Wednesday will be looking to make it a lucky seven on Saturday when they travel to Charlton Athletic on the back of a six-game unbeaten run which has lifted them to fourth in npower League One.
Alan Irvine’s men have enjoyed convincing back-to-back victories on the road of late and a third on the spin could fire them up to second should other results go their way.
The clash at The Valley will very much have a feel of a match that should be being played in the higher divisions and Wednesday will be keen to stamp their authority on League One with an impressive result against the Addicks.
Owls boss Alan Irvine told the official SWFC website:
‘Charlton had a great result last week on the back of what was a very disappointing result at their last home game.
‘So their home form has been good and they scored four goals at Carlisle last week, which is a difficult place to go to against a team that hadn’t conceded a lot of goals.’
He continued: ‘We have got a good record at the moment on the road and we hope that that will continue.
‘We said at the start of the season that we will have to do well away from home and get good results. And so far we can be happy with that.’
Addicks boss Phil Parkinson told the official Charlton Athletic website:
‘They’re a strong, solid team. They’ve come down a division and I’m sure it’s going to be a tight game. It might be a set-piece or a substitute that decides it. We’ve all got to be prepared to go right to the last minute of the game. That’s not just the 11 who start, that’s the bench, myself and my staff and all the supporters.’
Charlton Athletic Team News:
Charlton will go into the game full of confidence following an impressive 4-3 victory away at Carlisle United last weekend.
They’ll also be looking to bounce back on home soil after league leaders Brighton put them to the sword with a whopping 4-0 victory at The Valley last time out at home.
Winger Kyel Reid is expected to miss out after suffering ankle ligament damage in that 4-0 loss against Brighton.
But former Owls striker Akpo Sodje could feature against his former club for the first time since making the switch to The Valley.
Alan McCormack will have a late fitness test while Chris Solly is also in contention for a place in Parkinson’s squad after returning to training this week.
Player to watch: Paul Benson
The striker made the switch from Dagenham & Redbridge at the start of the season and has gradually seen his form improve with more matches in the Red of the Addicks. Benson netted twice in the 4-3 victory at Carlisle last weekend and will be full of confidence going into this weekend’s match.
Wednesday Team News:
Wednesday will be light in defence with both Darren Purse and Jon Otsemobor sitting out through suspension.
Captain Purse sits out a one-game ban after picking up five yellow cards while Otsemobor is serving the second of his three-game ban.
It means Tommy Spurr and Richard Hinds will both be considered for a return to the Wednesday back four.
Irvine will be hoping Jermaine Johnson is fit and ready to make an impact after missing last weekend’s draw with Bournemouth due to personal reasons.
JJ returned to training in midweek and after scoring in the 2-0 victory at Yeovil Town will be keen to continue his return to full fitness on Saturday.
Neil Mellor and Gary Teale could return to the first eleven after changing the game as second-half substitutes last weekend.
Nicky Weaver will play against his former club.
Player to watch: Nicky Weaver
Weaver has been in top form all season for Wednesday and will be hoping to keep another clean sheet at The Valley against his former employers this weekend.
Match Facts & Stats
Charlton wins: 15
Wednesday wins: 18
Last Time Out:
Wednesday 4-1 Charlton
The last time the sides met Wednesday made light work of a Charlton side that got relegated to League One in the same season.
Darren Potter opened the scoring while Marcus Tudgay bagged a brace and Francis Jeffers also scored a rare goal in the emphatic win. Matthew Spring replied for the Addicks.
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