The EFL confirmed that the FA, Premier League, EFL and Barclays FA Women’s Super League and FA Women’s Championship will be postponed until April 30 due to the spread of the Covid-19 virus.
The move means Sheffield Wednesday will miss eight league games – Nottingham Forest (home) on March 14, Bristol City (away) on March 17, West Bromwich Albion (home) on March 21, Swansea City (away) on April 4, Preston North End (home) on April 10, Queens Park Rangers (away) on April 13, Huddersfield Town (home) on April 18 and Fulham (away) on April 25. They may resume the season if progress has been made on limiting the spread of the virus.
Wednesday are advised to suspend non-essential activities such as player appearances, training ground visits and fan meetings, so Garry Monk’s side may be spending a number of weeks isolated at home. They may welcome the break, having spiralled in the Championship of late, however.
Where will Sheffield Wednesday finish in the Championship?
1st - 6th
7th - 14th
15th - 21th
22th - 24th
As per WhoScored, the Owls are currently 15th in the table with 48 points from 37 games, having picked up just one win from their last 10. Wednesday are closer to the relegation zone (nine points) than they are to Forest (12 points) and have the second-worst points record in 2020 (nine from a possible 36), so there’s a genuine fear of being in a dogfight for survival.
The break will be a chance for the squad to recharge and re-focus while allowing injured players plenty of time to recover. Monk should have a clean bill of health when the season is resumed, which will give the Owls a fighting chance of arresting their slide.
Only Hull City (5) have picked up fewer points than Wednesday since the turn of the year, so things can’t get much worse.