Championship | Sheffield Wednesday-Preston North End

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Sheffield Wednesday vs Preston North End Match Prediction

By Dean Carr

Sheffield Wednesday host Preston North End at Hillsborough on 03/12/16 as the home side look to break into the Championship’s top six. Our SBAT preview will bring you a form guide, team news and a betting preview.

Sheffield Wednesday Preview

Sheffield Wednesday’s back-to-back away run saw them come away with a more than respectable four points from their trips to Fulham and Wolves. After drawing 1-1 at Craven Cottage, the Owls took maximum points from Molineux thanks to two first-half goals from Fernando Forestieri (pen) and Keiran Lee, moving Carlos Carvahal’s men up to 7th in the Championship table. Compared to last, this season has been much more up and down for Wednesday, who have shown real patches of inconsistency thus far, leaving them out of the automatic promotion playoff picture which most thought they would feature in. Losing the playoff final last term is bound to have left a significant mental stain on their players, although a win and moving into the top six this weekend would provide a real confidence boost. Despite being the favourites here, Wednesday have lost two of their last three matches at Hillsborough - that after winning three in a row - and are very much all or nothing there, having yet to draw on home turf this season. After speculation about his future in the summer, Forestieri now appears focused on the task at hand once again and the illusive Italian will be key to their hopes of achieving promotion this term.

Preston Preview

Preston North End’s season looks set to progress in peaks and troughs, with their recent back-to-back home games coming as a rare period of calm on an up and down campaign. Having been held to a 0-0 draw at home to Wolves, Preston found themselves again unable to pick up three points at Deepdale after the visit of Burton Albion, who frustrated them to a 1-1 draw last time out. Jackson Irvine gave the visitors the lead midway through the first half, before Callum Robinson levelled proceedings on the stroke of half-time. Simon Grayson’s side currently sit 12th in the Championship table, four points off a playoff place and just three points behind their opponents this weekend. A win for Preston here would incredibly see them rise above Wednesday in the table on goal difference, proving just how tight-knit the league is and how quickly things can change. Wednesday could finish the weekend as high as 4th or as low as 12th, dependent on results around the grounds across the weekend. Preston now have the chance to secure three wins in a row away from home for the first time in the Championship since January 2005 and are unbeaten in their previous four on the road, last tasting defeat away in mid-September.

Sheffield Wednesday Team News

Marco Matias (thigh) is ruled out for the hosts in this one. Joe Wildsmith (broken finger), Filipe Melo (knee), Almen Abdi (illness) and Gary Hooper (hamstring) are all doubts, although Modou Sougou could return to action.

Preston Team News

Callum Woods (cruciate ligament) remains a long-term absentee for Preston. Paddy McCarthy (knee), John Welsh and Paul Gallagher (both calf) are all doubts. Striker Jermaine Beckford (thigh) is set to sit this one out.

Betting Tips and Predictions

After a decent run on the road, I’m expecting Sheffield Wednesday to return to their home ground and pick up three points in the process.

Sheffield Wednesday win - 4/5

Fernando Forestieri to score first - 4/1

Probable Lineup

No. Pos Player m kg
1 GK Kieren Westwood 188 92
32 LB Jack Hunt 175 71
12 CD Glenn Loovens 177 74
15 CD Tom Lees 185 78
9 RB Adam Reach 185 73
41 LM Barry Bannan 170 60
5 CM Kieran Lee 185 76
33 RM Ross Wallace 168 63
23 CM Sam Hutchinson 182 73
45 CF Fernando Martin Forestieri 172 67
19 CF Lucas Joao 182 80
No. Pos Player m kg
22 GK Chris Maxwell 183 73
27 LB Alex Baptiste 180 74
5 CD Tom Clarke 180 77
6 CD Bailey Wright 175 85
3 RB Gregory Cunningham 183 70
11 CM Daniel Johnson 174 67
4 CM Ben Pearson 166 71
8 CM Alan Browne 173 71
14 LF Aiden McGeady 178 72
25 CF Jordan Hugill 183 64
37 RF Callum Robinson 178 75