Real Murcia vs Sheffield Wednesday predictions for this friendly pre-season game that will be played on Tuesday at the Pinatar Arena. Read on for all our free betting tips and predictions.
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Real Murcia vs Sheffield Wednesday Predictions
An exciting preseason clash in Spain
– Real Murcia, despite the best away record, faltered at home, leading to their sixth-place finish in the third tier.
– Sheffield’s top scorer, Josh Windass, delivered when it mattered the most, scoring the goal that sealed their promotion.
Sheffield Wednesday, the recently promoted Championship side, will be jetting off to Spain this week for an overseas training camp, climaxing in a face-off with Real Murcia at the Pinatar Arena on Tuesday. This encounter marks a triumphant homecoming for Xisco Munoz, Sheffield’s newly appointed manager, who has replaced Darren Moore. After a season punctuated with unforeseen hurdles, the triumphant elevation of Sheffield to the Championship is a testament to their tenacity.
Sheffield’s Rocky Road to Championship
The journey of Sheffield Wednesday to the Championship was anything but straightforward. Despite a remarkable tally of 97 points, it wasn’t sufficient for automatic promotion due to the tightest of margins. The path became even murkier for Wednesday when they faced a crushing 4-0 defeat in the first leg of their playoff semi-final against Peterborough United.
However, Sheffield’s never-die attitude saw them bounce back in the face of adversity. Liam Palmer’s 98th-minute equaliser propelled the match into extra time. Even after Peterborough gained a lead during the first half of the added time, Wednesday managed to square up once again, forcing a penalty shootout. In a surprising twist of events, Wednesday emerged victorious, overturning the largest deficit in playoff history.
Their dream run didn’t stop there. A dramatic 123rd-minute goal by Josh Windass in the final match against Barnsley at Wembley earned them a ticket to the Championship. However, in a shocking development, Moore and his coaching staff amicably parted ways with the club, leading to the appointment of Xisco Munoz.
Xisco’s Spanish Connection
A native of Spain, Xisco has an impressive record of promoting Watford to the Premier League in 2020 during his previous stint in England. This fixture presents him an opportunity to face off against a club he is familiar with from his playing days in La Liga during the 2000s.
This preseason face-off with Murcia will be Wednesday’s fourth friendly game, after a stalemate at York City, a victory against Chesterfield Town, and a sobering defeat by Burnley behind closed doors.
Murcia’s Stumble in Home Stretch
On the other side, Murcia find themselves in the third tier of Spanish football, a far cry from their occasional presence in La Liga in previous years. Their season took a downturn when they missed the playoffs, owing to a poor finish. Despite being strong on the road, a series of disappointing home performances saw them finish sixth, missing out on the playoffs by a whisker.
Star Players and Transfers
Real Murcia’s squad is headlined by former Real Madrid and Getafe midfielder Pedro Leon, who, at 36, is back to the club where he initiated his career. Pablo Ganet, the club’s influential player, was absent for a while due to his international duty with Equatorial Guinea, contributing to their successful Africa Cup of Nations qualification.
Sheffield Wednesday, on the other hand, have seen several departures during the early summer transfer window, including Fisayo Dele-Bashiru and Jaden Brown. In the midst of these departures, Reece James’s permanent move from Blackpool remains the only significant incoming so far.
Looking Ahead – Predictions
Prediction 1: Both Teams to Score and Sheffield Wednesday to Win
Given the data at hand, the first prediction is based on the “Both Teams to Score and Sheffield Wednesday to Win” market. The rationale behind this comes from a deep analysis of the teams’ previous performances and potential.
Sheffield Wednesday had a fantastic run in the League One last season, scoring an impressive 81 goals in 46 matches. Furthermore, their recent form suggests that they are carrying their momentum into the pre-season, with the exception of a defeat to Burnley.
On the other side of the pitch, Real Murcia’s star player, Pedro Leon, despite being 36, has the ability to create opportunities and pose a significant threat to Sheffield’s defence. Furthermore, their offensive capabilities led to them having the best away record in the third tier of Spanish football last season.
The key to this prediction is Sheffield Wednesday’s stronger squad and higher quality play, which should see them win the game. However, considering Real Murcia’s potential to score, especially with Pedro Leon, both teams scoring is a reasonable expectation.
Prediction 2: Correct Score – 2-1 to Sheffield Wednesday
The second prediction looks at the correct score of the game, pegging it at a 2-1 victory for Sheffield Wednesday. This prediction is built around the offensive strengths and defensive weaknesses of both sides. Sheffield Wednesday’s attacking prowess, demonstrated by their average of 1.8 goals per game last season, suggests they have the capacity to put at least a couple of goals past Real Murcia.
Yet, Sheffield Wednesday’s defence isn’t infallible. Despite keeping a high number of clean sheets last season, their recent 3-0 defeat to Burnley indicates potential vulnerability. Therefore, it wouldn’t be surprising if Real Murcia, with talents like Pedro Leon and Dani Vega, managed to find the net at least once.
Prediction 3: Goalscorer – Josh Windass
The final prediction focuses on individual performance, with Josh Windass tipped to score during the match. Windass showed remarkable form last season and was instrumental in Sheffield Wednesday’s promotion. His crucial 123rd-minute goal against Barnsley at Wembley in the final attests to his ability to step up in high-pressure situations.
Moreover, Windass’ experience in the Championship and League One should give him an edge over Real Murcia’s defenders, who are primarily used to the third tier of Spanish football. Therefore, the chance of Windass finding the back of the net in this match is quite significant.
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