It may yet be Christmas but Wednesday face a proverbial relegation six-pointer at Hillsborough this Saturday when fellow strugglers Bristol City make the trip north in the Championship.
Both the Owls and the Robins are far from flying high this term and find themselves in the relegation zone, level on points with City only above Wednesday on goal difference.
It makes this weekend’s match crucial for both sides in the long run, especially for Owls boss Dave Jones who is coming mounting pressure.
It is the first of two massive matches for Wednesday, with a trip to Barnsley to follow – and Jones will be eager to bag six points.
Owls midfielder Danny Mayor told the official SWFC website:<.b>
“We know it`s a big game, it`s like a six-pointer. We know we can win, but we must be at our best.
“If we can match how we played last week at Cardiff, then I`m sure we can get back to winning ways this weekend.”
Robins boss Derek McInnes told the official BCFC website:
“I know we`ve been on a poor run but over time I think the players have been good at responding to bad performances.
“In any game you`ve got to impose yourself from the start and that was the big disappointment for me against Wolves.
“We have to be up for Saturday (against Sheffield Wednesday), we have to be confident on the ball and impose ourselves with or without the ball.
“We have to make it a difficult afternoon for them and a good one for us.”
Wednesday Team News:
Wednesday could be light on attacking options this weekend with Jay Bothroyd likely to miss out for the second week running with an ankle injury sustained in the last home match against Watford.
Loan signing Mamady Sidibe is also a doubt with a hamstring injury suffered in the slender 1-0 loss at Cardiff City last Sunday, as is defender Anthony Gardner.
Gary Madine could be set to start in attack while Martin Taylor and Miguel Llera are the likely central defensive duo should Gardner miss out.
Player to watch: Gary Madine
Wednesday will need a goal threat if they are to come out on top in the ‘six pointer’ and that honour is set to fall to Madine, last season’s top-scorer, should Sidibe and Bothoryd both fail to feature through injury.
Bristol City Team News:
City have injury problems of their own coming into the game with former Huddersfield Town hitman Jon Stead expected to miss out through a groin injury.
Louis Carey is also a doubt with a calf injury while Lewin Nyatanga (also groin), Stephen McManus (strained ligaments) and Cole Skuse (fractured cheekbone) are also injury doubts.
Player to watch: Neil Danns
Danns has been brought in on loan from Leicester City to help the Robins’ battle against relegation and his performance will be key on Saturday.
Match Facts & Stats
Bristol City: L-L-W-D-L
Wednesday wins: 24
Robins wins: 14
Last Time Out:
Bristol City 0-3 Wednesday
Ashton Gate, FA Cup, 8/1/11
Wednesday caused somewhat of a shock the last time the sides met, cruising to victory in the FA Cup 3rd round. All the goals came in the second half, with Gary Teale, Neil Mellor and Clinton Morrison getting on the scoresheet.
v Barnsley (A) – 15/12/12
v Charlton (H) – 22/12/12