Predicting the results of Sheffield Wednesday's first six Championship games

General view of the Stadium ahead of the match

The Owls will be hoping to go one better than last season where they narrowly missed out on promotion.

Sheffield Wednesday manager Carlos Carvalhal

Carlos Carvalhal will know better than anyone how a slow start to the season does not end a side's hopes of batting for promotion come the end of the campaign. Nevertheless, the Sheffield Wednesday boss will be looking for a much stronger start than last term where they managed just one win in their opening seven games.

Here is a look at how we expect the Owls' opening six games to go:

Aston Villa (Home) - Draw

Though the Villains endured a miserable campaign last year, there is clearly fresh optimism at Villa Park with a new owner and Champions League winning manager at the helm. Nevertheless, these two teams will both be eyeing up a top six spot so it is likely to be a close encounter with a draw arguably seeming the most likely result. However, both sides have players in their teams that have the quality to create a moment of magic that will settle the game.

New manager Roberto Di Matteo poses after the press conference

Norwich City (Away) - Draw

Like the Owls' opening day opponents, the Canaries are looking to bounce back following relegation. Unlike Villa however, very little appears to have changed so far so the disappointment of dropping out of the top flight may still linger in Alex Neil's squad which should give Wednesday an excellent chance of getting something from their trip to Carrow Road.

Burton Albion (Away) - Win

Though Burton will be desperate to prove that they are not in the second tier to make up the numbers, Carvalhal will surely feel that his squad has too much quality for Nigel Clough's men. With two draws under their belt beforehand, the Owls will have the confidence from taking points off teams that were playing in the Premier League last year but will also be itching to bag that first win. 

Leeds United (Home) - Win

It won't be until their fourth game of the season that Wednesday will take on a side that they faced in a league fixture last term. But the Yorkshire derby is certainly worth waiting for. Though there was some controversy in last season's meeting at Hillsborough, Wednesday won fairly comfortably, and stand a good chance of repeating that victory if a few poor results sees the optimism following Garry Monk's appointment at Elland Road practically disappear before they meet. 

Swansea manager Garry Monk

Brentford (Away) - Draw

Dean Smith had a tough start to life at Griffin Park but hinted at the back end of last season that he's starting to get to grips with the Championship. The Bees' task of keeping the Owls at bay will undoubtedly be much tougher if Alan Judge is not back to his influential best following his horrific leg break at the end of last season. Nevertheless, they will still be difficult to break down, and Carvalhal may not be too disappointed with a point.

Wigan Athletic (Home) - Win

If the Owls are to establish themselves as pace-setters, they will no doubt be looking to quash any hope that teams like Wigan have going into the new campaign. The Latics are coming up from League One, and will have taken belief from the likes of Southampton and Norwich who have previously secured back-to-back promotions. If Wednesday can keep Will Grigg from catching fire, they will be more than confident that the likes of Gary Hooper and Fernando Forestieri can lead the side to a third win from their opening six games.

Sheffield Wednesday celebrate after the game

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