Wednesday will be looking to build on Luke Varney’s late, late winner against Watford in midweek with more points to push them towards safety at Coventry City this weekend.
Wednesday are unbeaten in their last four matches going into the game, and avoiding defeat at the Ricoh and stretching that record to five would be an impressive return in the battle against the drop.
The Sky Blues still have promotion aspirations though, although slender, as they sit eight points off the play-offs – and they know anything less than three points on Saturday would all-but end those slim hopes.
Sky Blues boss Chris Coleman told the official Coventry website:
‘They [Coventry players] will need to be excellent again on Saturday because Sheffield Wednesday are fighting for their Championship status and we know this is going to be a real hard game.
‘Alan Irvine will have a points total in mind which he will think will save them from relegation and I imagine his players will not stop until they have reached that and it will be no different at the weekend.
‘They will see this as an opportunity to get another three points closer to their target and we see it as an opportunity to climb back up the table.’
Coventry City Team News:
The Sky Blues will be keen to get back to winning ways after losing pace with the play-offs thanks to two defeats and two draws from their last four outings.
Boss Chris Coleman could ring the changes following the poor results of late, but he has no new injury or suspension worries for the visit of the Owls.
Former Doncaster man Michael McIndoe is still sidelined with a back injury.
Former Owl Richard Wood is set to start against the Owls for the first time since making the switch to City earlier this season.
Player to watch: Richard Wood
All eyes will be on the former Owls man, and a mixture of jeering and cheering will no doubt be expected – probably more of the former than the latter. He’s a first team regular at the Ricoh and will know all about the Wednesday attack.
Wednesday Team News:
Wednesday will be without midfielder Tommy Miller, who limped off in Wednesday night’s win against Watford with a calf injury.
The former Ipswich Town and Sunderland man had been finding form since returning from a hamstring injury but will sit out on Saturday as he awaits a scan on his calf problem on Monday.
It means boss Alan Irvine, who tried but failed to bring in a loan player this week, is set to stick with the same eleven that were on the field following Miller’s substitution in midweek.
Leon Clarke could start in attack in a three-pronged formation alongside Marcus Tudgay and Luke Varney – Wednesday night’s match-winner.
But Francis Jeffers, a substitute in the Owls’ last two matches, will also be pushing for a starting role this time.
Jermaine Johnson is still sidelined for the Owls – a big blow – as is Sean McAllister, but Irvine has no other fresh injury or suspension concerns for the trip to the Ricoh.
Player to watch: Luke Varney
Varney’s last-gasp strike in midweek could well prove to be the most important goal in Wednesay’s season come the end of the campaign, and boss Alan Irvine will be hoping for more of the same from the Derby County loanee this weekend.
Match Facts & Stats
Coventry wins: 31
Wednesday wins: 28
Last Time Out:
Wednesday 2-0 Coventry
Early first-half goals from Darren Purse and Leon Clarke (penalty) proved enough to give Wednesday the three points in the reverse fixture earlier in the season. More of the same please!
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