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Preston vs Sheffield Wednesday predictions & tips - Blades to start season with a win

  • Preston vs Sheffield Wednesday is one of the stand out Championship matches on the opening weekend
  • We think the Owls will start the campaign with a valuable away win
  • Here's our best bets and predictions for the Deepdale clash
The Sheffield Wednesday team look on during the penalty shoot out during the Sky Bet Championship play off semi final

Preston and Sheffield Wednesday go head to head on the opening weekend of the Championship season and we're backing the visitors to start the campaign with three points.

This is likely to be a lively opening encounter of the season. Sheffield Wednesday will take plenty of fans to the game, while Preston are ready for their first competitive game under Alex Neil. The former Norwich boss took over from Simon Grayson in the summer for what could be the biggest challenge of his career to date.

While Neil had some success with Norwich - winning promotion via the play-offs in his first campaign - he had a very talented squad to work with, many with Premier League quality. At Preston, he will have to work harder to get the best out of a group of players that finished 11th in the table last season.

At one point, it looked as though they could push for the play-offs, but no wins in their final six games of the season put an end to that. With a player turnover, new manager, new coaching staff and a brand new campaign - it's a fresh start for Preston. 

One trend of Neil's Norwich was conceding goals and this could be the case again, especially in the first few weeks. They are also up against a very dangerous side in Sheffield Wednesday with the firepower of Gary Hooper, Jordan Rhodes, Steven Fletcher and Fernando Forestieri.

Sometimes in the opening game of the campaign, being away from home takes the pressure off and we think this will be the case on Saturday. Preston might struggle to contain a settled Wednesday side as they adjust to life under their new boss.

Recommended bet:
Sheffield Wednesday to win @ 11/8  with bet365
Over 2.5 goals @ 23/20 with bet365

Preston vs Sheffield Wednesday Match Stats

  • Saturday's match with be Alex Neil's first competitive game in charge of Preston
  • Sheffield Wednesday went the final five away games of last season unbeaten
  • Preston have lost just one competitive home match in 2017 - a 3-1 reverse to Norwich back in May

Preston vs Sheffield Wednesday Match Odds




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Preston vs Sheffield Wednesday predictions & tips - Blades to start season with a win

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