Sheffield Wednesday vs Port Vale Match Analysis & Prediction
29/12/2022 10:45 pm
Sheffield Wednesday and Port Vale will go head to head at Hillsborough on Thursday, with both teams looking to build on Boxing Day victories.
While the hosts remain just two points outside of the top two in the League One table after beating Fleetwood Town on Monday, their visitors climbed to ninth place with a win over Morecambe.
Sheffield Wednesday enter the contest off the back of an important victory last time out, having previously failed to gain ground in the fight for automatic promotion in League One.
Darren Moore’s side firstly played out a goalless draw away at Derby County before salvaging a 1-1 stalemate against Exeter City through Callum Pterson’s injury-time equaliser.
They would then face Oxford United on home turf and come away with a point, and while those three draws did extend their unbeaten run to 10 matches in League One, it meant that they failed to move any closer to catching leaders Plymouth Argyle and Ipswich Town, as a two-point gap to second place remained.
The Owls made the trip to face Fleetwood Town on Boxing Day as they were trying to get back to winning ways, and they managed to come away with all three points through a 2-1 victory.
Meanwhile, Port Vale make the trip to Hillsborough having won three of their last four matches in League One and climbed into the playoff race as a result.
After earning promotion from League Two last season, Darrell Clarke’s side made a steady start to the new campaign, picking up 23 points from their opening 17 matches before suffering a 4-0 defeat to Oxford United.
However, they would quickly bounce back by a 1-0 victory over Charlton Athletic through Daniel Butterworth’s goal on the hour mark, before claiming a 2-0 win away at league leaders Plymouth Argyle, as James Wilson scored two goals in a six-minute span in the second half.
Off the back of 1-0 defeat away at Bristol Rovers and Salford City in the league and EFL Trophy respectively, Clarke’s side again set out to return winning ways when they hosted Morecambe on Boxing Day, and they were successful in doing so, as Gavin Massey’s 40th-minute goal made the difference between the two sides.
Sheffield Wednesday vs. Port Vale Head to head
These two teams have previously met on eight occasions, with Sheffield Wednesday claiming five victories while Port Vale have won three. Sheffield Wednesday have scored 11 goals and conceded nine in the process.
21/01/2005Sheffield Wednesday1Port Vale0League One
25/08/2009Port Vale2Sheffield Wednesday0EFL Cup
31/07/2016Sheffield Wednesday3Port Vale0Club Friendlies
27/07/2021Port Vale1Sheffield Wednesday2Club Friendlies
01/10/2022Port Vale0Sheffield Wednesday1League One
Sheffield Wednesday Team News
Sheffield Wednesday welcomed midfielders George Byers and Barry Bannan back to action on Boxing Day after injury issues, and both should again start on Thursday.
Defender Dominic Iorfa could remain out of action alongside Ben Henegham, meaning Liam Plamer should again join Reece James and Mark McGuinness in a back three.
Sheffield Wednesday's Last 5 Matches
26/11/2022Sheffield Wednesday2Mansfield Town1FA Cup
03/12/2022Derby County0Sheffield Wednesday0League One
10/12/2022Exeter City1Sheffield Wednesday1League One
17/12/2022Sheffield Wednesday0Oxford United0League One
26/12/2022Fleetwood Town1Sheffield Wednesday2League One
Port Vale Team News
Gavin Massey should again play in attack alongside Ellis Harrison after scoring the winning goal last time out, athough James Wilson could return to the starting XI after playing as a substitute last time out.
The front two will likely have support from Dennis Politic, while Ben Garrity and Tom Conlon are bound to continue in midfield.
Port Vale's Last 5 Matches
23/11/2022Port Vale2Barnsley1EFL Trophy
02/12/2022Plymouth Argyle0Port Vale2League One
10/12/2022Bristol Rovers1Port Vale0League One
20/12/2022Salford City1Port Vale0EFL Trophy
26/12/2022Port Vale1Morecambe0League One
Sheffield Wednesday vs. Port Vale: Odds and Predictions
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