Match Preview: Sheffield Wednesday


Image: Fulham FC

Our Focus turns to Saturday’s game, our final home game before the playoffs, as the Whites welcome Sheffield Wednesday to Craven Cottage. Fulham have to settle for 4th place, leaving them with the home advantage going into the Play-Offs. Will Parker use the game as preparation, or will he rest some of the key players?

Head To Head

  • Fulham Wins – 27
  • Draws – 17
  • Sheff Weds Wins – 32
  • Goals For – 113
  • Goals Against – 115
  • Biggest Win – Fulham 1-6 Sheff Weds (1960/61)

Last 5 Games

  • Sheff Wed 1-1 Fulham
  • Sheff Wed 0-1 Fulham
  • Fulham 0-1 Sheff Wed
  • Sheff Wed 1-2 Fulham
  • Fulham 1-1 Sheff Wed

Last Time Out

Sheffield Wednesday 1-1 Fulham 

Our last encounter with Sheffield Wednesday came in September and resulted in a 1-1 draw. We opened the scoring in 42nd minute through Cairney who finished past Westwood after the keeper failed to deal with a Bryan cross. It looked like we had grabbed all three points until in the 93rd minute when Nuhiu came off the bench to head home a deflected cross.

Players in Common

Mark Crossley, Urby Emanuelson, Shefki Kuqi, Mark Pearson, Dejan Stefanovic, Simon Stewart, Alan Warboys.

Score Predictions

Fulham View: @fulhamatto

Fulham 2 – 0 Sheffield Wednesday

Sheffield Wednesday View: SWFC Supporters Club (@swfcsc)

Fulham 0 – 0 Sheffield Wednesday

Former Player: Rodney Marsh

Fulham 2 – 1 Sheffield Wednesday

Battle To Watch

Harrison Reed vs Barry Bannan

Despite having had a poor season, the form of ever-consistent Barry Bannan has given Sheffield Wednesday fans something to cheer about. Bannan has been the sides most creative player from the centre of midfield with an average of 2.2 key passes per game and 8 assists. Bannan also has 2 goals taking his total goal contributions this season to 10. With the form he has produced since the break, I have no doubt that Reed can mark him out of the game en route to another win on Saturday.

Sam’s View (@SamCole2468)

Our game against West Brom kept our unbeaten run going and now we need to build on that with a win this weekend. Our game on Saturday is against an out of form Sheffield Wednesday who have had a very poor season. After Bruce almost got Wednesday Playoffs that aim this season was to go one better but unfortunately that hasn’t been the case. The Yorkshire based side find themselves 15th in the league with nothing left to play for. This is a great opportunity for Fulham to get three points and gain momentum heading into the playoffs.

As far as team news I would make just one change to the team that drew to West Brom and that is in midfield. That change would be bringing out Cavaleiro, who is a doubt after coming off injured in the last game, and to bring in Johansen. I know I bang on every week about how Johansen should play but now we have an injury concern it would nice to see Parker start him. I would bring him into the centre of midfield moving Decordova-Reid out wide on the left flank. The rest of the side can stay the same as they performed well in the previous game.

I think that we will keep our momentum going with a 2-0 win. I think the goalscorers will compile even more misery on Wednesday as I can see the goals coming from former players Onomah and Hector.