second best in a local derby against Preston with Shane Duffy’s sending off proving to be a game changing moment. Elliott Ward had put Rovers in front but Duffy handled a goal bound effort and received his marching orders with Garner netting the resulting penalty, Jordan Hugill put PNE in front before the visitors shut up shop and comfortably held out for the win.

Last five games Huddersfield(a) Charlton(h) Forest(a) Brighton(a) Rotherham(h)
WEDNESDAY W 1-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 D 0-0 L 1-0
Last five games Preston(h) Brentford(a) Ipswich(a) Leeds(h) Birmingham(h)
BLACKBURN L 2-1 W 1-0 L 2-0 L 2-1 W 2-0

Wednesday made it four clean sheets on the bounce and it’s over 400 minutes since the Owls’ defence was last breached. The Owls have also climbed to fifth place and with crucial games against Ipswich,Cardiff and Derby coming up, Wednesday’s destiny is in their own hands.

Blackburn have been poor for much of the season but haven’t really suffered for the sale of Jordan Rhodes, they lie in a fairly safe 15th position but haven’t drawn in 12 games.

HEAD 2 HEAD WEDNESDAY WINS BLACKBURN WINS DRAWS
55 54 38

LAST MEETING: 28th November 2015,Ewood Park,Att – 15,837

Blackburn Rovers 2-2 Wednesday

(H.Akpan 5,C.Evans 44)(M.Sougou 38,L.Joao 84)

Wednesday showed plenty of tenacity fighting back twice from a deficit to earn a point at Ewood Park, The Owls recording victories over Blackburn has been a rare happening in recent years with just two Wednesday wins in the last twelve meetings.

Wednesday lost to Blackburn at Hillsborough last season with their last S6 win over the visitors being in April 2013 with Jermaine Johnson taking centre stage.

CARVALHAL’S COHORTS

Barry Bannan completes his suspension as he serves the final match of it, other than that the Owls picked up no fresh injuries at Huddersfield.

Shane Duffy’s red card against Preston means he misses out but Grant Hanley is available after missing the same clash through suspension whilst Jason Lowe is back in contention after a lengthy absence through injury.

WESTWOOD

HUNT

HUNT

LOOVENS

LOOVENS

LEES

LEES

PUDIL

PUDIL

WALLACE

WALLACE

LEE

LEE

LOPEZ

LOPEZ

A chance for Aiden to impress

McGEADY

FORESTIERI

FORESTIERI

HOOPER

HOOPER

KEY PLAYERS

Aiden McGeady hasn’t made the impact expected given his reputation but it took Gary Hooper a while to catch on and if the winger can find form during the final stretch, all his prior inconsistent play will be forgotten about.

Ben Marshall is fondly remembered at S6 for his spell here during the 2011/12 promotion season, his career hasn’t quite kicked on to the heights that some Wednesdayites expected but he’s still a very dangerous customer on his day.

THE BETTING BOX: 5 OF THE BEST

BET Wednesday WIN Blackburn WIN DRAW McGeady 1st Goal Correct Score 2-1
BEST ODDS Evens 7/2 12/5 12/1 9/1
BOOKIES Bookies Badge Coral Paddy Power BetVictor-logo BetVictor-logo BetVictor-logo

HERE COMES D-JUDGE

It’s the final stretch now and we lie on 65 points, just six away from our finest post Premier League haul in 2006/07.

It’s something we’re more than capable of achieving, our home is the strongest it’s been since the Gary Megson days but there’s a month left of the season and we have to keep that going to take our place in the play offs.

We’ve been good all season but this is the sort of game that in recent times could be a “typical Wednesday” where I’d expect them to mess up but there’s a good feeling about this side.

To win we need to approach this with intensity and intelligence, make the most of our chances, put the visitors on the back foot, everything we’ve done right in the last month we continue here.

This could be a magical season but it won’t just come to us, let’s work hard and make it happen.

VERDICT: It’ll be a nervy night but we’ll do it 2-1 Wednesday.


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