Hillsborough hosts an intriguing matchup this Saturday between two of the Championship’s more promising promotion contenders.
The teams in question – Sheffield Wednesday and Swansea City – remain separated by a mere four points in the proceedings, which happens to be a pretty apt picture of the kind of form both sides have been in.
For the hosts though, they come up against a side empowered by a thrilling comeback against Wigan Athletic last weekend. Which is why our Sheffield Wednesday vs Swansea predictions are wagering in their favour.
Sure, it may not be in line with our 2019/20 Championship preview, but it’s been an intense start to the new season. And there’s every chance that this Saturday’s game will be just as end-to-end…
Sheffield Wednesday vs Swansea Predictions
The Owls may not be too far away from the top of the Championship table, but the slender four-point gap doesn’t reveal all about their defensive insecurities this season – the kind that came to light against Blackburn Rovers last weekend.
Indeed, the game itself was an extraordinary one that saw both sides produce moments of attacking brilliance in the dying moments of the game.
Yet ultimately, Tony Mowbray’s men showed their resilience to come back from a goal down and halt Wednesday’s march up the table.
And they were party aided by Gary Monk’s side via a lack of coherence in and around the back four, leading to the visitor’s late goals.
Conversions from Tosin Adarabioyo and John Buckley sealed the win for Rovers. Meanwhile, Wednesday were left with the bitter taste of regret of having allowed Rovers back into the game after Jacob Murphy’s 83rd-minute goal.
If such defensive ineptitude springs up again, our Sheffield Wednesday vs Swansea predictions forecasts another defeat for the hosts. And what’s more troubling is that the Hillsborough regulars will be facing a side more talented and more in-form than Mowbray and his men.
Sure, the Swans have had to graft for their points in the last few weeks, but just like Rovers, that never-say-die attitude has got them over the line in plenty of games, and they have the talent to do that and more against Steve Coopers’ men this weekend.
You only had to watch their performance against Wigan Athletic to understand where our projections derive from.
From the likes of Nathan Dyer – who kickstarted the scoring – to Connor Robert and of course Sam Surridge with the winning goal, the Swans picked their moments carefully to clinch the three points.
It wasn’t easy pickings, and evidently so given that Wigan dominated for large swathes of the game. Through Jamal Lowe and Kieffer Moore, the Latic’s could’ve had plenty of goals aside from the one they did net thanks to the latter man.
But it was Surridge and Swansea who persisted on the attacking forefront to come away with a clever victory.
All the visitors must do against Wednesday this weekend is channel that same spirit and they’ll be on their way to another win on the road.
Sheffield Wednesday vs Swansea Head To Head
Given that Wednesday have only won once in the last six fixtures against this Saturday’s opponents, there’s real scope in punting on our Sheffield Wednesday vs Swansea predictions.
Indeed, the only time they emerged triumphantly was in the most recent tie earlier this year in February, which normally provides the real proof.
But ever since that particular clash, the Swans have grown in strength, addressed defensive issues, and become ruthless in their attack.
So much so that it wouldn’t be all too surprising if we saw a repeat of the kind of defeat – 2-0, 2-1 and more – Monk’s men were fielding in a few seasons ago.
Sheffield Wednesday Team News
For Monk, meeting his former employers couldn’t have come at a worse time, given that he’ll be without a few key players.
Spearheading the list is the fan-favourite Barry Bannan, who’s been nursing a hip/groin injury.
The news is particularly disheartening as the Scotsman has been a regular starter for Wednesday this season and a key man to his side’s successes this season.
But having picked up the injury, Monk will instead have to field in Kieran Lee – not an ideal understudy given that he makes his first championship start since September.
However, the return of Julian Börner should bolster the mood around Hillsborough stadium. Especially given that the centre-half has made a surprisingly speedy recovery from ankle injuries galore.
And he comes in for Sam Hutchinson, who’ll move further up the pitch into midfield – a move that our Sheffield Wednesday vs Swansea predictions forecast will lead to plenty of attacking contributions from the latter man.
Swansea Team News
There’s even more promising news for Cooper and co given that the injury concerns surrounding Joe Rodon have finally cleared up.
Confirmation coming out of the camp regarding his operation does mean that he’ll be out for around three months. Indeed, while the clarification will have eased frustration for fans, Rodon’s absence is just as frustrating given that he’s had an excellent start to the season.
But with successful rehabilitation, that period of time could be cut shorter. And with the Welshman back in the action, the team can only go from strength to strength.
Sheffield Wednesday vs Swansea Betting Tips
Even the betting tipsters are wagering in the favour of the Swans, with the odds trading at 47/20.
And it really does provide the punters with food for thought, given that a draw is wagering around the same numbers in our Sheffield Wednesday vs Swansea predictions and match bets.
Meanwhile, the host’s chances of a win aren’t looking very good (6/5) and it may be wiser to follow in the footsteps of our projections and spend your money wisely.