Four away games in 25 days and Portsmouth on a cold Tuesday night – Is this period Sheffield Wednesday’s toughest task in League One?
The lack of international breaks – and easing up of the pandemic – means that Sheffield Wednesday’s 2021/22 calendar isn’t as compact as the season before. But there’s still some tough periods to deal with.
Wednesday’s fixture list was released on Thursday morning as Wednesdayites found out that they’d be opening their League One campaign with an away game at Charlton Athletic and finishing it off at home against Portsmouth.
Darren Moore knows the division well and certainly won’t be taking any teams lightly regardless of their history or perceived stature, but there certainly are some historically ‘big’ names down in the English third tier – and others will see the Owls as a big scalp in 2021/22.
While the schedule in terms of timing is definitely more forgiving than last season, there is a period late in 2021 that will test their mettle, with a 25-day period starting in December arguably the toughest period of the campaign.
It starts with what’s likely to be a freezing cold Tuesday night fixture at Fratton Park (December 7th) against a Pompey side hoping to push for promotion, and in the 24 days that follow they’ve got three more substantial away trips to Crewe Alexandra (December 11), Sunderland (December 29th, also in midweek) and Shrewsbury Town (January 1st).
In between those games there are two home matches against Accrington Stanley (December 18th), who weren’t too far off the Play-Offs in 2020/21, and then Burton Albion on Boxing Day.
At least two of those teams will be hoping to push for automatic promotion, while the others will be keen to try and make a go of reaching the Play-Offs.