PREVIEW: Wednesday -v- Nottingham Forest

PREVIEW: Wednesday -v- Nottingham Forest

After throwing points away last weekend in the Midlands, can the Owls get back on track?

Forest are the visitors to S6 as Wednesday aim to push higher in the Championship.

Sam Hutchinson is back after suspension; while Urby Emanuelson could be set to feature for the first time for his new club.

Last game Opposition Result Shots On target Corners Cards Fouls Possession
WEDNESDAY Birmingham (A) L 2-1 11 2 2 3 18 55%
FOREST Arsenal (H) L 4-0 11 2 2 3 12 39%

 

Wednesday suffered a second city set back

Wednesday were at the centre of late drama again but this time it was against them as they conceded the late winner.

The Owls had gone ahead with less than 15 minutes to play but a mental lapse from Keiren Westwood led to an equaliser and slack marking led to a late winner.

Forest received a shellacking in the League Cup by Arsenal, Xhaka’s stunning strike set the tone as the Gunners ended up comfortable winners.

Things could have been different had ex-Arsenal man Nicklas Bendtner converted a chance when the Gunners only led by one.

 

 

Last five games Birmingham(a) Bristol C(h) Wigan(h) Brentford(a) Leeds(h)
WEDNESDAY L 2-1 W 3-2 W 2-1 D 1-1 L 2-0
Last five games Arsenal(h) Norwich(h) Rotherham(a) Aston Villa(a) Leeds(h)
FOREST L 4-0 L 2-1 D 2-2 D 2-2 W 3-1

 

 

Wednesday are 14th after an inconsistent start to the season, only Leeds have kept the Owls out of the net but conversely Wednesday have kept just two clean sheets, both in the first two league games of the season.

Forest haven’t won in four games and are yet to keep a clean sheet this term, the Tricky Trees aren’t that tricky to unlock having conceded 17 goals in the league so far this term.

Forest’s inconsistencies could be down to inconsistency in the line up, 34 changes have been made so far this season to the starting XI.

 

 

HEAD 2 HEAD WEDNESDAY WINS FOREST WINS DRAWS
58 53 27

 

LAST MEETING

12th March 2016,The City Ground,Att – 20,690

Nottingham Forest 0-3 Sheffield Wednesday

(A.McGeady 30,G.Hooper 62,M.Matias 85)

A win at the City Ground saw Wednesday complete a league double over Forest for the first time since 1996/97.

Wednesday have won the last three meetings and haven’t conceded, before those they hadn’t won in seven against the Reds.

Wednesday will hope there won’t be a repeat of the meeting in April 1995 where Forest put seven past the Owls at S6 but Middlesbrough were the last team to score more than two at Hillsborough and that was last August.

 

CARVALHAL’S COHORTS

 

Jeremy Helan has retired to devote himself to religion, we wish him all the best.

Daniel Pudil faces a late fitness test, Adam Reach will continue to fill in if he fails, Sam Hutchinson returns from suspension and could slot straight into the line up.

Britt Assombalonga misses out for Forest but Bendtner could make his first Championship start at Hillsborough.

WestwoodPreview

WESTWOOD

PALMER

PALMER

LEES

HUTCHINSON

REACH

REACH

WALLACE

LEE

LEE

ABDI

ABDI

BANNAN

BANNAN

HOOPER

HOOPER

FLETCHER

FLETCHER

 

 

 

 

KEY PLAYERS

Keiren Westwood has been the epitome of consistency for two seasons but in recent games, lapses have started coming into his game, while it isn’t time to drop him yet, improvement is needed against a Forest side that has goal potential.

Apostolos Vellos has chipped in with three goals this term, with Forest being potent from set pieces, the 6 foot 3 Greek striker can be a nuisance to our defenders.

 

 

 

THE BETTING BOX: 5 OF THE BEST

BET Wednesday WIN Forest WIN DRAW Fletcher 1st Goal BTTS
BEST ODDS 13/19 21/4 31/10 6/1 10/11
BOOKIES Marathon Bet logo 888 SPORT logo bookies BetVictor-logo Paddy Power 888 SPORT logo bookies

 

HERE COMES D-JUDGE

We were the masters of our own downfall last weekend and as long as we keep conceding sloppy goals the Owls won’t win many games.

Carlos Carvalhal’s style isn’t defending but when we’re not really scoring at the other end it becomes a bit of a problem. That’s not to say it is an unfixable situation, it is but the boss needs to identify his strongest eleven and sharpish.

We come up against a Forest side not too dissimilar to ourselves, capable of scoring, shaky defensively and a lack of strength in midfield.

At home we should get it right but you don’t know with us.

VERDICT: Jutkiewicz denied me two straight correct predictions but I think we’re good for a win, 3-1 

Danny
Owls Alive
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