⚡Quick Sheffield Wednesday vs Birmingham City betting tips
Sheffield Wednesday vs Birmingham City predictions
We are about to enter the final third of the Championship season. Crunch time is almost upon us.
England’s second tier is one of the most competitive leagues in Europe. There are very few sides in the division whose fate is already decided with around 15 or 16 matches remaining.
Whereas several sides are hoping to exit the Championship by earning a place in the Premier League, Sheffield Wednesday and Birmingham City are among the teams desperate to stay in the second flight.
Wednesday have some serious work to do. They sit second-bottom in the standings heading into the weekend, with a hefty margin of eight points separating them from Huddersfield Town in 21st.
Birmingham are in a healthier position, but they are far from safe from the threat of demotion. The Blues are 19th with a four-point buffer above the bottom three and a game in hand on some of the sides around them.
Tony Mowbray, the club’s third manager of 2023/24 who was handed the reins last month following the sacking of the hugely unpopular Wayne Rooney, has had a solid if not spectacular start to life at St Andrew’s.
The 60-year-old has overseen a win, a draw and a defeat in his three Championship games at the helm. The next few matches could be crucial for Birmingham, who face two struggling sides in Sheffield Wednesday and Blackburn Rovers, before a clash with Mowbray’s old club Sunderland.
As for Wednesday, they have no time to lose. To reach the magical 50-point mark, Danny Rohl’s team would need to be in play-off form between now and the end of the campaign.
A failure to emerge victorious on Friday night would leave the Owls in a precarious position. This is a must-win game for Wednesday, but Birmingham will not fold without a fight.
📝 Sheffield Wednesday vs Birmingham City betting tips
Neither Sheffield Wednesday nor Birmingham City has set the Championship alight this season, but the visitors could have the edge on Friday night.
Birmingham to win – 11/5 (bet365)
This has been a pretty dismal season for Sheffield Wednesday. Optimism was high following promotion via the play-offs last term, but Darren Moore – the architect of that triumph – departed before the start of the current campaign.
Xisco Munoz was then dismissed after 10 winless games, and although Wednesday have fared slightly better under Rohl, they have been in the drop zone since matchday two.
The Owls head into this match on a four-game winless streak in the Championship, including a 4-0 thumping by Huddersfield last time out. They were then thrashed 4-1 by Coventry City in an FA Cup replay in midweek.
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Birmingham have more cause for optimism. They were only narrowly beaten by West Bromwich Albion in their most recent fixture, before which they won at Stoke City.
The Blues have only suffered defeat in one of their last four league away games, while they won the reverse fixture 2-1 in a rare success under Rooney.
Sheffield Wednesday fans will try to make Hillsborough a fortress under the lights, but if Birmingham can control the atmosphere they can pick up all three points.
Both teams will view this game as one which they really need to win. In Sheffield Wednesday’s case, that stance is self-explanatory. For Birmingham, a victory would move them up to 16th – at least for a few hours – and allow the club to start looking upwards.
Yet in situations like this, fear is often the strongest motivator. First and foremost both Wednesday and Birmingham will be desperate to avoid defeat – and that could produce a cagey match in which goals are at a premium.
Putting the ball in the back of the net is a struggle for Wednesday at the best of times. With 22 goals to their name, they are the lowest scorers in the division.
With that in mind, any path to victory on Friday surely requires the Owls to keep things tight at the back.
On the flip side, Birmingham would fancy their chances of success if they were to keep a clean sheet.