IT’S the start of a derby day double-header for Wednesday when they visit Chesterfield’s B2net Stadium for the very first time competitively on Saturday.
The Owls face the big one against Sheffield United next weekend but victory over John Sheridan’s Spireites would give an out-of-form Owls team a big boost.
On paper the Owls should make the short trip back to S6 with maximum points against relegation-threatened Chesterfield, but the hosts will fancy their chances of an upset against their bitter rivals.
It’s a sell-out and there’s set to be an electric atmosphere for the League One clash.
Chesterfield Team News:
Although Chesterfield have a Wembley appearance coming up in the JP Trophy, they’re position in League One is worrying and the Spireites will hope to use their trophy run to kick-on in the league.
Their form has improved over the last month or so and they’ll be eager to bag all three points, and the local bragging rights, with victory over near-neighbours Wednesday this weekend.
The fact Owls legend John Sheridan is boss at the B2net adds some spice to the fixture, while former boss Chris Turner and former chairman Dave Allen are also at Chesterfield now.
Mark Allott (hamstring), James Hurst (ankle) and Jimmy Juan (calf) are the only doubts for the Spireites going into the derby clash.
Player to watch: Drew Talbot
Wednesday’s links with Chesterfield continues on the pitch with striker Drew Talbot likely to start on Saturday. Talbot netted in the Owls’ play-off final win over Hartlepool United and Wednesday fans have fond memories of the attacker.
Wednesday Team News:
Wednesday could welcome Reda Johnson back to their defence after the Benin international sat out the last two games through suspension.
Johnson is expected to go straight back in to the starting eleven at left-back with the Owls suffering two defeats with him absent.
Striker Ryan Lowe and on-loan John Bostock could both return to the squad after missing the midweek defeat to Stevenage through injury and illness respectively.
Lowe had a scan on a calf injury this week while Bostock, on-loan from Tottenham Hotspur, missed out through illness.
Defender Miguel Llera could also be available for selection but Megson could opt to stick with skipper Rob Jones and Danny Batth at the back.
Winger Mike Jones, a January recruit from Bury, will be pushing for a starting role after being used mainly as a substitute in recent weeks.
Player to watch: Jermaine Johnson
JJ is one of the few Wednesday players to come out of recent games with any credit thanks to his goalscoring return. The Owls will be looking for him to be on top form again at the B2net, but he’ll need to keep his cool in what will doubt be an electric derby atmosphere.
Match Facts & Stats
Chesterfield wins: 11
Wednesday wins: 12
Last Time Out:
Wednesday 3-1 Chesterfield
Goals from Lewis Buxton and Gary Madine put Wednesday 2-0 to the good before former Owl Leon Clarke pulled a goal back for the visitors. Ben Marshall made sure of the three points for Wednesday with a third in the 87th minute.
v Sheffield United (H) – 26/2/12
v Rochdale (A) – 3/3/12