Sheffield Wednesday come into the weekend as the form side in England’s third tier and arguably its top four leagues, having now gone 22 league matches without a defeat since early October.
In that time, Darren Moore’s side have put 16 wins on the board and amassed 54 points to move from third spot to pole position in the race for automatic promotion and the league title.
That includes 11 triumphs from the Owls’ last 12 outings in the third tier and five straight three-point hauls heading into Friday’s game, after a six-match winning run was halted by a 2-2 draw away at fellow promotion-chasers Ipswich Town.
The South Yorkshire outfit had no issue in returning to winning ways and establishing themselves at the top of the division, firstly beating Morecambe and MK Dons before putting
consecutive 1-0 triumphs on the board in their last three outings against Charlton Athletic, Peterborough United and Portsmouth, with Josh Windass’s early goal making the only difference in a tough away trip to the latter last weekend.
Such an eye-catching run has seen Sheffield Wednesday increasingly strengthen their position in the fight for automatic promotion this season, and now with a three-point lead over second-
placed Plymouth Argyle and five-point lead over Ipswich Town outside of the top two, having played two games fewer than both, they will look to further boost their chances of climbing back to the Championship with a sixth straight victory on Friday.
They welcome a Bolton Wanderers side who have experienced a slight dip in form in their bid to fend off the chasing pack in the fight for playoff places, with the visitors currently sat sixth in League One.
After picking up six victories from a seven-match span in England’s third tier between January and late February, the Trotters sat in a strong position in the top-six fight with 62 points on the board from 34 matches, but they have since failed to add another notch to their wins column in three attempts, firstly being beaten 3-1 away at Portsmouth, despite leading through Dion Charles until the 70th minute.
Ian Evatt’s side then met Morecambe and had to settle for a disappointing goalless draw, before most recently hosting third-placed Ipswich Town last weekend and coming away empty-handed, as George Hirst and Cameron Burgess netted goals in a 2-0 away triumph.