Sheffield Wednesday’s slim hopes of reaching the play-offs are still alive, as they welcome to the Hillsborough a West Bromwich Albion side looking for their first goal since the Championship season resumed. The hosts are 13th in the standings with 52 points, while the visitors are 2nd with 71 points.
Wednesday got back to winning ways over the weekend with a 2-1 win over Bristol City. They start this round eight points behind the top-six and with seven rounds still remaining, their chances are mathematically alive. However, only two wins in their last 12 Championship matches speak of a side with sliding fortunes. This sequence saw the hosts draw four and lose six matches, thereby complicating their play-off chances. Even their home form has been tumbling, with just one win in their last eight Championship home matches. During this period, they have lost six matches and three of those losses saw them concede at least three goals.
West Brom lost 1-0 to Brentford over the weekend making them winless in four games, drawing and losing two. Furthermore, the ‘Baggies’ haven’t scored during this period marking a barren period for the promotion chasers. That stat looks even more damning if you consider the fact that West Brom remain the division’s second-best scorers with 64 goals. That said, West Brom’s fortune is still in their hands and there was good and bad news for them on Tuesday evening. The good news was that leaders Leeds United were held to a home draw by Luton Town. A win for West Brom in this game will take them to within a point of United. The bad news was that third-placed Brentford won at Reading, closing the gap between them and West Brom to just two points. Albion definitely need something from this game in hand on Brentford. West Brom's away record has been impressive this season and is the best among all sides. The visitors have lost two of their last six Championship away matches while winning three but will hope for a turn of the tide.
Sheffield Wednesday picked up a win over the weekend to keep their slim play-offs chances alive. West Brom, on the other hand, are still looking to break their scoring duck. That, along with Sheffield Wednesday’s home record makes under 2.5 goals pick a prudent one.