2018-19 Sky Bet Championship: Week 43

Good Friday sees a blockbuster lineup of Sky Bet Championship action which climaxes at Carrow Road, where Norwich could move to within a win of automatic promotion if can beat Sheffield Wednesday. 

The Canaries need just six points from their last four matches to guarantee promotion, whereas Wednesday must win to realistically keep their play-off hopes alive. 

 

Team news

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Striker, Jordan Rhodes is unavailable for Norwich City because he is ineligble to face his parent club. 

Emiliano Buendia is completing the last of a three match ban but Louis Thompson and Carlton Morris are both available for selection again, after lengthy absences through injury.

Sheffield Wednesday could be without Adam Reach after the midfielder was subbed at Leeds with an Achilles injury. 

Dominic Iorfa (thigh) and Rolando Aarons (ankle) are both back in training but only one is likely to feature on the team sheet. 

 

Form

Norwich enter this match unbeaten in ten but have drawn their last two matches against Wigan and Reading, having won their previous eight beforehand. 

The Canaries however are yet to lose at home since the turn of the New Year with six wins and a draw. 

Sheffield Wednesday meanwhile have won one of their three matches so far this month, after going unbeaten throughout February and March with six draws and five wins. 

Wednesday have also failed to score in three of their last six away trips, taking two points from those occasions before losing 1-0 at Leeds last weekend. 

 

Stat Attack

  • Norwich have lost two of their last seven meetings with Sheffield Wednesday (W3, D2, L2). 
  • The Canaries have kept clean sheets in two of last three home games against Wednesday, only failing to do so in the last such clash when won 3-1 in December 2017. 
  • It has been 23 league games since Norwich last drew blank in a goalless draw at Hull in late November. 
  • Sheffield Wednesday have won their last four league games on Good Friday but only one of those victories came away from home, beating Bournemouth 4-2 at Dean Court. 
  • This is the first Good Friday in three seasons where Norwich won’t face Fulham at Carrow Road, losing on both occasions. 

 

Prediction

After two consecutive draws and with two games in three days this weekend, you have to wonder if defeat here could start to see the wheels unravel for Norwich. 

Sheffield Wednesday however are missing Reach who is arguably their best player, which will minimise their attacking threat quite heavily. 

I am therefore going for a Norwich win but this will be tighter than many are probably expecting, given Wednesday’s impressive Good Friday record. 

Prediction: Norwich City 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday

Result: Norwich City 2-2 Sheffield Wednesday

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