With a home fixture looming against fifth-placed Hull City, Wednesdayites are in fine voice after a recent 3-1 victory against Preston North End. More importantly, the Owls are now unbeaten in five, winning four of those ties. 36 laps now remain in the Sky Bet Championship.
After taking 10 points from a possible 12 in the league, Sheffield Wednesday are now 4/1 for a top-six finish, and for the optimistic fan who fancies a flutter, the Owls are 11/1 to gain promotion.
September saw restored faith amongst many fans after a mediocre start to the season. Slowly, Carvalhal seems to have found a settled first XI after many eyebrows were raised at the ongoing rotation policy. Reassuringly, the bench also has strength in depth, with spirited and polished players at the ready to cover every position.
So, 10 games in and with a handsome Capital One Cup tie against high-flyers Arsenal to come on October 27, expectations and morale amongst fans is higher than ever at this early stage of the season.
At this stage last year, Sheffield Wednesday were sat ninth in the table on 16 points, as appose to this season’s 15 points and 10th in the table. After the recent/current transition of the club, I only expect us to progress further up the table as the campaign continues. Our recent form provides sufficient evidence that a top-10 finish is more than achievable.
Statistic this season show Sheffield Wednesday have averaged 1.5 goals per game, 47% possession, 10.4 shots on goal per game and passing accuracy sits at 72%.
In addition, the club has ultimately taken an average of 1.5 points per game. Unfortunately, based on last season’s standings, this would see us finish ninth. An average of 1.7 points is needed for a desired top-six finish. So is that achievable? I certainly believe so. With strength and depth ever present within our large squad, a cohesive team and Chansiri’s cash tin at the ready for January, let’s continue to progress and secure that rewarding sixth spot.
Gone are the days where a 0-0 or 1-0 win/loss scrappy affair at Hillsborough was the usual case (2014). This season, Sheffield Wednesday have scored 10 goals at home in front of the Hillsborough faithful. Last season saw 16 goals scored by the Owls on home turf in total, and only three goals at the same stage after 10 games.
With talented individuals Kieran Lee, Barry Bannan and PFA Championship Player of the Month, Ross Wallace, producing glowing performances in recent games I cannot express how delighted and encouraged I am by our recent inventive and productive performances. Although we rode our luck against Brentford, we still ground out a result and brought home all three points, typically as the ‘better’ teams in the league often do.
Let’s hope for further exquisite and rewarding performances as we begin to enter the winter period. I am hoping for a bright lead up to Chistmans whereby in the next ten games, Sheffield Wednesday NEED to pick up 17 points – win five, draw two, lose three for example. Not a lot to ask? A win against Arsenal wouldn’t go amiss either. We are 100/1 to lift the Capital One Cup by the way. Worth a quid?