Tuesday, December 08, 2009
ROVERS DON'T GIVE A HOOT ABOUT OWLS PROBLEMS ..........
DONCASTER ROVERS- SHEFFIELD WEDNESDAY
Yorkshire derby between two teams at vastly different ends of the confidence scale at the moment. Wednesday are nosediving, they are without a win in seven starts, or a goal in almost 350 minutes and have put in several really inept performances recently, the players are in fragile shape and once they concede, any remaining confidence in their own abillity snaps. Visiting coach Brian Laws is under intense pressure and I doubt this is helping the players much.
Laws will change things around tonight, but the problems go much deeper than that, some supporters and Owls fans are a loyal bunch, have even voiced the opinion that it might be better to lose tonight, as that might force the board to take action. To be fair to the Simon Cowell lookalike, he has been operating under severe financial restraints and his team are better than recent results would suggest, but atm, they are in a mess.
Hosts arrrive bouyed by a fine 3-0 win at Crystal Palace at the weekend and are a very tough side to break down especially at the Keepmoat Stadium, where they play really nice "keep ball" football and have already taken seven points and kept three cleansheets from three top Championship sides in QPR, Cardiff and Swansea. Not many teams will achieve that treble this campaign and gives some idea of how solid they are on home soil. In the last 12 months, Donny have lost just six of 21 home Championship fixtures, four of those came towards the end of last season when safety was already assured and facing three promotion chasing sides and one battling to stave off relegation. So, really just two defeats from 17 starts in what could be termed competitive fixtures.
Wednesday remain a big team in Yorkshire and Doncaster will be out for a famous win, to follow up their 1-0 victory in this fixture last season, a result they dined out on for several weeks afterwards. Visitors have won just five times on the road in the last 14 months, that's 28 Championship starts and I do not see them adding to that tally this evening.
6 points Doncaster -1/4 ball 1.85 asian line.