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    03/02/2018 Kick Off:  3:00 pm Hillsborough V Predicted Score:1 - 0

    Away Birmingham City

      Match Summary

      1 Look out for:

      A close call. With so much riding on this game, we could be in for a cagey affair. Wednesday are 11/2 to record a 1-0 victory, while Birmingham are 9/1 to take the spoils by the same margin of victory.

      2 We fancy:

      Wednesday to win to nil at 27/11. The Owls are favourites for the game, while the visitors have only managed to score 19 times in their 29 games so far.

      3 It's a long shot, but…

      Atdhe Nuhiu to score the only goal of the game is 22/1. The Kosovo international has scored three of Wednesday’s last four goals, so he’s in good form and a likely candidate to bag the winner.

      Team News

      Sheffield Wednesday's Last Six:

        Sheffield Wednesday’s last six: Won: 1 Drawn: 3 Lost: 2

        Owls boss Jos Luhukay has three injury worries which have rolled on from December, with Steven Fletcher still struggling with a knee problem. Barry Bannan is expected to be out until early March with a groin injury, while Kieren Westwood is expected back in the near future after hurting his ribs.

        Birmingham City's Last Six:

          Birmingham City’s last six: Won: 3 Drawn: 1 Lost: 2

          For the visitors, goalkeeper Tomasz Kuszczak is back in training after a groin problem of his own, while the match winner last time out against Wednesday, Issac, could make a return from a cruciate injury before the end of the season. Apart from that, Steve Cotterill has a fully fit squad to pick from.

          Sheffield Wednesday vs Birmingham City Betting Tips, Preview & Predictions

          Sheffield Wednesday’s famous Hillsborough Stadium will host this game

          Both of these sides have underperformed so far this season, and only really have survival in the Championship left to play for. Birmingham are in a much more perilous position than Sheffield Wednesday, but victory for the visitors in this one would drag their hosts down into the mire.

          Wednesday are 6/5 to pick up a three points which could take them 10 points clear of the relegation zone, depending on how other results go at the weekend. After losing out in the semi-finals of the play-offs against Huddersfield last term, Owls supporters will hope that their side can at least finish this season strongly and offer some enthusiasm for the next campaign.

          Birmingham are 14/5 for the win, which would bring them to within three points of Wednesday. Considering just three points separate bottom club Burton from 19th placed Barnsley, games against teams towards the foot of the table are crucial for the Blues in their quest to avoid what would be a disastrous drop to League One. The midweek victory over fellow strugglers Sunderland was a huge one, and they’ll be after a repeat in this game.

          There hasn’t been a draw in the last five meetings between these two, but the odds are 9/4 on this game finishing with honours even. It wouldn’t be the worst result for either side bearing in mind Birmingham are away from home, although it would be another demoralising setback for the Hillsborough faithful.

          Jordan Rhodes is the 5/1 favourite to open the scoring, despite struggling for goals this term. The striker only has three for the Owls so far this season, but he could be worth a shout to score in a home win at 5/2. Sam Gallagher is Birmingham’s top scorer with six goals in the Championship, and he’s priced 11/2 for the same bet, and 15/2 to break the deadlock.

          Predicted Score: Sheffield Wednesday 1 - 0 Birmingham City

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