Owls v Brighton: Match Guide & Betting

0
Have your say

Sheffield Wednesday's unbeaten run in all competitions moved into double figures on Saturday with victory over Nottingham Forest.

But can they take that even further against the Championship's table-toppers Brighton, at Hillsborough tonight?

POSSIBLE TEAMS

Sheffield Wednesday (4-1-3-2): Westwood; Hunt, Lees, Loovens, Pudil; Hutchinson; Wallace, Lee, Bannan; Forestieri, Joao.

Brighton(4-3-3-): Stockdale; Bruno, Dunk, Hunemeier, Rosenior; Kayal, Stephens, Crofts; Baldock, Murphy, Hemed.

ONE TO WATCH

Jamie Murphy is unlikely to escape the attentions of the boo-boys when he returns to South Yorkshire this evening. The versatile forward left Owls’ arch rivals Sheffield United in August and has netted twice in nine appearances for the Seagulls.

During his spell at Bramall Lane, the 25-year-old bagged 21 goals in 122 outings after being signed by Danny Wilson. The Scot, recruited for an undisclosed fee, thought to be in the region of £2m, was on Brighton’s radar last season. “He can play on either flank and he will give us extra options,” said Brighton boss Chris Hughton.

Murphy is capable of scoring or creating a goal out of nothing with a piece of individual brilliance but also has a tendency to drift in and out of matches.

Murphy, a graduate of Motherwell’s youth system, is someone Wednesday’s defence will need to keep a close eye on if they are to maintain their impressive run.

Kieran Lee in action against Brighton at Hillsborough last season

Kieran Lee in action against Brighton at Hillsborough last season

READ MORE:

Forestieri is simply the best says Owls team mate
Carvalhal bids to give Owls security
VIDEO: The Star's Wednesday writer Dom Howson on Sheffield Wednesday v Brighton
Pudil says Owls can follow in Hornets' footsteps

HISTORY LESSON

Championship pacesetters Brighton and Hove Albion will be aiming to make history when they head to S6 tonight. They have never won at Hillsborough in their history. Owls have won eight of the 15 meetings in their own backyard.

Former Blade Jamie Murphy is now at Brighton

Former Blade Jamie Murphy is now at Brighton

Indeed, Brighton have failed to find the back of the net in the last three clashes between the two clubs. In the head-to-head record, the Seagulls have only won five of their previous 29 matches in all competitions. It finished goalless when they last collided in February. The Owls were booed off at half-time and full-time as striker Atdhe Nuhiu missed a glaring late chance to seal maximum points.

In the reverse fixture, Wednesday triumphed courtesy of a stunning long range strike by midfielder Giles Coke.

BETTING (SkyBet)

Sheffield Wednesday 6/4 Draw 11/5 Brighton 15/8

WORTH A PUNT?

You can get 100/30 for a draw and both teams to score, with SkyBet

MAN IN THE MIDDLE

Kevin Wright - A keen fisherman, Wright last took charge of an Owls match in February when they drew 1-1 with Cardiff City as supporters bid a fond farewell to Milan Mandaric. Wright, who progressed through the refereeing ranks via the Peterborough & District, United & Eastern Counties and Conference leagues, officiated his first league match 12 years ago. He refereed Sheffield United’s draw away to Oldham Athletic last month.