Mid-Table Sheffield Wednesday look to bounce back from two straight defeats as they play host to Yorkshire rivals Leeds United, who themselves have hit a bad patch of form in recent weeks.
Sheffield Wednesday have finished in the top six for the past two seasons but are currently sitting in mid-table in the Championship table having lost two of their last three.
A seven-match unbeaten run was ended by local rivals Sheffield United last weekend, and that was followed by a 1-0 defeat at struggling Birmingham in midweek.
They will be determined to bounce back with a positive result here, although they face a tough challenge against an extremely good Leeds United team.
Recent League Form – LLDWWD
Leeds made a brilliant start to their league campaign this season, winning five of an unbeaten opening seven matches and keeping six clean sheets.
However, they have lost two of their last three in the league with both of those losses coming away from home.
Defeat at Cardiff City in midweek saw them drop off the top spot and they know they cannot afford any more slip-ups if they want to keep up pressure on those teams above them.
Recent League Form – LWLWWW
Sheffield Wednesday are still without last season’s top scorer Fernando Forestieri, who is out until at least December following knee surgery.
Goalkeeper Keiren Westwood is struggling to regain fitness in time for this fixture so 21-year-old Joe Wildsmith may continue between the sticks.
Leeds United are almost at full-strength, although captain Liam Cooper will miss the trip to Sheffield following his sending off for a second bookable offence at Cardiff in midweek.
Head to Head
This meeting will be the 70th between these sides, with Leeds having the better head to head record with 32 victories. Sheffield Wednesday have beaten their Yorkshire rivals twenty times, while there have also been seventeen draws.
Leeds won both league meetings last season, winning 2-0 away in August 2016 and 1-0 at home in February this year.
Sheffield Wednesday have only won one of the last six meetings, with three Leeds victories and two draws during that time.
Betting Odds and Predictions
Sheffield Wednesday are the slight betting favourites for the victory here, probably due to home advantage and Leeds struggling on their travels in recent weeks.
The home side are priced at 5/4 with Sky Bet, who have the visitors priced at 9/4 and the draw at 23/10. Find here a Sky Bet review.
Having studied all available statistics, we are edging towards Leeds to win this match. They may have lost their last two away games, but they won three on the road in the league before that. They are one of the top scorers in the division, as well as having a solid defence which has kept clean sheets in 60% of league matches this term.
Sheffield Wednesday have managed to keep just one clean sheet so far and will be lacking confidence after losing twice, to their Steel City rivals and a relegation-threatened side, in the past week.
So, the 9/4 for an away victory is an extremely tempting price and one which provides plenty of profit potential.
As a bit of insurance though, we would recommend those punters with any doubt to back the visitors in the Double Chance market. Leeds or Draw is priced at 8/13, which is still pretty decent odds.
There have been over 1.5 goals scored in 100% of Sheffield Wednesday’s home matches this season, and 80% of Leeds’ away games. Therefore, the 4/11 for Over 1.5 Goals here looks to be an almost certain way of gaining a small profit.
Over 2.5 Goals is priced at 11/10, and may be worth a punt. 60% of Wednesday’s home matches, and 40% of Leeds’ away games, have seen at least three goals scored.
With us believing Leeds will win and that there will be a few goals scored, the 9/2 on Leeds and Over 2.5 Goals is a price we cannot ignore.
As for who will score the goals. Kemar Roofe has netted in two of Leeds’ last three away games and is priced at 9/4 to score anytime here, whilst Gary Hooper is priced at 15/8 in the same market and has netted in five of Sheffield Wednesday’s last six matches.
Top Betting Tip
Our top betting tip for this match is Leeds or Draw in the Double Chance market, at odds of 8/13 with Sky Bet.