Opposition report: Sheffield Wednesday

Blues have only lost 1 of their last 7 encounters with the Owls in all competitions.


A closer look at today's opponents at Hillsborough...


Sheffield Wednesday stayed 22nd in the Sky Bet Championship after only a third league defeat in 8 games under caretaker boss Neil Thompson on Tuesday night. The Owls fell to a 1-0 away loss against Stoke City, having won three of their last four before that. 

It's been a turbulent season for the Owls that began with a points deduction and has seen the sacking of both Garry Monk and Tony Pulis. 

They're now being overseen by Thompson - who's coached at the club for nearly ten years. He's led them to three wins in their last five; including victories over Wycombe Wanderers, Bournemouth and Preston North End. 


Neil Thompson has been working at Wednesday since 2011 when he was drafted in to work with then-manager Gary Megson.

Thompson has spent time coaching both the club's academy and first team over the last near-decade, including taking the under-23s to a Professional Development League triumph in 2016/17.

The 57-year-old stepped up into his current role as a first-team coach after Steve Bruce departed the club in July 2019 to take the Newcastle job.

He remained in the post after Garry Monk was sacked last year, despite many of the former Blues managers' backroom staff being removed from their posts as a result of his departure.

Thompson does have prior management experience having had spells in charge of York City, Scarborough and Boston United - all as a player-manager.


Former Villa man Barry Bannan has five assists under his belt this season and his been Wednesday's biggest creative force. 

He's played 32 games in all competitions, making 48 chances in all - that's around 1.50 a match. 

With over 1,600 passes completed this campaign, he's Wednesday's biggest mover of the ball; to put that in perspective, he's over 700 passes ahead of Adam Reach who comes in second in that category. 

His dead-ball deliveries are also worth keeping an eye out for. 


The Owls picked up their second win of the season at St. Andrew's back in February, as a Barry Bannan penalty saw them over the line against Blues in a 1-0 win.

In a closely fought encounter, Scott Hogan had the ball in the net late on for Blues, but he was adjudged as offside by the linesman. 

Back then, Garry Monk was in-charge of the Owls and his team had lost just one of their first five fixtures having started the season with a 12 point deduction. 


Blues' first meeting with Sheffield Wednesday came over 125 years ago - all the way back in 1892. It was an away match as Small Heath travelled north in the FA Cup - eventually coming back to the second city with a 2-0 victory.

Since then, Blues and Wednesday have met on a further 99 occasions - Blues winning thirty-eight times and Sheffield thirty-five. There've been twenty-seven draws. 

Blues' best run against the Owls came in the early 1900's. Between 1906 and 1928, Blues didn't lose a single game, winning eight and drawing three. 


The rivalry between Wednesday and city rivals United is as fierce as they come but their head-to-head record is one of the closest in world football. 

They've played each-other on 144 occasions, with Sheffield United winning 49 games, Wednesday winning 48 and there being 47 draws. 

The first-ever fixture between the two clubs was a 2-1 win for Wednesday on April 23, 1891, in front of just over 3,000 fans, over 125 years ago.