Sheffield W. vs Preston by Hassy

Sheffield Wednesday could move within reach of a playoff place when they meet Preston North End in the Championship. A home win would see Preston remain in the drop zone and there is value in backing the host's as such huge odds. While Wednesday’s run of three wins, three draws and three defeats in nine Championship fixtures so far this season is hardly ground-breaking, it has left the club comfortably mid-table (12th) and just three points back from third-place Reading. Carlos Carvalhal’s side to win on Saturday increases further when one accounts for the fact that Wednesday have won their last three matches in a row in all competitions and beat Preston home and away when the sides last met in League One during the 2011/12 campaign.


Defensively, Wednesday have kept two clean sheets in their last four matches – at Newcastle and in the goalless draw against Bolton Wanderers. Sheffield Wednesday forward Fernando Forestieri could return to action in the home game against Preston.


Forestieri has missed the last two games due to a hamstring injury sustained in the recent win against Fulham but has returned to full training this week and will feature unless he suffers a reaction.


Head coach Carlos Carvalhal will also check on the fitness of defender Daniel Pudil, who was forced out of last week's win at Brentford with a similar problem. Defender Jeremy Helan sits out a one-game ban following his dismissal for two yellow-card offences last weekend.


Simon Grayson’s side’s 1-1 draw at home against Wolves last weekend means that they are still without a win since overcoming MK Dons on the second matchday of the Championship season and they have lost four of nine already this season. Preston are seriously struggling to score goals since gaining promotion, with North End having netted just six in the league this term. The worst record of any team in the division. The suspension of Joe Garner after his sending off against Wolves only stiffens the task of scoring goals. Worse still, the Lilywhites have taken only two points from their last six games, with only MK Dons in a poorer run of form.


Preston are without suspended duo Bailey Wright and Joe Garner. The pair were sent off during the 1-1 draw against Wolves last Saturday, with defender Wright now serving a one-match ban and striker Garner sitting out three games.


Manager Simon Grayson is hopeful defender Paul Huntington and forward Paul Gallagher will both be available following hamstring and calf problems respectively.


Right-back Marnick Vermijl will not be able to play against his parent club, while striker Jermaine Beckford (knee) remains a long-term absentee.


The fact that Wednesday’s last two defeats of Preston were to nil combined with the stat that North End have scored only six league goals this term indicates that backing a home win to nil may be a good option but I am more than happy with the odds on offer for a home win so will settle for Wednesday to take all three points.

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Sheffield Wednesday to WIN Bet365 2.20 7 3-1 WON (+8.4 units)
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