Our football match prediction:
Sheffield Wednesday are determined to book their place in the Championship play-offs and they have been leaving their hearts on the field in recent league fixtures. Thanks to a 2-1 win at QPR the Owls extended their winning run in the Championship to five games and they will be looking to give fans yet another reason for celebration when they host Derby County at their Hillsborough Stadium. Wednesday are only two points clear of seventh-placed Leeds United in the standings, meaning that Saturday’s football match is of big importance for the hosts. Huddersfield Town ruined Derby’s play-offs hopes on Monday and seeing that the Rams have been far from impressive on the travels this season, we predict that the Owls will pick up all three points from the match. Fernando Forestieri is likely to be recalled to the starting XI and the Italian attacker should lead the line for the hosts against Derby.
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 (Derby County):
Derby County are one of the 12 founder members of the Football League. However, nowadays the Rams compete in the Championship and they play their home matches at Pride Park Stadium. Derby County have won the two trophies in the English top flight (1971/1972, 1974/1975), with the team lifting the FA Cup trophy just after the World War II (1946). Derby’s main rivals are Nottingham Forest, Leicester City and Leeds United, but the rivalry between Forest and Derby is regarded as the biggest one. The two teams take on each other in the East Midlands derby. The colour of Derby’s shirts is white, whilst their shorts are black. It has to be noted that the club was founded in 1884 by William Morley. The Rams competed in the European competitions four times, but they did not record a notable result in the European Cups. The club’s chairman is Mel Morris.