Balls of Steel

With Sky only having one Premier League game today at tea time, attention turns to the Steel City derby as Sheffield Wednesday host Sheffield United at Hillsborough in the Championship.

With it being the Steel City, which club will have the biggest balls of steel today?


Team News

Wednesday boss, Carlos Carvalhal could welcome Sam Hutchinson and Almen Abdi back from knee injuries.

Defender, Glenn Loovens could also return from his hip injury.

George Boyd and Fernando Forestieri are sidelined with shoulder and knee injuries respectively.

United could be missing their key man in Billy Sharp, who is doubtful with injury.


Owls’ to Lose?

Sheffield Wednesday have lost just one of their last seven home league clashes with United, scoring eight goals in that period.

Since 2001, the Owls has won this fixture whenever its been played on Sunday making them the favourites here.


Key Factors 

Corners will certainly play a huge part here because both teams have similar averages for number of corners so far this season.

Wednesday have had an average of 5.38% corners per game to United’s 5.63% per so expect to see lot of corners here.

Both teams have committed less fouls than of their opposition which could make things interesting, given that its a local derby where pride is everything.

As for when each team is likely to score, the Owls tend to score more in the second half, having seen 60% of their goals come after the break, according to footstats. The Blades however have scored 75% of their goals in the first half compared to 25% after half time.

That stat adds fuel to the fire in terms of how each team approaches this game.

Chris Wilder’s men will be keen to get things rolling in the first half, if want to stand a chance of getting at least a draw towards end of match. Wednesday however can afford to take attacking risks in either half due to a better goal balance per half than the Blades.



Given various factors in play, you have to fancy Wednesday here but if United do keep up their first half goal scoring form, I expect them to get something.

Past meetings might count physiologically but there’s been so many changes since their last clash in February 2012 in League One.

Either way, I am going to say it will be even stevens by the final whistle.

Prediction: Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Sheffield United

Result: Sheffield Wednesday 2-4 Sheffield United


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