Newcastle VS Sheffield Wednesday Prediction
Two clubs heading towards the cherished goal will wrap up an extremely rich football schedule on Boxing Day 2016, when one of the popular Premier League grounds is set to host a clash meeting Newcastle and Sheffield Wednesday. And if “The Magpies” are absolutely determined to return in the English Premier League as soon as possible, Sheffield Wednesday are dreaming for that milestone, since moment of their relegation at end of the 1999-00 Premier League season. So we have two clubs with clear aspirations and huge desire to be among all 20 sides in top tier of English football next season, but their 23rd Championship fixture will mark half of current campaign, so they will have another round of 23 matches.
Newcastle vs Sheffield Wednesday – Team News and Match Preview
Newcastle confidently holds the leadership and Rafael Benítez decided to stay and do its best to help the club. After 22 rounds “The Magpies” are unquestionably most respected Championship side and although they are on just a point above Brighton, distance between Newcastle and third-placed Reading is from 9 points, which makes team from English North East quite confident about prospects of its recent return to the English elite. After an unexpected defeat from another legendary name in English club football in its first December fixture – 2-1 by Nottingham Forest, Newcastle won three times in a row and besides 4-0 home win vs Birmingham City, this streak also contains two away wins – 0-2 vs Wigan Athletic, 1-2 vs Burton Albion. Now it’s time for “Geordie” to return at the “St James’ Park” and this will happen only two days after club’s 124th anniversary – on 24 December 2016. An additional reason why Newcastle should aim to carry best possible Christmas present in front of all supporters, even if that’s not their last home match in 2016. Correct, Newcastle takes on Nottingham Forest on Friday night, which will be their last match this year and it comes three days before travelling to Blackburn, where Newcastle will play its first game in 2017 – on 2 January.
Sheffield Wednesday was incredibly close to live the dream just seven months ago but Hull City won the 2016 Football League Championship play-off Final on the legendary “Wembley Stadium”. Despite frustration of losing a fair battle in London, board decided to leave Carlos Carvalhal in charge as under management of the Portuguese coach, Sheffield Wednesday achieved best results after club’s relegation.
Season 2016-17 began with hopes for accomplishment of the next step and Sheffield Wednesday are currently sixth, on border between the two dimensions. Distance from Brighton (2nd) seems too much at the moment and Carlos Carvalhal realizes it, so club from Sheffield must show consistency in order to retain its top six positioning in a first place. Thereafter they can claim for something else, but in any case it will require some extraordinary efforts and respectively results.
Newcastle vs Sheffield Wednesday – Betting Prediction and Possible Lineups
After four wins in last five rounds, “The Owls” must get in position to prowl and wait for right moment to attack “The Magpies”, because it’s been obvious Newcastle owns squad with most potential in the Championship and visit on their ground is quite a challenge.
Good news for Carlos Carvalhal are his key player Fernando Forestieri returns in contention after serving a three-matches ban. Forestieri has been sent-off during Wednesday’s 2-1 win against Preston North End, so thereby he missed next three matches. Sheffield Wednesday needed only one round to overcome his absence and after a 2-1 loss in Reading, “The Owls” are back on track with two consecutive home wins and they have also kept a clean sheet in both – 2-0 vs Barnsley, 1-0 vs Rotherham United. Latter was actually last match of Sheffield Wednesday and victory against last placed Rotherham United had to come in most difficult way – Scottish striker Steven Fletcher showed composure and he successfully scored from a last-minute penalty.
Meanwhile, Urby Emanuelson, Marco Matias, William Buckley and striker Gary Hooper are surely out of this clash, while Carlos Carvalhal expressed his doubts about Kieran Lee, Barry Bannan, Almen Abdi, so that trio remains questionable.
Newcastle shows biggest efficiency in the league and Rafa Benitez is not a person who will be pleased to spend another year in the Championship. Experienced Spaniard has been appointed for manager of Newcastle too late and he didn’t had enough time to make a contribution to the team, but it seems he inherited a decent squad.
Biggest issue for Rafa Benitez starts from now on since Jonjo Shelvey must serve five-game ban, so he should be back in contention for a home match vs Rotherham United on 21 January 2017. That’s a long period so Newcastle’s boss has a decision to make whether he should replace Shelvey with some one from Cheick Tioté or Vurnon Anita, but in our opinion Anita will become the chosen one.
Matz Sels and Karl Darlow are both competitors for position between the sticks and latter should start again. Yoan Gouffran, Ayoze Pérez, Christian Atsu and Matt Ritchie are also various options for both wings and Rafa Benitez will probably start with Atsu and Ritchie. Aleksandar Mitrovic is eager for first-team football but superb form of Dwight Gayle (17 goals) doesn’t leave enough chances for the Serb, so we expect league top scorer to lead Newcastle’s attack once again.
Except the suspended Shelvey, Massadio Haidara, Grant Hanley and Rolando Aarons are other missing players for the “Geordies”, while real Geordie Jack Colback (born in Newcastle upon Tyne) remains doubtful.
Final conclusion, Betting Odds and Prediction
Newcastle are clear favourites and all bookmakers are behind that opinion. Hosts can play that game without extra pressure and this can be helpful for showing of their full potential. On other hand Sheffield Wednesday can only win from that game and we believe Carlos Carvalhal is aware that it’s recommendable for his team to score, if “The Owls” want to scoop something from the Magpies’ nest.
We find good value in odds for Both teams to score and that’s our betting prediction for clash facing Newcastle against Sheffield Wednesday on Monday night, Boxing Day 2016 – “Both teams to score – Yes“.
Venue: “St. James’ Park”, Newcastle upon Tyne.
Referee: Paul Tierney.
Possible starting lineups of Newcastle and Sheffield Wednesday
Newcastle United: Karl Darlow – Paul Dummett, Ciaran Clark, Jamaal Lascelles, DeAndre Yedlin – Vurnon Anita, Isaac Hayden – Christian Atsu, Mohamed Diame, Matt Ritchie – Dwight Gayle. (4-2-3-1)
Sheffield Wednesday: Keiren Westwood – Liam Palmer, Tom Lees, Glenn Loovens, Adam Reach – Ross Wallace, Sam Hutchinson, Kieran Lee, Barry Bannan – Fernando Forestieri – Steven Fletcher. (4-4-1-1)