Bristol City v Sheffield Wednesday Betting Tips & Preview – Sunday 7th October 2018

Only goal difference separates play-off hopefuls Bristol City and Sheffield Wednesday coming into this match. On paper they make for an even match so both sets of fans will be expecting a challenging encounter at Ashton Gate on Sunday.

Much like Bristol City, Sheffield Wednesday were frustrated in mid-week and they’ll both be keen to experience a more pleasurable outing here. The Owls twice conceded late to throw away three points against West Brom while the Robins simply could not find a way past a stubborn Rotherham side.

Top Tips

Both teams to score @ 5/6

Draw @ 13/5

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Bristol City News: Watkins and Taylor in line for a return

Bristol City's Ashton Gate Football Stadium
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The omission of Marley Watkins and Matt Taylor from the starting line-up against Rotherham left some Robins fans a little puzzled. The pair came on with half an hour to spare and Watkins almost made a telling difference but his effort came back off the post. City didn’t play too poorly but there is a feeling they would have grabbed a goal against the relegation candidates had the pair started. Lee Johnson has to be weighing up giving them a start here especially as they are more rested than most of his alternative options.

Sheffield Wednesday News: Forestieri ends drought but Nuhiu’s continues

South Stand at Sheffield Wednesday's Hillsbrough Stadium
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It was approaching two months without a goal but Fernando Forestieri ensured the run wouldn’t go quite that far. The Italian ended his long wait for a goal against West Brom on Wednesday night, coolly slotting home from just outside the six-yard box. He was partnered alongside Atdhe Nuhiu against the Baggies but his strike partner would once against struggle for a sight of goal. The target man has not scored for his club since the opening day of the season, unable to recapture the fine form shown in the spring.

Owls a long time without a clean sheet

Try as he might, Jos Luhukay simply cannot guide his men to a clean sheet. They were on course for one against West Brom in mid-week but a late collapse saw them concede twice in the final four minutes of regular time. Eleven games into the league season and Cameron Dawson has seen the ball fly past him at least once each game. The only clean sheet the Owls have managed came against League One outfit Sunderland in August’s League Cup contest.

Analysis: Both sides in need of some momentum

Making the play-offs is not out of the question for either of these clubs this season but if anything is to hold them back, it’s a lack of consistency. Bristol City began the season strongly but have since tailed off, failing to win any of their last four matches. Wednesday’s recent record is little better with just one victory in their previous five league bouts. The potential for better things is there for both clubs but unlocking this ability is a tough ask in such a competitive league.

Hosts can expose shaky backline

Jos Luhukay has experimented with several different formations this season but none have made his side look particularly solid at the back. Bristol City will be able to take advantage of this especially if Marley Watkins and Matt Taylor return to the starting eleven. City have only failed to convert in one match at Ashton Gate this season, against a Middlesbrough side who have a defence far sterner than Wednesday’s. An improving Owls side could well fire in some goals of their own however. All of their previous eight Championship tests have seen both teams score, making it fantastic bet in this match at odds of 5/6.

Wednesday’s matches often tight

All of Wednesday’s last eight league matches have been separated by a maximum of one goal. Even when not playing especially well, the Yorkshire outfit can avoid being completely out of the contest thanks to their gritty determination and high work rate. It’s something we saw a prime example of when drawing with a superior Leeds outfit last Friday. Another close match has to be expected here especially with the Robins having tied their last their last two contests. Another draw (13/5) is not the result Lee Johnson will be after but it may be something he has to settle for come full time.

Recent Matches

These sides could not be much more evenly matched over their last nine meetings. Both clubs have won three apiece while the remaining three matches have ended all square. There have been a few drubbings in this time though; Wednesday won a 2011 FA Cup tie in 3-0 while City have twice triumphed by at least a three goal margin.

3rd March 2018: Bristol City 4 – 0 Sheffield Wednesday

A Bobby Reid hat-trick, the first of his career, handed the Robins an easy victory at Ashton Gate. Lee Johnson's men were rather in a rut at the time but the three points here put them back into the playoff places. Jos Luhukay had no complaints with the result conceding that City were much the better side on the day.

18th November 2017: Sheffield Wednesday 0 – 0 Bristol City

There was nothing to separate these two in-form sides at Hillsborough. The best chance of the game went to Milan Djuric but the Bosnian failed to beat Kieran Westwood when one on one with the Wednesday keeper. Aden Flint also came close when hitting the post but City were unable to take any of the few chances that came their way.

31st January 2017: Bristol City 2 – 2 Sheffield Wednesday

Tammy Abraham made it 19 for the season as he scored his side’s second equaliser in this frantic match. It was probably the luckiest one of the lot too as Joe Bryan's shot deflected off his stomach and into the net. The goal, which was described as 'rude' by Carlos Carvalhal, ended an eight game league losing streak for the Robins and gave them a three point gap from the drop zone.

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