Steve Bruce’s Sheffield Wednesday have put together a sensational 12-game unbeaten run in the Championship, and on the verge of pulling off one of the great play-off runs in recent times.
But just how many points will they get, and will that amount be enough to see them sneak into the top six.
We have looked at the Owls’ remaining fixtures, and can see them picking up a further 14 points, seeing them finish on 69.
Only once in the last 10 seasons would a points total that low have seen them make the play-offs — Leicester City finishing sixth in the 2012/13 season on 68 points.
In fact, on the last two occasions Wednesday made the play offs — in 2016/17 and 2015/16 — they finished fourth on 81pts and sixth on 74pts respectively.
The difference this year, however, is that the race is so open, and so many teams involved that they are each taking points off the other, that the likely haul for the sixth-placed team is likely to be much lower.
Wednesday fans will need no reminding that mid-April sees their side visit Leeds and Norwich on successive weekends, in what promises to be a particularly tricky spell.
With the automatic race also all to play for, we think that the Owls are likely to lose both those games, but they are likely to be their only two defeats of the run-in.
They are definitely capable of winning all their remaining games at Hillsborough, and should also pick up a point at both Stoke and Preston.
Scouring the fixtures of the other play-off hopefuls, we calculate — with the help of the World Football website’s predictor — that Wednesday will fall short, finishing tenth.
Sheffield United and West Brom clear of the rest in third and fourth, with Derby fifth on 75pts and Middlesbrough taking the final spot with 74.
But a tenth placed finish — considering where they were at the turn of the year — would not be a diasastrous season, by any means, and will give Bruce a platform to build on next season.
Where do you think Wednesday will finish? Will they make it to the play-offs and prove us wrong? Let us know…
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