Struggling Sheffield Wednesday boss, Carlos Carvalhal faces a tough test as Wolverhampton Wanderers visit Hillsborough in the Sky Bet Championship.
Wolves are top and victory will strengthen their automatic promotion hopes, meanwhile putting Wednesday 24 points behind them.
Jack Hunt and Steven Fletcher are in line for returns to the starting eleven, after missing Saturday’s 3-1 loss at Norwich last weekend.
Wolves have no new injury concerns to report but changes are likely after failing to beat a weak Sunderland side last time out.
Helder Costa and Alfred N’Diaye could be in the starting team after coming off the bench against the Mackems.
Wolves are currently unbeaten since Halloween, scoring 16 goals in seven games (W6, D1). In that period, they have conceded just two goals.
Sheffield Wednesday meanwhile have been inconsistent with a (W2, D4, L1) record across the same period.
The Owls’ goal record however is decent with nine goals but they have leaked in the same number at other end.
This game could well be a tightly fought fixture, given that Sheffield Wednesday are a lot more disciplined and attacking at home than Wolves are away from Molineux.
|Per game average||Sheffield Wednesday (home)||Wolves (away)|
|Shots on Target||4.7||4|
Despite their stronger stats, Wednesday can only draw the same goal average as Wolves.
That suggests that although the Owls will dominate, clinical finishing will be key to the outcome of this match.
Although Wednesday are stronger at home, I can’t see this ending in a draw.
Not having Carvalhal pitch side as he serves an one match ban will also hinder their motivation slightly.
For that reason, I can see Wolves edging this one.
Prediction: Sheffield Wednesday 1-2 Wolverhampton Wanderers
Result: Sheffield Wednesday 0-1 Wolverhampton Wanderers