Last season’s beaten play-off semi-finalists Sheffield Wednesday will be looking for their first points of the new campaign when they welcome QPR to Hillsborough on Saturday afternoon.
Sheffield Wednesday will be hoping to once again lift themselves into a play-off position towards the end of the season, the Owls failing to make it to the finals last season following a 4-3 penalty shoot-out defeat to Huddersfield Town at the semi-final stage. They will certainly have been disappointed with their dismal opener to the new season, Preston North End’s Daniel Johnson scoring the only goal of the game at Deepdale to deny Sheffield Wednesday a share of the spoils. The Owls did bounce back with an emphatic midweek 4-1 win over Chesterfield in the League Cup, the Spireites opening the scoring from the penalty spot but Wednesday replying in convincing fashion just five minutes later.
Queens Park Rangers impressed in their first outing of the new season when running-in 2-0 winners at home to last season’s beaten play-off finalists Reading, Conor Washington scoring both goals at Loftus Road. They followed this by beating Northampton Town to the tune of 1-0 in the League Cup and following this excellent start, manager Ian Holloway will be hoping for a great season.
Nevertheless his side will face a tough challenge from a Sheffield Wednesday side which will be eager to kick-start their Championship campaign. Indeed QPR have failed to beat the Owls in the past four years, however we fancy their chances of getting one over on a home side which disappointed in their opening match. The visitors are priced at a pretty generous 4/1 to win this match and we’ll be grabbing this price with both hands. Those looking for a safer option could do worse than grab the Evens on offer for QPR-Draw on Double Chance market.
We do feel that the home side will get their names onto the scoresheet however having scored in all-but-one of their last six games at Hillsborough and with that in mind, backing Both Teams to Score offers a realistic alternative at odds of 19/20 with Ladbrokes.