MATCH PREVIEW:Derby County -v- Wednesday

Lady luck smiled on Wednesday again midweek, 6 points clear, 3 games left, what the Owls need? A trip to bogey side Derby County.

The Owls lost their touch in front of goal, can they rediscover it when they need it most at the iPro?

Last game Opposition Result Shots On target Corners Cards Fouls Possession
WEDNESDAY MK Dons (H) D 0-0 20 4 10 5 17 56%
DERBY Bristol C (A) W 3-2 15 7 6 1 5 50%

Wednesday couldn’t break MK Dons despite numerous chances to do so, hitting the post on more than one occasion, poor finishing aside, the referee was the unfortunate talking point amongst Owls fans as Fernando Forestieri continues to be seen as the sinner rather than the sinned against.

Derby ensured their place in the play offs as they took advantage of Bristol City’s enthusiastic but error strewn approach, in truth the Rams had much the better of the game and deserved their 3-2 victory.

Last five games MK Dons(h) Ipswich(h) Bristol C(a) Blackburn(h) Huddersfield(a)
WEDNESDAY D 0-0 D 1-1 L 4-1 W 2-1 W 1-0
Last five games Bristol C(a) Charlton(a) Bolton(h) Hull(h) Cardiff(a)
DERBY W 3-2 W 1-0 W 4-1 W 4-0 L 2-1

Wednesday have stuttered in the last three games but thankfully the chasing pack have lost momentum at the same time, The Owls are six points clear with three games to go with a vastly superior goal difference to 7th placed Cardiff, of course the Owls have chosen to make the fans sweat but whatever happens from here, it’ll be our best placing since dropping out of the top flight in 2000.

Derby have won their last four and looked dangerous whilst doing so netting twelve goals in those victories, the Rams have conceded just twice in their last seven home games with the MK Dons the last team to come away from the iPro with three points.

HEAD 2 HEAD WEDNESDAY WINS DERBY WINS DRAWS
42 49 37

LAST MEETING: 6th December 2015,Hillsborough,Att – 19,252

Wednesday 0-0 Derby County

In recent times wins over Derby for Wednesday are as rare as snow in July, it’s been a decade since the Owls last recorded victory over the Rams as they won 2-0 at Pride Park in April 2006 to record a double, before the 2005/06 double, it was March 1990 when the Owls last defeated the Rams in league competition.

there have been plenty of lowlights in our visits to Derby, the Owls took the lead twice there last term and lost 3-2, the infamous 3-3 draw in 1999/2000, there’s been plenty of pain for Wednesday in the East Midlands.

A rare good result (that 2-0 win aside) was on the first day of the 2012/13 season as the newly promoted Owls fought back from 2-0 down in front of 6,000 Wednesdayites to salvage a 2-2 draw.

CARVALHAL’S COHORTS

Ross Wallace will miss the next three games after his foolish sending off, Jeremy Helan has also been recalled from his loan spell at Wolverhampton Wanderers to cover for Joe Bennett’s absence.

Barry Bannan has been named in the PFA Championship Team of the Year whilst friend of the referee Fernando Forestieri came in at number 5 in a list of the 15 top Championship players (won by Burnley’s Andre Gray)

WESTWOOD

HUNT

HUNT

LOOVENS

LOOVENS

LEES

LEES

PUDIL

PUDIL

Marco Matias Wednesday player 2016 THUMB

MATIAS

LEE

LEE

BANNAN

BANNAN

FORESTIERI

FORESTIERI

NUHIU

NUHIU

HOOPER

HOOPER

KEY PLAYERS

Kieran Lee will certainly need his touch to be golden for Wednesday to prosper at the iPro, perhaps the player who has progressed the most this season, Lee has just quietly gone about his business and made a huge impact being an effective foil to Bannan and Forestieri, these three will have to be at the peak of their game to win here.

Jacob Butterfield is a quality part of the Derby side and has made a contribution since arriving from Huddersfield in the August transfer window, the Lee-Butterfield battle for control of the midfield and feeding the flair players could be the difference maker here.

THE BETTING BOX: 5 OF THE BEST

BET Wednesday WIN Derby WIN DRAW Lee 1st Goal Correct Score 1-3
BEST ODDS 58/19 21/20 5/2 18/1 16/1
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HERE COMES D-JUDGE

We can argue the toss about the referee all we like, truth is though the Owls should have beaten the MK Dons but were wasteful and when the pressure’s on that just won’t cut it. Ross Wallace’s foolish sending off has deprived us of a useful part of our squad for three games yet we haven’t been punished.

It’s a nervous end to the season but one thing we can’t afford to do is treat Derby like a free pass and hope Cardiff drop points or we luck into a result against either Cardiff or Wolverhampton. Our fate is in our hands and we can go a long way to sealing it with a win here.

Against Derby we can’t afford to not take our chances, we will be punished for wastefulness in front of goal so let’s play with that intensity,intelligence and be ruthless and we have a cracking chance.

Let’s not forget Derby are an excellent side full of talent though so if the worst happens let’s not throw the baby out with the bath water.

VERDICT: I have a bad feeling about this one 3-1 Derby.


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