Sheffield Wednesday vs Derby by Luke
Sheffield Wednesday looked pretty well last time out on Monday evening as the team managed to pull out all three points away from home against QPR following 1:2 victory. It was their fourth consecutive three pointer in championship, as the side also remains undefeated in last five rounds.
They simply did what was needed on Monday evening, getting a stronger entrance into the match and taking the lead in 12th minute via Reach, while Sylla leveled up the result in 20th minute already. Pudil managed to score second in 31st minute, making already final whistle as the visitors didn't have huge amount of dangerous situations in front of own goal later on. They are now at fifth position, having four less than third placed Reading and just two less than out of play-off placed Leeds, meaning this is a must win situation for them.
Home team is set to play in 4-4-2 formation with Hooper and Rhodes as strikers. Midfielder Almen Abdi (16/1) is out injured, while other central midfielder Kieran Lee (23/4) probably remains unfit for this one. Doubtful for today's game is central defender and sometimes central midfielder too, Sam Hutchinson (32/2).
Derby County, on the other side, comes from a point taken in front of own fans against Huddersfield last Monday evening, in quite a passive game between the two sides. Visitors took the lead first in ninth minute via Quaner, in one of rare chances for their side in the game.
Players of Derby looked just a bit more concrete till the end of the match, having a lot more of the ball possession, but also risking more towards the end of the game and they probably get awarded for their fighting spirit, scoring equalizer in 88th minute via Butterfield. The team remained at ninth position at the table having ten points less than sixth placed Fulham meaning that they can already build up for the next season as the side stood without a chance to promote this time.
Visitors will be set in 4-2-3-1 formation, using Bent as their central striker and number nine, but also with offensive help from Ince, Vydra and Anya most likely behind his back. Striker David Nugent missed the previous game with a groin problem and remains doubtful for this one. Injured are defensive midfielder George Thorne (no performance so far anyway), left back Craig Forsyth (3/1), central defender Jason Shackell (8/0) and offensive Nick Blackman (8/1).
- Derby are undefeated in their last 17 matches against Sheff Wed.
Competitive motive should be playing huge role in this one and I'll be going with it. Sheffield are aiming play-off position as higher as possible and I don't see them making a setback now at home, while Derby even though doing fine at the moment, their away form is far away from a convincing one.