MATCH PREVIEW:Bristol City -v- Wednesday

Four wins on the bounce and now the Owls head to the West Country,will the Owls beat the Robins in the battle of the birds?

The Owls didn’t have things all their own way but did enough to get the job done,can they keep this winning run going?

Last game Opposition Result Shots On target Corners Cards Fouls Possession
WEDNESDAY Blackburn (H) W 2-1 17 6 7 1 6 56%
BRISTOL C Rotherham (H) D 1-1 13 6 7 1 11 60%

Wednesday made the most out of Craig Conway’s sending off as they notched up another victory, Conway had put Blackburn ahead but a fortunate deflection saw the Owls level before Conway saw red, Wallace netted the winner and the Owls comfortably held on to get another vital three points.

Bristol City would have preferred the win to ease their relegation worries but a draw was satisfactory after they went behind, in fact the Robins felt hard done by not to win after they controlled possession for much of the game.

Last five games Blackburn(h) Huddersfield(a) Charlton(h) Forest(a) Brighton(a)
WEDNESDAY W 2-1 W 1-0 W 3-0 W 3-0 D 0-0
Last five games Rotherham(h) Hull(a) Bolton(h) Fulham(a) Wolves(a)
BRISTOL C D 1-1 L 4-0 W 6-0 W 2-1 L 2-1

Wednesday made it four wins on the bounce,five unbeaten and have conceded just twice in the last seven games, automatic promotion is unlikely but with six games remaining, the Owls are five points ahead of 7th place Cardiff who still have to journey to Hillsborough.

Bristol City have had an upsurge of form since Lee Johnson arrived at the club from Barnsley, they’re caught in 20th but are just five points adrift of 14th place Brentford and are seven points clear of 22nd place MK Dons.

HEAD 2 HEAD WEDNESDAY WINS BRISTOL CITY WINS DRAWS
25 15 13

LAST MEETING: 8th August 2015,Hillsborough,Att – 23,255

Wednesday 2-0 Bristol City

(T.Lees 60,L.McGugan 71)

It’s been a long time since Tom Lees scored the first Owls goal of the season back in August as the Owls defeated newly promoted Bristol City.

The Owls haven’t had a bad run in Bristol in recent years losing there just once in the last five trips. The last meeting at Ashton Gate saw the Owls go ahead through Jermaine Johnson before the Robins equalised in the last minute.

CARVALHAL’S COHORTS

Barry Bannan is available after completing his suspension.

Glenn Loovens is doubtful after going off midweek through injury, Vincent Sasso replaced him from the bench but Michael Turner is also an option.

Sam Hutchinson is unlikely to return though.

WESTWOOD

HUNT

HUNT

SASSO

SASSO

LEES

LEES

PUDIL

PUDIL

WALLACE

WALLACE

LEE

LEE

LOPEZ

LOPEZ

BANNAN

BANNAN

FORESTIERI

FORESTIERI

HOOPER

HOOPER

KEY PLAYERS

Barry Bannan hasn’t been missed if you look at the results but on the pitch his work rate and energy have been sorely lacking from the Owls midfield, with the Owls being away, controlling the midfield could be crucial and Bannan is key to that happening.

Richard O’Donnell is the man to beat between the sticks and the former Wednesday goalkeeper has had several ports of call since departing Hillsborough in 2012 with him having spells at Chesterfield,Stockport,Walsall and Wigan before landing in the West Country.

THE BETTING BOX: 5 OF THE BEST

BET Wednesday WIN Bristol C WIN DRAW Bannan 1st Goal Correct Score 1-1
BEST ODDS 17/10 15/8 12/5 15/1 6/1
BOOKIES betfair-logo Bookies Badge Skybet BetVictor-logo BetVictor-logo BetVictor-logo

HERE COMES D-JUDGE

The Owls go on their travels again and since the turn of the year, results have improved away from home with Wednesday recording back to back away wins for the first time in the league since August 2014.

It’s another tricky away game but there’s no reason to believe we can’t get a good result here if we just take the approach that’s served us so well in recent games.

One game at a time, one win at a time and the play offs and maybe more will be ours come the end of the season.

VERDICT: I can’t see us making it five wins on the bounce, 1-1.


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