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MATCH PREVIEW V SHEFF WED

22 November 2017

A look at the midweek clash as Blues host the Owls at Portman Road

Current standings: Just two league places separate the sides. Town hold 10th after a dramatic draw against Hull at the weekend, but could rise to seventh should other results go Blues’ way and Mick McCarthy’s side secure all three points at Portman Road tonight. Sheffield Wednesday are 12th and unbeaten in their last four league games.

 League form:

Town - 7/15 points.                                                     Sheff Wed – 8/15 points.

Norwich (H) L 1-0                                                       Derby (A) L 2-0

Burton Albion (A) W 2-1                                             Barnsley (H) D 1-1

Cardiff (A) L 3-1                                                          Millwall (H) W 2-1

Preston (H) W 3-0                                                        Aston Villa (A) W 2-1

Hull (A) D 2-2                                                             Bristol City (H) D 0-0

Last time we met: Town 0-1 Sheffield Wednesday. 29.04.17

Kieran Lee’s strike for the visitors was enough for all three points last time the two clubs met. Lee struck in the 77th minute when the midfielder produced a deft finish to convert Daniel Pudil’s cross. Town went closest through David McGoldrick but his angled drive was clawed away by Owls’ shot-stopper Keiren Westwood. Emyr Huws also had a good chance for the hosts but side-footed over the crossbar, meaning the Owls took the spoils at Portman Road.

Previous meetings at Portman Road:

Town 0-3 Sheff Wed 27.10.12

Town 2-1 Sheff Wed 03.05.14

Town 2-1 Sheff Wed 10.02.15

Town 2-1 Sheff Wed 15.08.15

Town 0-1 Sheff Wed 29.04.17

One to watch: Gary Hooper
The English forward has seven Championship goals this season, and has four more goals than Wednesday’s next top scorer (Jordan Rhodes) in all competitions. The 29-year-old also has two league assists, coming in the draw at home to Barnsley and the impressive victory away to Aston Villa.

Could be the difference: The Wednesday curse.
The Owls have lost nine of their last 12 League games played on a Wednesday (W1 D2), including one against Birmingham this season.

Note to fans
There are no cash turnstiles for Cobbold Upper tonight. Also, no autographs after the game for home fans. 

 


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