Wednesday will be looking to bag an early Christmas present at St James’ Park with three points over Exeter City which could take them to the top of the npower League One table.
The Owls will go into the clash in Devon on the back of a 6-2 thumping over Bristol Rovers last weekend and facing an Exeter side for the first time in 30 years.
And, should three points come Wednesday’s way, Alan Irvine’s men could find themselves at the top of the table going into Christmas, should leaders Brighton & Hove Albion lose at home against Notts County tonight (Friday).
But the Grecians will be no pushovers after having enjoyed a decent start to the season after just avoiding relegation last season.
Exeter City Team News:
The Grecians will be without defender Tory Archibald-Henville through suspension after collecting five yellow cards throughout the season.
But boss Paul Tisdale will have no fresh injury concerns ahead of the Owls’ visit as his side look to build on their midweek Johnstone’s Paint Trophy success against Bristol Rovers.
It will be the first time in five weeks that Exeter have played a game at St James’ Park, owing to the recent snowfall and sub-zero temperatures which forced the postponement of a number of games.
But the Devon club are confident that the visit of the Owls will go ahead – and in front of one of their biggest crowds of the season.
Player to watch: Jamie Cureton
With all respect to Exeter, their first eleven won’t contain too many ‘named’ players that Owls fans will know too much about. Jamie Cureton is the one who will stand out, and Exeter will be looking to his goals to bag what would be their biggest win of the season against Wednesday.
Wednesday Team News:
Wednesday will be boosted with the return of top-scorer Neil Mellor, who returned to training this week and could make the squad for the trip to Devon.
Whether Mellor will get a game is another matter, after the Owls smashed six past Bristol Rovers last weekend, and boss Alan Irvine is set to stick with the same eleven that played so well.
That means Jermaine Johnson continuing up front alongside Clinton Morrison – who will be desperate to find the back of the net after doing every but last weekend.
The match will come too soon for Jon Otsemobor, who is recovering from a calf injury, while Giles Coke and Lewis Buxton will also be missing through injury.
Player to watch: Clinton Morrison
Morrison put in a man-of-the-match performance against Bristol Rovers last weekend, doing everything but finding the back of the net. He’ll be hoping he can turn his hard work into goals this weekend at St James’ Park and will be a key player for the Owls.
Match Facts & Stats
Exeter wins: 4
Wednesday wins: 2
Last Time Out:
Exeter City 1-0 Wednesday
St James’ Park, 26/04/1980
It was 30 years ago when the two sides last met, and it was Exeter who grabbed victory on home soil by a single goal.
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