It's hard to believe that this time last season, Birmingham City were riding high in the Championship table and with Gary Rowett in the hot-seat things were looking pretty good all round. Then Rowett was unceremoniously sacked and the side went into free-fall, hardly a surprise since the board couldn't decide on a new manager with both Gianfranco Zola and then Harry Redknapp since being appointed and then sacked. On-field and off-field turmoil ensued and unsurprisingly the fans are starting to grow a little impatient. Things certainly haven't improved since the start of 2017/18 and in all fairness it is hard to feel much sympathy for the club given their exploits at board level last season.
The Blues are now under the guidance of Lee Carsley with the new caretaker manager taking over a side which haven't managed a win in eight outings and appear down on confidence as things stand. Signs of improvement were evident in the weekend 1-1 draw with Derby County but can they build on this by collecting three points at the expense of Sheffield Wednesday this weekend? The / go 15/8 that they can.
For their part, Sheffield Wednesday haven't shown the slightest bit of consistency since the start of the season and far from looking set to make another challenge on a play-off place for the second season in succession, the Owls currently languish in 13th position in the league table following some hugely disappointing results, the worst being a 4-2 home defeat to local rivals Sheffield United on Sunday afternoon.
Boss Carlos Carvalhal will be looking for an immediate reaction from his men and they have a perfect chance to bounce back when they face a dismal Birmingham City side on Wednesday evening. The Blues have scored in each of their last two outings but they have struggled at the back with no clean sheets in their last seven competitive games. The hosts will be desperate to kick-start their season into life by grabbing their second league win but we envisage the visitors getting them on the counter attacks we'll be going for a Sheffield Wednesday win and both teams to score with the / going 5/1 on such an outcome.
Gary Hooper has enjoyed a decent start to his season and he will be tasked with spearheading the visitors' attack this week. The ex Celtic player has found the net five times this season and with these goals coming in his last five appearances, odds of 12/5 with Bet365 Free Bet on the 29-year-old finding the net on Wednesday evening seem too good to ignore.
Back Sheffield Wednesday to win & BTTS at 5/1 with Betfred Free Bet
Back Gary Hooper to score anytime at 12/5 with Bet365 Free Bet
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