Burton vs Sheffield Wednesday by Luke
Burton didn't start the Championship bid in the best possible way, as the team comes from two straight defeats early in the season. Their game in the opening round was very interesting one, as the team lost to Nottingham Forrest 4:3 on the road, but also disappointed last Saturday evening at home, when they welcomed Bristol City and suffered 1:2 defeat.
The team didn't look that poor, actually had their decent number of chances and on some other day, the score might have been different, however at the same time, they showed some naivity in the defensive lineup and were punished properly with goals in difficult moments. Visiting side took the lead in 44th minute and even though the hosts spent most of the second part trying to equalize which they did in 88th via Naylor, they still conceded the second goal in fourth minute of injury time again via Abraham.
Burton should be playing in 3-5-2 formation with Akins an O'Grady as strikers. Home side has no fresh injury concerns ahead of this game after their defeat away to Bristol City last Saturday evening. Stuart Beavon came as a substitute after recovering from going niggle and might be in contention here.
Sheffield Wednesday, on the other side, will try to repeat similar success from the previous season when they were really close to the Premiership, but lost the big play-off finals game against Hull City 1:0. The side opened up the season with a narrow victory over Aston Villa 1:0 at home, one of the strongest candidates for the promotion in the new season.
In the second round team visited solid Norwich and managed to keep the clean sheet following a goalless draw. It needs to be said that the players from Sheffield did much more on the field and if one of the sides was about to score and make some damage in front of opponents goal, it would surely be the away team. Still, they are now at ninth position, having two points less than leading quarter at the moment and surely aim a victory here in order to stay in touch with the top of the table.
Visitors from Sheffield should be playing in their usual 4-4-2 formation with Hooper and Fletcher as forwards. Offensive midfielder Marco Matias remains injured without playing so far, while doubtful for tonight's game is also central defender Glenn Loovens, closing in on return from an ankle injury. It's not clear whether Fernando Forestieri will play after it was revealed that the player refused to travel to the game against Norwich.
- There have been under 2.5 goals scored in 8 of Sheff Wed's last 10 games (Championship).
Burton didn't play that bad as their current record shows, but the team still had obvious gaps in the defensive line, as they seem a bit short in quality in comparison to Championship sides. Sheffield Wednesday did just fine in previous matches having great concentration in the defense and I believe that the visitors are much closer to celebrate here.