Sheffield Wednesday vs Derby County
English League Championship
Date: Tuesday, 13th February 2018
Kick-off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Hillsborough (Sheffield).
Sheffield Wednesday are a side in disarray and they stand a tall order in Tuesday’s Championship fixture against the second placed Derby County.
The Owls earned a 1-1 draw at Barnsley on the weekend, but their win-less run is stretched to 7 matches. They are currently 17th in the standings and the recent win-less run is bitter blow to the team confidence.
Jos Luhukay, who took over the reins from Carlos Carvalhal had somewhat managed to repair the damages with a point coming from 4 of their last 5 matches. Yet, the team is unsettled or haven’t reached its full potential, which will be a serious problem while coming against a team inform like Derby County.
The Rams are second in the standings, but they have little room for error with four teams behind them lying at a 6-point gap. It is a tight race for automatic promotion spot and therefore, Derby cannot afford to drop points against teams sitting at the bottom half of the table.
Form-wise, Derby are coming in good spirits. They drew Norwich 1-1 on the weekend to take the unbeaten streak to 12 games. Moreover, they are a real force to reckon in away games. They are unbeaten in the last 11 road games, accumulating 6 wins and 5 draws in the process.
Sheffield Wednesday vs Derby County: Head-to-head
Derby have a strong h2h record against Wednesday, having lost just once during the last 19 meetings in all competitions. The defeat happened in the corresponding fixture of last season. While the remaining 18 games are split across 10 wins and 8 draws.
However, the teams had drawn too many at the Hillsborough stadium, 4 of last 7, while Wednesday bagged 1 win and Derby won twice.
Sheffield Wednesday vs Derby County: Prediction
The decline of Sheffield Wednesday can be traced back to the days of replacing Carlos Carvalhal. And the new manager Jos Luhukay is yet to find the perfect combination with the side. The team remain without a win in 7 Championship games, which will have an adverse effect on their morale.
Derby on the other hand will be coming with the intention of bagging full three points as they want to remain at the second position in the table. The team is unbeaten in 12 league games and their away record is nothing but superb. Therefore, I see this game going down as a narrow away win.