“Derailed” – Pundit Makes Sheffield Wednesday Survival Prediction

Sheffield Wednesday have been on a turgid run of form in recent weeks but one EFL pundit still believes the Owls could battle it out with Huddersfield Town for survival.

Danny Rohl’s side are winless in their previous four league outings, last tasting victory at the start of March with a 1-0 win over fellow relegation-threatened Plymouth Argyle. Djeidi Gassama got the all-important goal on the hour mark at Hillsborough that day.

However, the South Yorkshire club have picked up merely one point from a possible 12 since that win over the Pilgrims, conceding 11 goals in the meantime while scoring just one. A 6-0 defeat away at league-leaders Ipswich Town was the biggest blow of all, showcasing the disparities between the two sides who battled it out for the League One title last term.

Rohl has been hampered by taking the job after the club suffered a disastrous start to the season under former manager Xisco Munoz. Since the German’s arrival, Sheffield Wednesday are sitting 15th in the form table, proving how good a job the 34-year-old has done in the Midlands.

Nonetheless, over the past few matches, the Owls’ form has fallen off a cliff, although a large factor in this was having to face the likes of Leeds United, Ipswich and Middlesbrough. But the next few games don’t get any easier, with fixtures against Queens Park Rangers, Norwich City, West Bromwich Albion and Sunderland on the horizon.

Speaking on the What The EFL? Podcast recently, pundit and former professional footballer Sam Parkin still believes that Wednesday have a better chance of staying up than Plymouth Argyle and has predicted the battle for safety to come down to Rohl’s men and Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield [quotes via Inside Futbol]:

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“Sheffield Wednesday, I think it’s between them and Huddersfield,” Parkin said.

“I think Argyle will probably go now.

“I think Huddersfield marginally have the better games and I think Sheffield Wednesday have probably just been derailed a little bit by an injury to Poveda and Ugbo has not scored in five,” he continued.

“I think those two were the big reason for that period where they were playing well and getting points.

“We will see how they go.”

Writer’s View

Huddersfield Town still have some tricky matches coming up to close out the season, but their opponents are far weaker on average than that of Sheffield Wednesday as the Terriers prepare to face Millwall, Preston North End, Bristol City, Swansea City and Birmingham City.

However, football is one of the most unpredictable sports on earth and the Owls certainly still have a massive chance of keeping themselves in the Championship if they can pick up at least three victories in their final six matches.


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