Sheffield Wednesday will face Sheffield United at Hillsborough Stadium, in Sheffield in English Championship 35th Round. Sheffield Wednesday against Sheffield United is the match with big interest, as it known like The Steel City Derby (or Sheffield Derby). This most passionate and hotly contested derby started in far 1893/94 season in First Division of England. In whole history these teams met 130 times, United won 46, while Wednesday 42 matches. Now the teams are again playing in the same league and must fight for the honor of their club and fans. Review our thoughts on this match here below.
Sheffield Wednesday is playing middle-class football this season and now stands at 12th positions in Championship. They already played 34 matches, with 12 wins and equal 11 losses and draws. However, they look great in the last 5 home matches, as they won twice and drawn 3 games. They still are able to fight for promotion to Premier League playoffs. Last season Wednesday finished at 15th position with 57 points. As we can see they started to play better and stronger this year. In English Championship they are already playing for 7 years in a row.
All main squad players are fit and ready to face United in this very important and tough game. Lucas Joao, Adam Reach, and Steven Fletcher are goal scoring leaders in the team. Moreover, A. Reach and Barry Bannan are the best assisters in the squad right now. In the defense Tom Lees dominating in the air, as he is winning on average 5.5 aerial duels per match. In addition, Barry Bannan is the main center of the pitch player with most accurate passes 81.8% and gameplay constructor.
This season the Owls are really great at stealing the ball from the opposition, creating long shot opportunities and defending at the home pitch. However, they look weak at finishing scoring chances, avoiding the offside and defending against attacks down the wings. Very likely that they will rotate their first eleven, play in their own half and attack through the middle.
Ona average Wednesday scores 1.2 goals per game, pass with 73.5% accuracy and shoots 11.9 times per match. They already collected 53 yellow and 2 red cards in Championship.
Sheffield United this year look pretty good, as they are one of the favorites for going to Premier League. United stands at 3rd position with 64 points and has 1 game in the pocket and 3 points difference with the first place. That means that every point now is very important for them. In last 5 matches, they have drawn only once and won 4 games. In road games, they are not so successful playing at home, so in the last 5 away matches they lost 1 and two times played a draw. Since they are not participating in the other tournaments, they need to concentrate on getting a ticket to the Premier League.
All squad players are fit and ready to fight in one of the most important matches this season. Billy Sharp is one of the most important players in the squad with 22 scored goals so far. Oliver Norwood (7) and Enda Stevens (6) are the players with most assists. Moreover, Oliver Norwood is the team leader and game constructor in the middle, as he already took 7 MotM awards.
The Blades this season are strong at attacking down the wings, creating chances through individual skill and finishing scoring chances. However, they show weaknesses at protecting the lead and avoiding offside. Very likely, that team will play width, attack down the left and try to control the game in the opposition’s half.
On average they score 1.7 goals per match, pass with 75.7% accuracy and shoot 12.9 times per game. They collected 65 yellow and 1 red card so far.
In the last two season, they played 3 times. Sheffield United won only once in away match at the beginning of 2017/18 season with 4:2 result. Next two matches were very unproductive as they finished with the same 0:0 result. For both clubs, this is a battle of principle, but it’s not bad to draw it.
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