Sheffield Wednesday: Stats show that Owls better placed for play-off glory than last season

The stats back up Wednesday being better placed for a shot at glory this season

The stats back up Wednesday being better placed for a shot at glory this season

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Sheffield Wednesday are better prepared for their play-off campaign the second time around, if the stats are anything to go by.

A comparison of the key numbers from last season with those from this year reveal the side is in a stronger position on several fronts.

Tom Lees and Fernando Forestieri show their Wembley agony

Tom Lees and Fernando Forestieri show their Wembley agony

For starters, the Owls have a greater points haul, which has guaranteed a higher league finish than last term's sixth place.

They finished in fourth position on 81 points, having played 46 games. That's seven points more, and two places higher, than last season with a game still to play.

Wednesday have guaranteed themselves their highest league finish since the club lost their Premier League status in 2000, regardless of the result in their final match.

Unlike last year, the team are heading towards the play-offs on an exceptional run of results which saw them top the division's form table, before the final day defeat to Fulham having fielded a shadow side.

Ross Wallace and Steven Fletcher have been among the goals

Ross Wallace and Steven Fletcher have been among the goals

This contrasts with last season when the team finished fourteenth in the league’s form table – the lowest position of all those contesting the final promotion spot.

The Owls also boast a stronger home and away record this year. This bodes well for both semi-final fixtures.

Last season's home form was impressive but they went even better this campaign, picking up two extra wins.

Their record on the road was more modest and saw them sitting eleventh in the away table, however, this year it is much improved having earned seven more points on the road this season compared to last.

Owls keeper Keiren Westwood has helped the Owls to 16 clean sheets this season

Owls keeper Keiren Westwood has helped the Owls to 16 clean sheets this season

Balancing out the team's poorer record in front of goal this term is the fact they have conceded fewer goals at the time of writing.

Only Brighton and Newcastle - two teams already promoted - have a sterner defence.

This time last season, Wednesday had the leakiest defence in the top six.

The Owls just need one more clean sheet to equal last year's number of defensive shut-outs, too.

They currently have 16, more than any other play-off contender.

Likewise, although the team's goal difference is not as strong this time around, it remains the second highest of the four play-off sides.

Comparatively, last season it was the smallest in the top six.

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