Sheffield Wednesday host Aston Villa at Hillsborough on the first matchday of the Sky Bet Championship.
The Owls were one-step away from the promotion to the Premier League last season. Sheffield Wednesday took 6th spot in the tables with 74 points earned and 66:45 goal difference and proceeded to the playoffs. On top of that, Sheffield Wednesday managed to outplay Brighton in the semifinals (3:1 on agg) and advanced to the final. Unfortunately for them Hull City were luckier at Wembley Stadium and earned a promotion to the elite division. This summer the Owls played 7 friendlies recording 5 wins, 1 draw and 1 defeat. We should mention Sheffield Wednesday are currently on 6-game unbeaten streak at home.
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Aston Villa were the biggest disappointment of the Premier League last season. It was clear in winter the Villans would be relegated. Aston Villa earned 17 points and finished on the last spot in the league with 27:76 goal difference. Now Roberto Di Matteo is set to return the Villans to the Premier League. We should mention the visitors have solid squad that may allow them to earn a promotion this season, however, quality players isn’t always enough to be successful in the Championship.
The last time Sheffield Wednesday faced Aston Villa was 2000. On top of that, the Villans won all 4 matchups against the Owls with 6:2 goal difference. But things have changed and the hosts are expected to avoid losing to newly-relegated side.
Prediction for the match: Sheffield Wednesday to win with 0 handicap.