Sheffield Wednesday seek to halt Fulham’s automatic Premier League hopes by getting a result at Craven Cottage
Fulham’s slim hopes of automatic promotion into the Premier League could be over by the time they’ve faced Sheffield Wednesday, and the Owls will be keen to make sure of that by getting a result at Craven Cottage.
Huddersfield Town’s win over West Bromwich Albion yesterday evening means that the Lilywhites can still overtake them and move into second place, and Scott Parker’s side know already that they can’t finish lower than fourth.
The Owls, meanwhile, have everything still to play for as they wait and see whether they face a points deduction with regards to their case with the English Football League, a situation that could still see them relegated.
Regardless of what is on the line, Garry Monk has stated that he wants SWFC to end the season unbeaten in their final two games against Fulham and Middlesbrough, and recent history suggests that they’ve got a good chance of avoiding defeat tomorrow afternoon.
Wednesday haven’t been beaten at Craven Cottage since a 4-0 defeat in 2014, and prior to that you have to go back to 1982 to find another Owls defeat at the same stadium.
Tomorrow’s encounter will be the 77th competitive meeting of the two sides since their first ever game in 1920 – a 3-0 Wednesday win – and it’s tomorrow’s visitors who have the upper hand with 32 wins and 17 draws over the past 100 years.
It’s the Owls who have the best record of late as well, losing only four of the last 19 meetings between the two sides, but it took a late Atdhe Nuhiu equaliser to secure a home draw for Wednesday back in September as Fulham almost grabbed a third straight win at Hillsborough.
Another detail, that suggests a goal or two could be on the way, is the fact that there hasn’t been a 0-0 draw between Wednesday and Fulham since way back in 1937, and that goalless draw is the only time over 100-year history of this tie that has ended without either team finding the back of the net.
The action kicks off at 3pm tomorrow as Monk’s side look to move up to 13th place.