Sheffield Wednesday vs Burton Albion
English Football League Championship
Date: 7th March 2017, Tuesday
Kick off at 19:45 UK/ 20:45 CET
Venue: Hillsborough Stadium (Sheffield).
Sheffield Wednesday earned a vital victory in the play-off race when they bullied Norwich City by a 5-1 margin last weekend. Yet, nothing is concrete as Fulham is closing in from a 3 point distance. The positive is that they have moved 8 points clear-off Norwich and the two teams above them – Reading and Leeds are inside a 3 point gap.
The Owls suffered back to back defeats before their win against Norwich. They lost 1-0 away at Leeds before the 1-2 loss at home to Brentford.
The defeat to Brentford is Wednesday’s fourth home loss this season. They are the fifth best home team in the league after garnering points from 17 games so far. Also, the fourth best team in goal scored to conceded ratio in home matches.
Burton Albion are three points above the relegation zone on the back of some vital recent in recent weeks. They are unbeaten in the last four matches with 3 draws and a win.
The Brewers are coming from a goal-less draw away at Bristol City. This is their second in the space of three matches that saw a 0-0 scoreline, both coming away from home. However, their overall away record is a poor one as they managed just 2 wins from their 18 matches so far.
Sheffield Wednesday vs Burton Albion: Head-to-head
The only previous Championship meeting between the two sides was in the reverse leg of the current campaign. It finished with a surprise win for Burton by a 3-1 margin.
Sheffield Wednesday vs Burton Albion: Prediction
Sheffield Wednesday will be keen to carry on the momentum and move up the table to ensure they remain in the play-off zone. On the back of a strong home record, they definitely got the goods, but they need to keep going for another 9 games.
There is only a thin line between Burton’s survival in the Championship and life in the League One. They are an improved side and will be coming in good spirits after managing to pick up points in 4 consecutive matches. Moreover, they will take some confidence from the 3-1 win over Sheffield in their first meeting of the season.
But on current form, one must doubt if Burton have go what it takes to stop a Sheffield assault here.