Sheffield Wednesday head into the ultimate three matches of the common league season with an out of doors likelihood of automated promotion. A stellar second half of the season has put the Owls within the combine for a top-two end.
Since shedding 3-2 at Oxford United on January 22, Wednesday have collected 39 factors from 51 on provide. They’re in good condition and the upcoming return of a number of key first group gamers from harm will solely bolster their probabilities of bouncing again to the Championship on the first try.
Will the Owls recover from the road? Securing a play-off is their first precedence.
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Two of their final three fixtures are away from Hillsborough, beginning with a visit to sixth-placed Wycombe Wanderers this weekend. Three factors for Wednesday on Saturday wouldn’t solely lengthen their unbeaten league run to 9 matches but in addition imply the Chairboys can’t catch them.
The Owls nonetheless have a sport in hand on promotion rivals Milton Keynes Dons, Plymouth Argyle, Wycombe and Oxford United and will probably end the season with 88 factors. If outcomes go their approach on the weekend, Moore’s aspect might even be one level off automated promotion.
There will likely be extra twists and turns to return over the approaching days. Issues are so tight on the high finish of the desk that Wednesday might slip out of the play-offs on Saturday ought to Wycombe and Sunderland win and Plymouth keep away from a defeat at leaders Wigan Athletic.
Second place remains to be very a lot up for grabs. Rotherham United clung on to their second automatic-promotion place, regardless of a 2-0 defeat at Burton Albion final night time. The Millers have been second greatest as they fell to a fourth loss in 5 outings.
Rotherham boss Paul Warne expects the promotion race to go right down to the wire. “It’s nonetheless in our palms,” stated Warne. “One other sport is down I suppose.
“Everyone seems to be determined to get these final couple of wins. It’s tough however two wins would possibly do it for us nevertheless it feels it can go right down to the wire. We have now to maintain believing.”
The Millers have a difficult finish to the marketing campaign. After internet hosting play-off chasing Oxford United, an away double-header in opposition to Sunderland and relegation-threatened Gillingham lies in retailer.
It isn’t simply Rotherham, although, who’re faltering down the house stretch. MK Dons have seen their promotion bid hit the buffers after back-to-back defeats to Wednesday and Oxford.
The Dons entertain lowly Morecambe on Saturday earlier than concluding their season with an extended journey to Plymouth. Morecambe and Plymouth have gotten a lot to play for for various causes so they’re unlikely to be simple assignments.
With Wednesday’s rivals dropping factors, it’s all arrange for a grandstand end. Here’s a full have a look at the present high eight and what their run-ins appear like between now and the tip of the season:
Wigan Athletic – 1st (88 factors)
April 23 – Plymouth Argyle (h) (fifth)
April 26 – Portsmouth (a) (ninth)
April 30 – Shrewsbury City (a) (seventeenth)
Rotherham United – 2nd (83 factors)
April 23 – Oxford United (h) (eighth)
April 26 – Sunderland (a) (seventh)
April 30 – Gillingham (a) (twentieth)
Milton Keynes Dons – third(83 factors)
April 23 – Morecambe (h) (nineteenth)
April 30 – Plymouth Argyle (a) (fifth)
Sheffield Wednesday – 4th(79 factors)
April 23 – Wycombe Wanderers (a) (sixth)
April 26 – Fleetwood City (a) (twenty first)
April 30 – Portsmouth (h) (ninth)
Plymouth Argyle – fifth(79 factors)
April 23 – Wigan Athletic (a) (1st)
April 30 – Milton Keynes Dons (h) (third)
Wycombe Wanderers – sixth(77 factors)
April 23 – Sheffield Wednesday (h) (4th)
April 30 – Burton Albion (a) (sixteenth)
Sunderland – seventh(77 factors)
April 23 – Cambridge United (h) (twelfth)
April 26 – Rotherham United (h) (2nd)
April 30 – Morecambe (a) (nineteenth)
Oxford United – eighth(75 factors)
April 23 – Rotherham United (a) (2nd)
April 30 – Doncaster Rovers (h) (twenty third)