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Sheffield Wednesday vs Blackburn preview, predictions & possible XIs

By James Richards

Published: 18:43, 17 January 2020

Sheffield Wednesday’s impressive win at Leeds sets them up nicely for the second half of the season as they sit in the last play-off place.

The Owls have been impressive this campaign, but the vital win over Marcelo Bielsa’s side ended a run of three straight defeats that had threatened to derail their promotion hopes.

As for Blackburn, they go into this meeting having failed to win any of their last five Championship outings, which leaves them in mid-table but five points off a play-off spot.

Read on for our Sheffield Wednesday v Blackburn preview, predictions, team news and TV coverage information.

When is Sheffield Wednesday vs Blackburn and where can I watch live?

Competition: EFL Championship

Venue: Hillsborough Stadium, Sheffield

Date: Saturday, 18 January 2020

Kick-off: 3:00 PM (UK time)

TV coverage (UK): This game will not be shown live in the UK.

Last five meetings: Sheffield Wednesday v Blackburn

27 September 2016: Blackburn 1-0 Sheffield Wednesday (EFL Championship)

14 February 2017: Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Blackburn (EFL Championship)

01 December 2018: Blackburn 4-2 Sheffield Wednesday (EFL Championship)

16 March 2019: Sheffield Wednesday 4-2 Blackburn (EFL Championship)

02 November 2019: Blackburn 2-1 Sheffield Wednesday (EFL Championship)

Aggregate Score: Sheffield Wednesday (LWLWL) 9-10 Blackburn (WLWLW)

Ones to watch

Sheffield Wednesday: Barry Bannan

Barry Bannan, formerly of Aston Villa, plays a vital role in the centre of the park for Sheffield Wednesday and he could prove key in the battle against injury-hit Blackburn.

The Scotsman has shown his creative this season with a string of fine displays and, along with teammate Adam Reach, has been the key playmaker in this Wednesday side.

His eye for a pass and composure on the ball make him capable of being the player to make a difference in a tight game which it will, no doubt, be on Saturday.

Key stat: Barry Bannan has been directly involved in eight goals (one goal, seven assists) for the Owls this season, only Steven Fletcher has been involved in more (12 goals, two assists) in the Wednesday squad.

Blackburn: Adam Armstrong

Adam Armstrong has become an important player for Blackburn this season and could prove to be crucial against Wednesday in the absence of top scorer Bradley Dack.

The ex-Newcastle man has shown a lot of promise and his work rate has been an important feature under Tony Mowbray. He’s directly contributed to 10 goals (seven goals and three assists) this season for Rovers, making him their joint-most productive player alongside Dack.

He will be needed on Saturday if Blackburn are to return from Yorkshire with a positive result.

Key stat: Adam Armstrong has taken 45 shots for Blackburn in the Championship this season, no Rovers player has taken more.

Team news

Sheffield Wednesday

Wednesday will be without top scorer Steven Fletcher after the 12-goal striker landed awkwardly and damaged his knee. He is set for a 10-weeks layoff.

There are also doubts about Liam Palmer and defender Tom Lees. They could also be without Fernando Forestieri although the Italian has not featured much for the Championship side this season.

Predicted XI: Dawson; Urhoghide, Iorfa, Borner, Fox; Lee; Murphy, Luongo, Bannan, Reach; Winnall.

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Rovers are riddled with injuries as they head to Hillsborough. Mowbray’s side will be without talisman Bradley Dack while Greg Cunningham, Sam Hart, Ryan Nyambe are also set to miss out.

Corey Evans is a major doubt leave the Blackburn boss with a selection headache ahead of a difficult away trip.

Predicted XI: Walton; Bennett, Lenihan, Adarabioyo, Bell; Travis, Johnson; Armstrong, Holtby, Downing; Graham.

Squawka prediction

Some shaky form might have worried Wednesday fans but a win over local rivals Leeds was enough to bring back the positivity fairly quickly.

They will be confident of building on that good performance against a Blackburn side who are on a run of five games without victory themselves.

Danny Graham is an important, experienced figure for Mowbray’s men and he’ll need to be watched carefully by the Wednesday defence but you still feel there is more than enough quality for the Owls to win this one.

Scoreline prediction: Sheffield Wednesday 2-1 Blackburn