MATCH PREVIEW:Wolverhampton Wanderers -v- Wednesday

Fresh off qualifying for the playoff lottery, Wednesday finish out their league season at Molineux, does no pressure mean no victory or will the Owls end the season strongly?

There’ll be a sell out allocation of Wednesday fans at Molineux, can the Owls prepare them for the play offs?

Last game Opposition Result Shots On target Corners Cards Fouls Possession
WEDNESDAY Cardiff (H) W 3-0 17 5 6 1 6 59%
WOLVES Forest (A) D 1-1 12 2 7 0 9 42%

Wednesday rose to the occasion and dispatched Cardiff with minimum fuss turning on the style in the process, Gary Hooper was a handful all afternoon and could easily have gone home with a hat-trick as the Owls thrived in the backing of 30,000 Wednesdayites at S6.

Wolves played out a draw at the City Ground in what was described as “typical end of season fare” – Gary Gardner’s free kick gave Forest a share of the spoils after Joe Mason had put Wolves in front.

Last five games Cardiff(h) Derby(a) MK Dons(h) Ipswich(h) Bristol C(a)
WEDNESDAY W 3-0 D 1-1 D 0-0 D 1-1 L 4-1
Last five games Forest(a) Rotherham(h) Leeds(a) Hull(a) Blackburn(h)
WOLVES D 1-1 D 0-0 L 2-1 L 2-1 D 0-0

Wednesday finally secured their place in the top six with victory against the only team that could catch them in Cardiff City. The Owls also know their opponent in the semi finals of the end of season lottery with either Middlesbrough or Brighton & Hove Albion coming to Hillsborough on the 13th of May.

Wolves haven’t won in five and haven’t scored at Molineux since the 8th of March playing out four consecutive goalless draws in front of their own fans. They stand 14th but could sneak into the top half with a victory and Leeds and QPR both losing.

HEAD 2 HEAD WEDNESDAY WINS WOLVES WINS DRAWS
37 46 30

LAST MEETING: 20th December 2015, Hillsborough, Att – 19,529

Wednesday 4-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers

(F.Forestieri 20 (pen),25,D.Pudil 59,G.Hooper 90)(B.Afobe 16 (pen))

Wednesday recorded their first Hillsborough victory over Wolves since 1964 as they triumphed over Kenny Jackett’s men last time out.

Victories over Wolves have been a pretty rare sight for Owls fans in recent times though, their last win before December’s victory was in March 2006 at Molineux as Deon Burton and Marcus Tudgay were amongst the goals as the Owls won 3-1.

Wednesday have lost on their last three trips to Molineux and will hope to reverse that trend here.

CARVALHAL’S COHORTS

Ross Wallace serves the final match of his ban but Carlos Carvalhal will ring the changes here with Keiren Westwood, Barry Bannan, Fernando Forestieri, Kieran Lee and Gary Hooper all likely to be rested, Sam Hutchinson will be likely kept on the sidelines too.

Of course that gives the fringe players a chance to impress with two massive games looming.

Wolves will be without Mike Williamson,Michal Zyro,Nouha Dicko and Jordan Graham.

WILDSMITH

PALMER

PALMER

LOOVENS

LOOVENS

LEES

LEES

HELAN

HELAN

MATIAS

MATIAS

LOPEZ

LOPEZ

McGUGAN

McGUGAN

SEMEDO

SEMEDO

McGEADY

McGEADY

NUHIU

NUHIU

KEY PLAYERS

Jose Semedo is one of the few survivors of the 2012 League One promotion, he could move on at the end of the season and the Wednesday faithful could be given the chance to say goodbye to the cult hero, at his best the Portuguese midfielder was a stopper being the pivot of the side, snuffing out opposition attacks and feeding the ball to Owls players who can, he’s been overtaken in the side but he’s far from an afterthought in the hearts of fans, his dedication and love for all things SWFC have ensured he’ll be held in the highest regard here for a long time.

James Henry has chipped in with a few goals this season in a side that hasn’t had a 10 league goal striker (that will change if Afobe scores) this season, the midfielder can be a handful on his day and our defence will have to watch him.

THE BETTING BOX: 5 OF THE BEST

BET Wednesday WIN Wolves WIN DRAW Semedo 1st Goal Correct Score 0-0
BEST ODDS 11/5 11/8 13/5 40/1 10/1
BOOKIES Bookies Badge Bet365 Bookies Badge Totesport BetVictor-logo BetVictor-logo


HERE COMES D-JUDGE

It’s the season finale, the warm up to the main event of the playoffs and whilst this is a weakened Wednesday side, a lot of the fringe players have their opportunity to be in Carlos Carvalhal’s thoughts going forward.

This is a pressure free game with nothing on the line so lets relax, do our thing and just go out and play football in front of 4,000+ Wednesday fans.

It won’t be easy as Wolves will look to end their goalless run at home but if we do lose don’t throw the baby out with the bathwater and say our hopes are done, they’re far from done.

VERDICT: I don’t have a clue how things will play out so I’ll just go 0-0

Danny
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