Sheffield Wednesday take on Derby County this weekend in the Sky Bet Championship in a big game in the race for the top six.
The Rams won earlier this week against Wigan, whilst the Owls drew last time out against Sheffield United, so they’ll be gunning for a win.
1. More frustration for Fernando Forestieri – at what point do the club start thinking he might never be back to his best?
Well it’s crossed my mind also. We all know what Forestieri is capable of, he can be one of the best players in the league, on his day.
However, he’s having a very stop-start season, his goals tally and performances alike are few and far between, at present. I just hope Bruce can get the best out of him, eventually. Otherwise, dare I say it, we probably should have cashed in on him 18-months ago.
2. Steven Fletcher wants Michael Hector signed, is this something replicated by fans?
Definitely, he is an exceptional talent at this level. Other than a poor outing against Rotherham, he has played the role of a brick wall at times during this campaign, particularly since the sacking of Luhukay.
My only concern is his price tag come then end of the season. I’m sure Bruce will do everything in his power to make him a permanent acquisition over the summer.
3. All in all, was the point on Monday a good one?
I think a point apiece was fair, having said that, a point in the Championship is never good enough unless you’re fighting a relegation battle.
Sheffield United needed the points more so at this stage as they are chasing the automatics, however, a win for the Owls would’ve had us dreaming of the playoffs. To take a positive from the game though, both sides defended well and will be happy with the clean sheet.
4. A big game away at Derby this weekend, where can they be beaten?
Derby are inconsistent, particularly since the new year. It’s going to be a tough encounter as Derby are our bogey side, yet they continue to prove they are beatable.
If we stick to our game plan like we have done so since Bruce’s arrival then there is no reason why we can’t cause their defence a few problems. I expect us to defend from the front and hopefully make the most of our goalscoring opportunities.
5. Score prediction
This really could go either way. If Derby are at their best we would be lucky to take a point.
However, I don’t expect the Rams are high on confidence at present even after their defeat of Wigan, so I’m going to predict a 2-1 victory to the Owls. Why not?