SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY v QUEENS PARK RANGERS – England Championship
February 23 2016, Hillsborough, 19:45 GMT +0
Sheffield Wednesday, a team we like, and there is a good reason for that. They are a decent team, especially when it come to playing at Hillsborough Stadium, where “The Owls” hold a respective record with only 1 loss in 16 matches. That is something today’s visitors must keep in mind as they travel to South Yorkshire.
Sheffield is coming from a loss against Preston North End (1:0). That game could easily end in Sheffield’s favour, as there were a lot of opportunities for them to score, but sadly they were not converted into goals. Also second yellow card that was given to Forestieri surely helped the home side to score a winning goal. All in all it was a poor performance from Sheffield, but we cannot link it to bad form, but a expression “bump on a road” would be a better description of that match. Before that defeat “The Owls” were without a loss in 7 league matches.
At Hillsborough Stadium Sheffield Wednesday seems to perform spectacularly, beating their opponents by as much as 4 goals. Draws against Burley, Derby Country and Brighton & Hove Albion show that Sheffield is a competitive side against top table teams, so facing a lover ranked team such as QPR shouldn’t be a big problem.
As for missing players for home side, there are 3 players freshly added on the missing player list; Matias, Lopez and Forestieri will all miss this match. The main problem here is that Forestieri is leading scorer for Sheffield, with 12 goals this season and will miss this match due to red card in the last round. But we believe Hooper (10 goals this season) will be able to replace the missing striker.
There are also 3 returning players, Loovens, Hutchinson and McGeady. Loovens and Hutchinson will be a big boost in Sheffield’s defensive line, as they are key defenders for their team.
The visitors have see brighter days. Queen Park Rangers are currently on 12th place in the table and with latest performances, winning only 2 matches out of 10 they surely won’t finish any higher in the table if they do not improve. The away record of “The Hoops” is terrible to say the least (4-5-7) is not that great if we compare it to home record of today’s hosts (10-5-1).
QPR are coming from a draw against 23th placed Bolton Wanderers (1:1), and it could easily end in a loss if Phillips hasn’t scored in the 90′ after some confusion in the hosts backline. It surely was not a great performance from QPR.
As for missing players Hill, Angela and Gobern will all miss this match.
But there is one thing I saved for last. Charlie Austin, the leading scorer for QPR 3 years in a row was sold to Southampton, so QPR will need to find another leading striker, which will take time. That will have a huge effect for QPR, and definitely not a positive one.
In conclusion I believe Sheffield Wednesday has an upper hand in this match and we can expect them to send “The Hoops” home without any points.
Prediction: Sheffield Wednesday -0.5
Odds: 1.94 SBOBET