MATCH PREVIEW:Derby County -v- Wednesday

The Owls got the job done against QPR, now can they get a rare victory at Derby County or will the Midlands side ram some goals past the Owls?

The Owls have kicked into life after a slow start, can they cement their place in the top six here?

Last game Opposition Result Shots On target Corners Cards Fouls Possession
WEDNESDAY  QPR(H) W 1-0 13 2 5 1 8 55%
DERBY Huddersfield (A) L 1-0 7 2 5 1 12 47%

Wednesday defeated QPR last time out at Hillsborough as Gary Hooper swept home just before half time, as usual the Owls had the majority of the possession but as R’s manager Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink pointed out for all the possession, Wednesday don’t work opposition goalkeepers enough, it was enough here but against better will it be?

Derby may have felt hard done by to concede in the last throes of the game at the John Smiths Stadium but Huddersfield were superior in most departments, Matej Vydra spurned two good opportunities to put the Rams ahead.

Last five games QPR(h) Cardiff(a) Huddersfield(a) Brighton(h) Blackburn(a)
WEDNESDAY W 1-0 D 1-1 W 1-0 L 2-1 W 1-0
Last five games Huddersfield(a) Brentford(h) Leeds(h) Reading(a) Cardiff(a)
DERBY L 1-0 D 0-0 W 1-0 D 1-1 W 2-0

Wednesday have got steadily better after a slow start to the season and have lost just twice in their last eight fixtures, their away form has improved of late as well as the Owls are now unbeaten in three road fixtures.

Derby have been the disappointment of the season so far as the Rams currently languish in 21st place, highly fancied to contend this season it just hasn’t happened for the Rams, Steve McClaren is back for another go at the job.

HEAD 2 HEAD WEDNESDAY WINS DERBY WINS DRAWS
  42 49 38

LAST MEETING

23rd April 2016,iPro Stadium AKA Pride Park,Att – 31,825

Derby County 1-1 Wednesday

(D.Bent 82)(B.Bannan 69)

Barry Bannan scored a cracker last time out but it wasn’t enough as Darren Bent equalised with less than 10 minutes to go.

The Owls have not defeated the Rams in their last sixteen attempts, you have to look back to the final day of the 2005/06 season for the Owls’ last win over Derby as Marcus Tudgay and Leon Best scored in a 2-0 win, to date their only win at the iPro/Pride Park.

That’s not to say there hasn’t been memorable times at Pride Park, 6,000 Wednesdayites descended on Derby for the opening day of the 2012/13 season and despite going 2-0 down, a Chris O’Grady long ranger and a last gasp Reda Johnson goal saw the Owls fans go home happy.

CARVALHAL’S COHORTS

Keiren Westwood is hoping to be available again after missing the QPR game, should he not make it, Cameron Dawson will continue to deputise.

Liam Palmer signed a new contract midweek and could come back into the side at right back.

Derby will be without Will Hughes who serves a suspension and Craig Bryson is doubtful with injury.

WestwoodPreview

WESTWOOD

PALMER

PALMER

LEES

HUTCHINSON

HUTCHINSON

PUDIL

PUDIL

BANNAN

BANNAN

LEE

LEE

JONES

JONES

REACH

REACH

FORESTIERI

FORESTIERI

HOOPER

HOOPER

KEY PLAYERS

Gary Hooper has taken his opportunities of late having scored three and made an assist in the last few games. with the increased competition for his spot, Hooper needs to keep this streak going as long as possible (that being said no-one has scored more goals at this level in 2016 than Hooper).

Cyrus Christie is one of Derby’s ever presents, shoring up a back line partnering Richard Keogh and protecting Scott Carson in goal, Rams games have generally been low scoring affairs so if the Owls can best him and score a couple, the chances of a win will be better.

THE BETTING BOX: 5 OF THE BEST

BET Wednesday WIN Derby WIN DRAW Hooper 1st Goal BTTS
BEST ODDS 21/10 31/20 9/4 7/1 Evens
BOOKIES Bookies Badge Sportingbet BetVictor-logo betfair-logo Bookies Badge Bet365 Bookies Badge Hills

HERE COMES D-JUDGE

Over the years a fixture against Derby has generally filled us with dread given they’ve had our number for a long time but if there was ever a time to play them and get a win it’d be now.

Their squad has massively underachieved and I doubt things will get that much better under Steve McClaren, few will forget how Derby collapsed late on a couple of years ago and were barely good enough to scrape past Stuart Gray’s average Owls side.

That being said, Derby still have enough talent to hurt us but the opposite is also true, if we have a plan and nail it to perfection,we can finally come away from here with a victory. I still think Derby will find some poxy way to get a draw though.

VERDICT: 1-1

Danny
Owls Alive
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Twitter: @OwlsAlive and @MoseleyOwl


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