Tuesday 20 August: 7.45pm KO
Sheffield Wednesday had a difficult preseason due to Steve Bruce leaving the club to become manager of Newcastle. That hasn’t hurt them too much though and Wednesday are sixth in the Championship. They will look for three more points up against Luton Town at home. The newly promoted team are having a few problems and are 21st in the table.
Like a lot of teams, Sheffield Wednesday had a mixed season last term. They struggled in the first half of the season and that led to a managerial change. Eventually, Steve Bruce took over as boss and he stirred some life into their season.
A form guide for the last 15 games of last season had Wednesday in sixth place. They had an outside chance of making the promotion play-off places thanks in a tight division. However, they only won one of their last five league games and ended the season in 12th place, ten points adrift of the top six. The odds on them finishing in the play-off positions this time around are 3/1 (4.0) if your wager is placed with SkyBet.
Hopes were high of a better season but then that was hit by the departure of Steve Bruce to his beloved Newcastle. Their fans weren’t happy at him leaving, but may have been cheered up by seeing his new club lose both of their first two league games of the season.
Wednesday haven’t done too bad without Bruce, though a permanent replacement for the departed manager is yet to be made. The Yorkshire club began the season with a 3-1 win at Reading. That was followed up with a 2-0 home win over Barnsley. It only took them two minutes to take the lead in that game. There are odds of 9/2 (5.5) on Wednesday leading this game after the first 15 minutes.
Their unbeaten run was halted at Millwall last Saturday. A bit disappointing considering the home team had a player sent off after only 43 minutes. If you think Wednesday can bounce back and get a win over Luton, Coral will give you odds of 10/11 (1.91).
The Hatters won League One last season to make their return to the Championship. Since their last time at this level, Luton have had plenty of problems and even went out of the football league at one stage. Now they are back in the second-tier of English football but aren’t finding life there too easy. Luton are 7/2 (4.5) at Betfair to be relegated this season.
They began this new campaign with a rather eventful 3-3 home draw with Middlesbrough. Luton went a goal down but rallied to go 2-1 up. The second half saw them trail 3-2 and it could have worse as Boro missed a penalty. An 85th minute equalizer saw Luton begin life back in the Championship with a point.
It’s been a struggle since then with a heartbreaking 2-1 loss at Cardiff City. The Welsh side beat them thanks to a 96th minute goal. Their first win of the season came when beating League One Ipswich Town 3-1 at home in the Carabao Cup. It looked as if they might be making a league recovery when going a goal up against West Brom on Saturday. Then the visitors scored twice to condemn Luton to another home defeat. They are 10/11 (1.91) at SportPesa to win this match.
The two clubs met in the FA Cup last season. Luton got a goalless draw at Hillsbrough, before losing the home replay 1-0. Four of the last five games played between these two teams have had under 2.5 goals scored in them. It’s 9/10 (1.9) at 888sport that stat comes up in this game.
No major problems reported after the weekend matches.
Will Wednesday Score?
Sheffield Wednesday have failed to score in their last five home games played against Luton Town. It’s 10/3 (4.33) on a Luton clean sheet in this match.
Sheffield Wednesday will want to bounce back from their loss at Millwall on Saturday. Their home form is good and they take on a team that are struggling for form. A home win with both teams scoring has odds of 3/1 (4.0) at Bet365.