Stoke vs Sheffield Wednesday predictions: Potters can get back on track
It is going to take an almighty effort from Sheffield Wednesday to stave off the drop from the Championship this season and the matches come thick and fast for the Owls, who visit Stoke City on Saturday.
Things have been looking up for Danny Rohl's men recently following a draw with Leicester and win over Blackburn, but they have struggled on the road this season.
And even though Stoke have endured a dip in form, the Potters are 11 points better off than their opponents and will be eager to assert their superiority.
Ben Wilmot and Sead Haksabanovic are both sidelined for the Potters, although they will welcome back Enda Stevens, Wouter Burger and Daniel Johnson from suspension.
As for the Owls, Dominic Iorfa and Michael Smith are injured, while teenager Bailey Cadamarteri is expected to lead the attack again.
It has been a disastrous campaign for Sheffield Wednesday, who have lost 13 of their 19 games in the Championship.
They are winless on the road in the second tier and have conceded 17 times in their nine away assignments.
Stoke, meanwhile, have recorded four clean sheets in their last seven Championship affairs, shutting out Leeds, Middlesbrough, Cardiff and Coventry.
It has been anything but a smooth ride for Wednesday since they gained promotion from League One last season.
The campaign began with Darren Moore departing after the promotion campaign, with Xisco Munoz replacing him.
But the former Watford boss only lasted until October himself before Neil Thompson took caretaker charge and Rohl was then appointed on a full-time basis.
A draw with high-flyers Leicester and a win over Blackburn - only their second league victory of the season - represented progress, but both of those games were at Hillsborough, where they have fared better this term.
Indeed, only one of Wednesday's ten league points has come on the road this term and they have scored only four times away from home.
That is an abysmal record and it should fill hosts Stoke with confidence.
It has been a tough month or so for the Potters, who have gone five games without a win, but they had won three on the spin beforehand against Sunderland, Leeds and Middlesbrough.
They are a capable side on their day and the returns of a handful of players from suspension will also give them a much-needed boost.
Their last two defeats came away to QPR and Plymouth, but they still scored three goals across the contests and have enough in their attacking armoury to pick up a key win.
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