By Jude Hall, Sheffield Wednesday writer
Sheffield Wednesday return to League One action this weekend as they face 14th place Plymouth Argyle at 3pm on Saturday.
Following defeat to Morecambe last time out in the league, Darren Moore will be looking for a reaction at Home Park where The Owls will don their brand new pink away strip for the first time this season.
Wednesday’s opponents have made a steady start to the league campaign, winning two of the first five matches and losing just once, with that only defeat coming on the opening day away at Rotherham United. Like The Owls, The Pilgrims saw last weekend’s game rescheduled due to international involvement so will feel refreshed ahead of Wednesday’s visit. Saturday’s hosts remain unbeaten at home so far this season after a 1-0 win over Gillingham, a 1-1 draw against Cambridge and then another 1-1 draw with Fleetwood Town in their last league fixture.
The Argyle manager, Ryan Lowe, will be excited ahead of the clash against his former club, with the Ex-Owls striker scoring eight times during Wednesday’s 2011/12 League One promotion season. The Hillsborough faithful hold pleasant memories of the Liverpudlian who has been linked with the Wednesday job on multiple occasions in the past.
Sheffield Wednesday’s loan goalkeeper Bailey Peacock-Farrell was nominated for the League One player of the month after he was voted as Wednesday’s best player for August, and the 24-year-old has been catching the eye again on international duty with Northern Ireland, saving penalties against Lithuania and Switzerland. The man on loan from Burnley has now faced four penalties this season without conceding whilst only letting in one goal since joining the Yorkshire club. Saturday will prove to be another stern test for The Owls’ defence as they face a strike duo of Luke Jephcott and Ryan Hardie who both have three goals so far this term.
Darren Moore has plenty of strike power in his own armoury following the deadline day addition of Ex-premier league forward Saido Berahino. The 28-year-old made a highly reported move to S6 just over a week ago and could be in contention for the trip down South. Another name back in the mix for Wednesday is that of Olamide Shodipo who is back in full training following his injury in the Carabao Cup first round exit. After decent outings in the Papa John’s Trophy last week both Theo Corbeanu and Sylla Sow also have a case to start making this Darren Moore’s biggest headache so far this season.
Despite the long journey, The Owls come into this one as favourites with just 15 points for correctly predicting an away win whilst should the hosts continue their fine home start there’s 20 points up for grabs. With both teams looking dangerous going forward, there may be a few goals in this one especially with Bailey Peacock-Farrell only recently returning to the Wednesday camp following Northern Ireland heroics. I’ll go with a 2-1 Wednesday win scoring 100 points should it come in. Head over to the ‘play’ section to have your own say…