PREVIEW: SWFC vs Bristol City

Today, the Owls host Bristol City in what is now a fairly meaningless game. Meaningless for two reasons:

  1. After Coventry City’s victory of Rotherham United, the gap to safety now seems insurmountable
  2. More importantly, the saddening news of Darren Moore’s COVID-19 related health problems serves as an unkind reminder about how trivial football really is in the grand scheme of things.

It goes without saying that I send all my wishes to the gaffer as he recovers and recuperates fully before next season.  

Moving on to the game, I feel the Owls have a chance of gaining the win.

The Robins are in dire form and have 1 win in their last eight. 

Since Nigel Pearson has took the reigns, little has changed: not what many expected. 

I spoke on the podcast (@FloodlightPod) about how I see no remnants of a team Pearson could work with, and it will be interesting to see how the Robins’ summer pans out.

Going forward, they’ve been poor – scoring only 6 more than Wednesday with 40 goals. 

At the other end of the pitch, they’ve been even worse than the Owls: keeping a measly 10 clean sheets so far. 

Wednesday must, however, look out for Nakhi Wells as the lone striker. The Bermudan has proven time and time again that he knows where the net is in this division.

Wells steps up to take a penalty against Swansea City. Image:

For Wednesday, I would like to see the re-introduction of Callum Paterson for Liam Shaw. Perhaps also a rare start for Izzy Brown, who’s been both criminally underused yet also painfully disappointing (work that one out!).

Whilst that would see an incredibly attacking midfield trio, it should bring real excitement. 

My Starting XI – Westwood; Borner, Lees, Hutchinson; Reach, Bannan, Brown, Paterson, Palmer; Rhodes, Windass

Score Prediction – As previously mentioned, the result seems insignificant due to the far more serious circumstances of our gaffer. With that being said, I’ll go with a 2-0 Wednesday win.

In times like this, we must all remember…’We’re All Wednesday Aren’t We?’

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