Sheffield Wednesday v Derby County Betting Preview – 22/04/17
Sheffield Wednesday v Derby County Betting Preview
In our Sheffield Wednesday v Derby County betting preview we look at the best possible bets between the two sides.
Carlos Carvalhal’s Sheffield Wednesday will be hoping to bolster their place in the play-offs on Saturday, as they host Gary Rowett’s Derby County at Hillsborough. Sheffield Wednesday are fifth with just two points keeping them in the top six but a lot of faith put into the team’s aim to make it to the play-offs. Fulham, Norwich City and Derby County all remain hot on their tail, so they need to make the most of the lead or someone will take their place. Derby County are looking like a different team since the arrival of Gary Rowett, pushing them up to ninth to achieve a pleasing end to the season with lots to build on for his first full term. The last time these two sides met was at the end of October where struggling Derby won by two goals to nil.
Wednesday are pushing for a second successive play-off final appearance
From the start of the season, everybody expected that Carlos Carvalhal would be intent on getting his Sheffield Wednesday side to finish what they started at the end of last season, where they defied the odds in making it to the play-off final but fell at the very last hurdle. They’re fifth in the table, challenging with Reading, Huddersfield Town and now Fulham for a play-off finish, but they haven’t been quite as dominant or exciting as many had hoped. Criticism aside, they remain inside the top six by two points and have picked up the wins needed to get there. It’s not going to be another test to see whether or not they can keep achieving points, as several teams below them are looking to snatch their place in the dying weeks.
Of all teams in the top few places of the table, Sheffield Wednesday haven’t always been the most entertaining, but getting three points against the likes of Aston Villa, Huddersfield Town, Preston North End, Newcastle United and Norwich City have certainly proven their worth. A key problem has been with a lack of goals coming from the team’s attacking players, which led to Jordan Rhodes and Sam Winnall, who have both failed to set a stamp on the team. Fernando Forestieri continues to be The Owls’ best player for grabbing goals, with twelve finishes and five assists under his belt. Former Sunderland striker Steven Fletcher follows behind the Argentine with nine goals and two assists to his name, but there’s definitely room for improvement.
Gary Rowett has gone unbeaten in five of six games in charge of Derby
It’s not been the best of seasons for Derby County, who have gone through different bouts of up and down form throughout. They started the season with Nigel Pearson at the helm but saw him relieved of his duties by the end of September when things were going quite to plan. Steve McClaren came in to save the day, looking like a clever choice after previously managing the club back in 2013. The Rams went through an unbeaten run of ten games but when their form began to peter out, McClaren was sacked, leaving former Birmingham City manager Gary Rowett to take over. Leading out the side since the middle of March, Rowett has shown some really promising signs, winning three and drawing two of six games in charge.
There hasn’t been a lot of chopping and changing at Pride Park, but the January signing of David Nugent has to be seen as a clever one, coming in from Middlesbrough with plenty of experience in the Championship, where he’s scored five goals and an assist in nine appearances. The Rams’ most exciting player has been Tom Ince, who has been the reason for some of their best performances, scoring thirteen goals and contributing a further five assists. With just three games left to play, the highest Derby can get is within a point of the play-offs even if they win all three fixtures, but things are set up well for next season with Rowett as manager, as he looked to be massively transforming Birmingham City before he was abruptly sacked, so he could be yet to work wonders with the more resourceful Rams.
Sheffield Wednesday (Best priced at 5/6 on Paddy Power) – BET HERE
Both teams to score (Best priced at 6/7 on 188Bet) – BET HERE
Fernando Forestieri to score anytime (Best priced at 3/2 on SkyBet) – BET HERE
Watch highlights from Wednesday’s victory over QPR here: