Sheffield Wednesday host Bristol City in Hillsboro to kick off the EFL Championship earlier on Saturday, at 12:30 AM.
The home side went into Tuesday’s game losing 2-0 to Swansea City. In the first half, goals from Jamal Lowe and Jay Fulton gave Swann all three points. Bristol City was held to a goalless draw by Nottingham Forest last Saturday. Wednesday runs out of time and games to avoid relegation. With just five games remaining, the Owls are 23rd and seven points behind. And Bristol City is in 14th place with 50 points from 41 games so far.
If Ipswich loses to Port Vale on Tuesday night, they could be second on goal difference if they get all three points on Wednesday.
That can’t be guaranteed as Bristol Rovers’ recent resurgence has lifted the club out of the relegation zone and has Joey Barton in his place. While his start was ruled out, Rovers were unbeaten in eight consecutive games at one point, but have since gone from a possible 12 to 10.
This weekend’s draw against Plymouth was even more impressive than their previous three wins. Rovers conceded two goals at the break and took a share of the spoils. While clean sheets remain an issue with just 1 in 12 games, Rovers are now closer to the playoffs than relegation, suggesting that priorities will change in the near future.
Darren Moore’s men are unlikely to attack as this match is too much work for them.
Neither team has been impressive in recent weeks, but they could progress to the next level as the home side needs more points. We expect a comfortable win for Sheffield Wednesday.
Sheffield Wednesday 2 – 0 Bristol City
This will be the 64th meeting between the two sides and Sheffield Wednesday have a much better record in previous matches.
South Yorkshire have won 30 of their previous matches, 15 of which ended in draws. Bristol City had previously won 18.
Their most recent meeting took place on 27 September 2020, with second-half goals from Tommy Rowe and Jamie Paterson helping Bristol City to a 2–0 win. Sheffield Wednesday has won just 2 of their last 13 league games and 2 of their last 5 games. Bristol City is on a five-match unbeaten run but is looking to win again against their hapless hosts.
Sheffield Wednesday Expected XI (3-4-1-2):
Keiren Westwood (GK); Julian Boerner, Tom Lees, Sam Hutchinson; Adam Reach, Joey Pelpessy, Josh Windass, Barry Bannan, Liam Shaw, Liam Palmer; Jordan Rhodes.
Bristol City Predicted XI (4-2-3-1):
Daniel Bentley (GK); Tommy Rowe, Tomas Kalas, Henri Lansbury, Kasey Palmer, Antoine Semenyo, Samuel Pearson; Nahki Wells, Zak Vyner, Danny Simpson; Han-Noah Massengo.
- Both teams to score – LIKELY
- Sheffield Wednesday to win – YES
- 2+ goals in the match – NO
- Clean sheet – LIKELY
where to watch
You can watch this match on: Hulu, Disney+, and ESPN+