Our football match prediction:
Sheffield Wednesday play host to Barnsley at their Hillsborough Stadium on day 14 of the new Championship campaign. The Owls head into Saturday’s football match following back-to-back defeats to the likes of Bolton and Derby County, but it has to be noted that they face both the Trotters and the Tykes on the road. Sheffield Wednesday are tough to beat at home and they recorded three wins in previous four home games in the league. Barnsley, on the other hand, aim to make amends for a 1-0 loss to Hull City, but seeing that they have already suffered three defeats on the road so far this season, we are tempted to put our money on Wednesday this time out. In their last meeting at Hillsborough Stadium Sheffield Wednesday recorded a 2-0 win over Barnsley and we predict that the history is going to repeat itself.
Highlighted 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 (Barnsley):
Barnsley are an English club nicknamed the Tykes. The club was founded in 1887 and it has to be noted that they spend more seasons in the Championship than any other club in the history. The Tykes played in the Sheffield and District League from 1890, but in 1895 they were part of the Midland League. Barnsley play their home games at Oakwell, the stadium that was built in 1887. The capacity of the stadium is 23,009 and it was opened back in 1888, just one year after the club’s foundation. The Tykes made it to the FA Cup final in 1910, but Newcastle United proved to be a big catch for the Oakwell outfit in the title game. Nonetheless, Barnsley won the FA Cup trophy in 1912 and that is considered the club’s biggest success. Barnsley defeated West Bromwich Albion in the two-legged tie (0-0, 1-0) to clinch the prestigious trophy for the first and only time in their history.