We've Friday night football this evening, with two three out of the four selections fighting for automatic promotion or a play-off finish, with the other being in a precarious situation at the bottom of the Championship table. Can Sheffield Wednesday leapfrog opponents Reading into fifth place in the league, and will Huddersfield close the gap on the top two in England's second tier?...
In terms of the team news, expect Joe Bryan to start on Friday evening. After all, it was his dad who was the surgeon for boss Lee Johnson’s own father Gary, who had heart surgery this week. However, back on the pitch, since Christmas, Bristol City have been dismal and have won just twice in the league in 2017, which has been the reason they find themselves in the relegation places in the Championship.
Tammy Abraham’s goals have dried up somewhat since the turn of the year and following a number of big January signings, pressure is on Johnson to turn things around for the Robins. Quickly.
At the other end of the table, Huddersfield will know a win on Friday night will move them within three points of table-topping Newcastle United and second placed Brighton & Hove Albion. This is the Terriers’ game in hand over their rivals and we’re sure manager David Wagner has pinpointed this trip to the south-west as a maximum points haul.
What We Sayin’?
Bristol score, but they also concede. We feel Huddersfield will actually come out on top but the best tip would be a BTTS selection and Over 2.5 Goals at 13/10.
Reading’s record on the road this season hasn’t been great, in all honesty. They’ve lost 50% of their 18 trips away from the Madejski Stadium, conceding a whopping 35 goals in those matches – which is more than the likes of relegation-threatened sides Bristol City, Burton Albion and Blackburn Rovers.
So it’s unfortunate for Jaap Stam that his Royals head north to tackle Sheffield Wednesday, who have used their Hillsborough home as a fortress this term, losing only four games on their own turf this term in the Championship.
Wednesday’s firepower is a big reason why they should be comfortable on Friday evening. In Jordan Rhodes, Sam Winnall, Steven Fletcher and Fernando Forestieri, they will likely have too much for Reading to keep at bay in the Steel City.
What We Sayin’?
We’re going for a double for this one. We’re opting for 3-0 Sheffield Wednesday at 14/1.
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