Stoke City vs Sheffield Wednesday
England – Championship
Date: Thursday, 26 December 2019
Kick-off at 15:00 UK/ 16:00 CET
Venue: Bet365 Stadium (Stoke on Trent).
Take note that the game is between the in-form Sheffield Wednesday, currently placed in the top-three of the league table, and Stoke, in possession of the 23rd spot at present. Suffice it to say, Stoke, who are frontrunners to get relegated at the end of the season, are in for a tough evening at the Bet356 Stadium this Thursday.
Stoke vs Sheffield Wednesday Head-to-head (h2h)
- The last time these two met, Wednesday won 1-0.
- Stoke failed to score a goal in three of the former five clashes.
- Three of the previous four wins went to Sheffield.
- Since 2002, the hosts have won just once at this venue.
Stoke vs Sheffield Wednesday Prediction
Stoke had taken the lead the last match-day on the road. But the hosts Middlesbrough managed to make a comeback and posted the three points at the end of the game with a 2-1 scoreline.
The same game week, Sheffield recorded a tough-fought, narrow 1-0 win at home over Bristol City. Keep note that the winner had come in the 85th minute of the fixture.
This Thursday, right away take into account of the fact that Wednesday are currently in the podium position of the table, while their opposite number are placed 23rd in a table of 24.
It also deserves mentioning that dead-last placed Wigan have a game in hand, and could exchange placed with Stoke, even with a draw.
Moreover, Stoke are the worst home team in the competition, and they have lost 12 of their previous 19 overall match-ups. In front of the home crowd, the team have a total of three wins since the month of February, and keep note that two of these victories had come against the currently 24th placed Wigan, and the recently-promoted Luton.
On the other hand, Wednesday are unbeaten in their last six games, and won four of their previous five. They have also kept clean sheets in their last two matches, and were unbeaten in 11 of their preceding 13 appearances at this venue.
In fact, one of their total two losses in the previous thirteen match-days had come against West Brom, currently the topper of the competition. Furthermore, on the road, the Sheffield outfit are unbeaten in seven of their last ten trips, and they scored thrice or more in two of their prior three road games.
Finally, the last league loss Sheffield had suffered against this opponent came 14 years back, and at this venue, their last such defeat came in 2002.
Taking into account all these observations, Sheffield come out as the favorites. However, to be on the safe side, we will opt for the Double Chance, and the Asian Handicap, and thus improve our chances of returns.
Stoke vs Sheffield Wednesday Betting Tips
Double Chance: Sheffield Wednesday or Draw @ 1.44 (4/9)
Sheffield Wednesday +0.5 Asian Handicap @ 1.50 (1/2).