Newcastle United v Sheffield Wednesday tips: Back BTTS at St James’ Park
The Owls will prove tough opposition for the Magpies on Boxing Day
December 22nd, 2016
Sheffield Wednesday have now been absent from the top flight of the English game for quite some time now and they have since been sitting tight and building up momentum prior to launching a sustained challenge on the automatic promotion places. It nearly paid off last season and the Owls could go one better this time around.
Wednesday fell at the final hurdle at the end of 2015/16 by losing the play-off final 1-0 to Hull City and whilst many would have been surprised that they had actually made it that far, it wouldn’t be a massive shock to see them manage another top-six finish this time around.
Wednesday currently sit eleven points adrift of the top two in the Championship and we don’t envisage the Owls closing that gap anytime soon, however should Carlos Carvalhal’s men continue to grind out the good results which they have been, then we believe that they could go one better than last season.
The Owls have won four of their last five games with their only defeat being against fellow promotion hopefuls Reading. Steven Fletcher found the net in three of those matches and he will be confident of adding to this total when he visits the home of the bitter rivals of his previous side Sunderland.
The Magpies have been in excellent form in the Championship this season so far with Rafael Benitez proving to be a hit on Tyneside as he steers his new charges ever closer to the Premier League at the first time of asking. Newcastle have slipped up a couple of times this term already but to be fair that was only to be expected and the side will be confident of moving ever closer the top flight with a further three points on Boxing Day.
Understandably the home side are a short price of 7/10 to win this match and they are certainly hard to oppose, however we’re of the opinion that they are definitely not certainties to steal the points from a solid Sheffield Wednesday outfit and the best value is to back both teams to score at odds of 6/5 in what could possibly be a Premier League fixture next season.