Our football match prediction:
Preston welcome Sheffield Wednesday at their Deepdale Stadium in the opening match of the 2017/2018 Championship campaign. The Lilywhites are eyeing a place in the play-offs, but it has to be noted that Irish winger Aiden McGeady, who impressed in the 2016/2017 season, signed a loan deal with Everton. The likes of Darnell Fisher, Josh Harrop, Kevin O’Connor and Declan Rudd, though, joined the club and, no doubt, Preston are capable of playing an important role in the upcoming season. On the other hand, the likes of Claude Dielna, Silva Filipe Melo, Jose Semedo, Modou Sougou, Vincent Sasso and Urby Emanuelson are no longer part of Sheffield Wednesday and seeing that the Owls often struggle on the travels, we predict that the hosts will pick up all three points from Saturday’s football game. You should bear in mind that the two teams played out a 1-1 draw in their last meeting at Deepdale Stadium.
Highlighted Player (Tom Clarke):
Tom Clarke is a defender who plays for Preston North End. He used to play for Huddersfield Town, Halifax (loan), Bradford City (loan) and Leyton Orient (loan) in the past and in May, 2013 he joined the Lilywhites. On 5 August, 2013 Clarke scored the winner for Preston against Blackpool and it has to be noted that it was his only second appearance for the club. Tom is Nathan Clarke’s brother and his main position is centre back. However, the Preston footballer is capable of playing as both left and right back as well. Tom Clarke played for England U18 and U19 teams and he scored one goal for the national team at international youth level. Clarke won Football League One play-offs on two occasions. He did it with Huddersfield Town in 2012 and with Preston in 2015. He made 35 appearances for the Lilywhites in the 2015/2016 Championship campaign, but he failed to find the net.
Highlighted Team (Sheffield Wednesday):
Sheffield Wednesday are one of the two famous clubs from the city of Sheffield (South Yorkshire). The Owls compete in the English second tier (Championship) and they play their home matches at Hillsborough. The venue was the scene of the Hillsborough disaster which occurred in 1989 when 96 Liverpool supporters were crushed to death in the FA Cup semi-final. It has to be noted that the World Cup (1966) and the Euro (1996) matches were played at Hillsborough. Sheffield Wednesday have won four First Division trophies (1902/2903, 1903/1904, 1928/1929, 1929/2930) and they finished the 1960/1961 campaign in second place in the standings. The Owls have clinched three FA Cup trophies (1896, 1907, 1935), with the team winning the League Cup in 1991. Sheffield Wednesday defeated English giants Manchester United (1-0) in the title game. Sheffield United are regarded as the Owls’ main rivals and the two teams face each other in the Steel City derby.