Sheffield Wednesday vs Cardiff by Luke
Sheffield Wednesday surprised pretty much everyone last Saturday evening when the team welcomed firstly placed Newcastle back then and managed to take all three points in a 2:1 victory. That game wasn't very interesting at first, since neither of the sides risked a lot.
However, everything changed with the second halftime when Sheffield took the lead in 59th minute via Lees, while Fletcher doubled up their lead in 68th minute. Guests had much more of the ball possession and chances created till the end, but only managed to reduce the deficit in 88th minute via Shelvey. Sheffield is now at sixth position at the moment, having two points more than seventh placed Fulham and remains in a must win situation here.
Home side is set to play in 4-4-2 formation with Hooper and Fletcher as forwards. Central defender Glenn Loovens (29/1) is doubtful for this one, same as defensive midfielder Sam Hutchinson (32/2). Injured remain midfielders Almen Abdi (16/1) and Kieran Lee (23/4).
Cardiff, on the other side, comes also from a 2:1 victory at home against Brentford last Saturday evening. However, the game wasn't that easy for them, since the guests took the lead in 42nd minute via Canos, but the home team rose their level of performance in the repetition.
Players of Brentford remained with a bit more of the ball possession in the second halftime as well, but the hosts were way more concrete in attack, scoring an equalizer in 47th minute via Morrison, while Whittingham broke visiting defense in 76th minute for the final result. Cardiff is now at fourteenth position without promotional chances, but also without being threatened by relegation worries.
Visitors will be playing in 4-4-1-1 formation with Zohore as central striker, plus Whittingham as offensive midfielder. Right back and sometimes central defender Lee Peltier (26/0) is injured, same as forward Rhys Healey (7/1). Central defender Sol Bamba (26/2) is doubtful, same as forward Rickie Lambert (16/4).
Sheffield Wednesday now seems to be in a perfect momentum since the team comes from two straight victories away to Rotherham and at home against Newcastle United. They are fighting hard in the promotional race and their competitive motive should be playing big role in this game. Home team anyway has more of individual quality in order to prevail here, even if it's hard.