Posted on | March 2, 2013 | No Comments
This is a game featuring two of the so-called larger clubs in the division, with both Sheffield Wednesday and Nottingham Forest possessing vast histories that make them big fish of the Championship. Despite their reputations, neither is tearing up the division with the home side still looking over their shoulder, while Nottingham Forest are in a stable top-half position. Therefore, both of these outfits still have everything to play for.
Even though Wednesday may occupy 19th position, this will probably delight a lot of supporters who were convinced that their club would be going down without a whimper following the opening few weeks of the season. However, over the last month Dave Jones has completely turned around the Hillsborough outfit, and the Owls now approach this game having not lost in their last seven. Such a run is one of the most impressive in the Championship and also means that the team now sit four points above the drop zone – which at least means there is some breathing space. Another impressive statistic for the South Yorkshire outfit stretches back several months, with Jones’ men losing just one of their last twelve matches in the Championship.
Nottingham Forest have also enjoyed a revival of late and this is mainly due to the re-appointment of Billy Davies. Davies, who enjoyed a fruitful spell at the City Ground several years ago, has masterminded some positive results of late such as a 1-1 draw against Bolton, a 6-1 demolition of Huddersfield and a 2-0 win at Charlton. Such results have propelled Forest right into the playoff mix again, with the team now situated four points adrift of 6th place Brighton. Therefore, a win at Wednesday really would do their promotion aspects the world of good and make what seemed impossible several weeks ago, completely possible now.
As for team news, Sheffield Wednesday have been handed a big boost ahead of the clash with Dave Jones having no fresh injury concerns for the fixture. Anthony Gardner was tipped to be doubtful, but the former Spurs man came through the last fixture unscathed and is likely to start again. It’s a similar story for Nottingham Forest, with the club also having no new injury problems either. However, while injuries may not be hindering the club, Davies won’t be able to rely on influential defender Greg Halford after he hit the ten yellow cards mark and triggered a ban.
In terms of a prediction, we think this could be the point in which Wednesday’s run comes to an end. Nottingham Forest have been in marvellous form over recent weeks and with Billy Davies still being in his “honeymoon period”, our tip will be a 2-1 victory for the visitors.