Wednesday aim to keep shutting out opponents to recover lost points

Attention turns back to the Championship this weekend after as Sheffield Wednesday travel to Ashton Gate to face Bristol City in the early kick off on Sunday.  

Both sides exited the EFL Cup earlier this week against Premier League sides Aston Villa and Fulham so all focus will be back on the league and securing three points.  

Sheffield Wednesday are still looking to claw themselves back up the table. They are currently sitting bottom of the Championship on –8pts after receiving a points deduction before the season started, leaving them with a huge task ahead of themselves for the season. A positive start to the season for the Owls however has installed hope once again amongst the club as they look to survive relegation.

An impressive away victory against Cardiff at the start of the season, and a goalless draw against promotion favourites Watford last weekend, has the Owls in surprisingly good form considering their tough start to the season.  

One thing that has massively improved for Sheffield Wednesday this season is their ability to keep clean sheets. For the first time since 2015, Wednesday have kept 4 clean sheets in a row which is in stark contrast to the end of last season as they were regularly conceding goals in games. 

A major part to this improvement at the back is the resurgence in form of Tom Lees in the heart of the Owls defence. He has had the most clearances of any player in the league thus far.  

Owls manager Garry Monk said: “I have been delighted with what he has done so far. I have seen a lot of Tom over the years and know what he is capable of. He has come back very focused and he is Tom Lees at this moment in time that we all know he can be.”  

It will be a tough test for Tom Lees and co at the weekend though as they travel to one of the form teams in the league so far as Bristol City sit in second place with two wins from two in their opening games. Comfortable victories over Coventry City and Stoke City have given the Robins a great start to the season as they look to push for a play-off place.  

After the 3-0 defeat to Aston Villa midweek, Bristol City manager Dean Holden said: “It’s now all about the league and a positive response is needed.

“It’s always about what we do next, recovery is big now and Sheffield Wednesday played last night (Wednesday) so they have an extra day but it’s not too big a deal, as long as we recover properly and attack the game as we did in the previous four.”  

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