Our match prediction:
Despite making it to the Championship play-offs final last season, Sheffield Wednesday eventually failed to secure promotion to the English elite division. The Owls were beaten by Hull City in the Wembley clash and, as a result, they will participate in the Championship in the 2016/2017 season. Sheffield Wednesday face Aston Villa in the opening match of the season and it remains to be seen if they are capable of matching the Villans, who experienced all sorts of problems in the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign. Roberto Di Matteo took over the reins at Aston Villa and he is on a quest to help the Villans bring glory days back to Villa Park. Aston Villa key players decided not to leave the club in the summer transfer window and that is the main reason why we predict that visitors are going to pick up all three points from Sunday’s football game.
Highligted Player (Glenn Loovens):
Glenn Loovens is the son of Hans Loovens, who used to play for FC Twente in the past. Unlike his father, Glenn started his senior career at Feyenoord and it has to be noted that he played 27 league games for de Trots van Zuid. The right-footed defender played for the likes of Excelsior, De Graafschap and Cardiff City on loan between 2003 and 2006 and then he decided to sign a permanent deal with the Welsh outfit. After playing 67 games for the Bluebirds, he joined Celtic on 16 August, 2008 and it has to be noted that he scored 8 goals in 61 appearances for the Hoops in the Scottish Premier League. In 2012 he moved to Spain, signing a deal with Zaragoza and he played 21 games for the La Romareda outfit in La Liga. Loovens then decided to return to England as he signed a contract with Sheffield Wednesday. Speaking of his international career, the Sheffield Wednesday footballer has two caps for Netherlands, while playing 6 games for the U-21 team.
Highlighted Team (Aston Villa):
Aston Villa are one of the three clubs that dropped to the Championship at the end of the 2015/2016 Premier League campaign. The Villans host their rivals at Villa Park, the stadium that was opened in 1897 and its’ capacity is 42,682. However, it has to be noted that the highest attendance recorded at the stadium was 76,588 when Aston Villa faced Derby County in the FA Cup back in 1946. Aston Villa’s fiercest rivals are Birmingham City and West Bromwich Albion. Nonetheless, the rivalry between Aston Villa and Wolves and Coventry City is big as well. Aston Villa have won seven First Division (Premier League) trophies, with the team clinching seven FA Cup trophies as well. The team’s biggest success, though, came in 1982 when they won the European Cup. The Villans defeated Bayern Munich (1-0) in the title game and Peter Withe was named the man of the match.