PREVIEW | Birmingham -v- Wednesday

PREVIEW | Birmingham -v- Wednesday

It’s negative time again.

After spending a very brief period flirting with the edge of the playoffs, Wednesday have lost two games in a row, which means we’re now officially awful again.

The team is maddeningly inconsistent, which only serves to make the fans even more fickle as time goes by.

Expectations remain ludicrously high somehow, to the point where having lost at home to Boro (a team who are surely destined for promotion under the ever-efficient Tony Pulis), I heard several fans stating Jos simply had to go, to make way for someone who knows this league.

Steve Bruce failed at Villa having spent about £100m, so he’d obviously guide Wednesday to promotion on a shoe-string budget in the short term.

 

Owls Team News

Matias sees red at Hillsborough last year

The injury list remains massive, and is added to by Daniel Pudil’s kick to the face at Loftus Road (no penalty, obviously).

Thorniley will hopefully have shaken off his knock to be fit to replace him.

I think Wednesday fans everywhere will be praying Matias or Forestieri makes it back in time for the Sheffield derby, but neither will make the trip to the midlands.

 

The Opponent’s Camp

Garry Monk seems to be making a minor success of things at Birmingham, following his slightly harsh sacking by Boro last season.

Jutkiewicz and former blade Che Adams have fired the blues up into 12th, with the possibility of flying as high as 7th if they win against the Owls and other results go their way.

I struggle to see them finishing much above mid-table personally, but any team will fancy giving it a go in this mental league.

 

Last five Games

Wednesday

Wednesday 1 – 1 Leeds

Wednesday 2 – 2 West Brom

Bristol 1 – 2 Wednesday

Wednesday 1 – 2 Boro

QPR 3 – 0 Wednesday

Birmingham

Birmingham 2 -2 Ipswich

Brentford 1 – 1 Birmingham

Birmingham 3 – 1 Rotherham

Stoke 0 – 1 Birmingham

Birmingham 2 – 1 Reading

 

Head to Head

Wednesday wins: 34

Captain material?

Draws: 24

Birmingham wins: 37

 

Predicted Lineup

GK: Cam Dawson

RWB: Liam Palmer

CB: Tom Lees (C)

CB: Michael Hector

CB: Jordan Thorniley

LWB: Matt Penney

CM: Josh Onomah

CM: Barry Bannan

RW: Adam Reach

LW: Lucas Joao

ST: Steven Fletcher

 

Matt’s prediction – Defeat

Everyone’s being negative anyway so I might as well predict a defeat.

Maybe we’ll be pleasantly surprised by a draw.

1-0 Birmingham

Scoreboard 

Matt 7 – 8 Real Life


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