PREVIEW: Birmingham City -v- Wednesday

PREVIEW: Birmingham City -v- Wednesday

After a Tuesday night thriller, can the Owls get their first away win in the West Midlands?

Wednesday gave some of their fans palpitations midweek, hopefully those can be avoided as they travel to Birmingham in search of their first away win.

Can the Owls extend their good run against a side whom they took all six points from last season?

Danny is on the preview.

 

Last game Opposition Result Shots On target Corners Cards Fouls Possession
WEDNESDAY Bristol C (H) W 3-2 17 6 7 2 14 60%
BIRMINGHAM Reading (A) D 0-0 14 5 6 0 9 29%

 

Wednesday avoided being punished for a sluggish first half as they came back from 2-0 down to defeat Bristol City.

Lady luck did smile on them though, after Hutchinson’s professional foul and red card, Bristol City missed a penalty and O’Neil saw red for the visitors after cynically snuffing out an Owls counterattack.

Bannan’s 30 yarder and Lee’s late winner saw the Owls get three points they probably didn’t expect.

Birmingham didn’t have the lions share of possession but looked dangerous with what they did have and perhaps could have nicked a late winner at the Madejski had Fabbrini or Davis converted their chances.

 

 

Last five games Bristol C(h) Wigan(h) Brentford(a) Leeds(h) Burton(a)
WEDNESDAY W 3-2 W 2-1 D 1-1 L 2-0 L 3-1
Last five games Reading(a) Fulham(a) Norwich(h) Wolves(h) Wigan(a)
BIRMINGHAM D 0-0 W 1-0 W 3-0 L 3-1 D 1-1

 

Wednesday are enjoying better form

Wednesday are enjoying better form of late

 

Wednesday are enjoying the difference a week can make, after being 19th pre Wigan, the Owls are now 11th and a point off the top six. The Owls haven’t won on their travels since defeating Huddersfield last April, however.

Birmingham have made an impressive start to the season under Gary Rowett and haven’t conceded in three games, in fact they’ve kept four clean sheets in their seven Championship fixtures.

 

 

HEAD 2 HEAD WEDNESDAY WINS BIRMINGHAM WINS DRAWS
33 34 24

 

LAST MEETING

6th February 2016, St.Andrews, Att – 20,302

Birmingham City 1-2 Wednesday

(C.Donaldson 45)(G.Hooper 77,79)

The last meeting was arguably Wednesday’s best performance of the season as they showed grit, determination and one of the best passing moves of the year to overcome Birmingham.

The Owls have enjoyed a good record against the Blues in recent years having lost just once in the last eight meetings, that loss was a 4-1 hammering in 2013 as Jesse Lingard scored all four against a hapless Dave Jones side.

 

CARVALHAL’S COHORTS

 

Sam Hutchinson misses out as he serves his first suspension of the season, Daniel Pudil is also doubtful, Urby Emanuelson or Jeremy Helan could fill in if the Czech international misses out.

Glenn Loovens should return to fill the gap left by Hutchinson, while Adam Reach looks set to start again.

Forestieri and Wallace are likely to return to the starting line-up.

WESTWOOD

PALMER

PALMER

LOOVENS

LOOVENS

LEES

LEES

EMANUELSON

EMANUELSON

WALLACE

WALLACE

BANNAN

BANNAN

LEE

LEE

REACH

REACH

FORESTIERI

FORESTIERI

FLETCHER

FLETCHER

 

 

 

KEY PLAYERS

 

Steven Fletcher has found the net in the last two games and when available has generally impressed with his hold up play, now he’s scoring too. In an away game, his knack for goal could be crucial.

Michael Morrison looks a different player to the nervous, mistake prone central defender we saw at Hillsborough in 2011. He’s been an ever present in this impressive Birmingham defence but our lads are more than capable of causing him problems.

 

 

 

THE BETTING BOX: 5 OF THE BEST

 

BET Wednesday WIN Birmingham WIN DRAW Fletcher 1st Goal Sending Off in Match
BEST ODDS 31/18 2/1 23/10 7/1 4/1
BOOKIES Marathon Bet logo BetStars BetVictor-logo Bookies Badge Bet365 Bookies Badge Skybet

 

HERE COMES D-JUDGE

 

Two positive results where everything has ended up turning out alright but I can’t be alone in thinking we really can’t continue going behind and expecting to turn it around.

This is the sort of game that Wednesday need to start on the front foot as despite Birmingham’s defensive prowess; goals haven’t come as easily for them.

Control the midfield, playing disciplined football and taking the chances are the keys to Owls victory, hopefully Carlos and the team uses them to unlock victory here.

VERDICT: I got it right last time which is a rarity but I think a 1-1 draw is the likely result here.

Danny
Owls Alive
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Twitter: @OwlsAlive and @MoseleyOwl


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