Sheffield Wednesday vs Burton by Luke
Sheffield Wednesday responded well after two consecutive defeats (in front of own fans against Brentford and on the road against Leeds previously) as the team won convincingly over Norwich and humiliated the opponent a bit in their 5:1 victory. They had a good start into the match and took the double lead with goals from Wallace and Rhodes in 15th and 22nd minute, while the guests temporarily reduced in 38th via Jerome, however with Fox re-installing the double lead before the halftime whistle.
Rhodes and Forestieri scored one each in the second halftime for very convincing victory of the home team, as the side looked very effective in offense and generally didn't spend much time with the ball to their feet, especially towards the end of the game as they were fully satisfied with the result. Sheffield is now at sixth position with five points more than Fulham and a game more played, meaning that they are in a really must win position for now.
Defensive midfielder Sam Hutchison is doubtful for this one, since he had to leave the field earlier in their victory over Norwich, with midfielder Almen Abdi probably missing the game with an injury picked up in training last week. Central defender Tom Lees (27/0) and midfielder Kieran Lee (23/4) are sidelined with injuries. Forward Gary Hooper (17/5) is also sidelined for this one.
Burton, on the other side, comes from yet another draw, their third in a row last weekend, as the team managed to walk away with a point in a goalless draw away to Bristol City on Saturday evening. The game itself wasn't that interesting, but it needs to be said that the players of Bristol City did create more chances and had more of the ball possession, surely deserving more than a point in this clash.
However, visitors stood well in the defense, with very little creativity upfront, but it's nothing new for them when playing abroad, since they have 2-7-9 record away with only sixteen goals scored. They are undefeated in last four, as the side continues to reside in the second part of the table - currently having just three points more than red zone placed Bristol City and can't afford to take any match in a relaxed way.
Forward Michael Kightly (4/3) missed the previous game and remains doubtful for this one. Central defender and sometimes left back Damien McCrory (13/0) is doubtful, same as defensive midfielder Lucas Akins (29/3) both being injury concerns.
- There have been under 2.5 goals scored in Burton's last 3 games (Championship).
Burton is quite a defensive minded team on the road and I don't see them being very threatening in front of opponents' fans. Sheffield Wednesday remains favorite and I believe theyll get the three pointer, but in not that effective game.