Owls boss Brian Laws will take his Wednesday side to the Walkers Stadium full of confidence following four points from six against high-flying Cardiff City and West Brom – but knows his side will be up for a tough test against a Leicester side desperate for points.
Rob Kelly’s men have witnessed a dip in form of late which has seen them drop dangerously close to the bottom three – a run which began with defeat at Hillsborough just last month after a fine string of results which saw them shoot up the league.
And Kelly will be hoping his troops can pull a result out of the bag on Saturday as Leicester fans become increasingly unsure about the man who was appointed Foxes boss just last year after the sacking of Craig Levein.
Leicester boss Rob Kelly told the official LCFC site:
‘November was a disappointing month for everyone – the players, the supporters and the staff. We know we didn’t play as well can do during that period, but it wasn’t down to any lack of effort.
‘Wednesday are a competitive team and they will be in our face. They have got some momentum and they are playing with confidence on the back of a few wins.
‘But we have simply got to bounce back now. We come up against Sheffield Wednesday who are on a bit of a roll. It’s a good game for us, and I know the supporters will get behind the players. We are all looking forward to it.’
Leicester City Team News:
The biggest worry for the Foxes is the fitness of club captain Paddy McCarthy who picked up an injury in the defeat to Norwich City on Tuesday night. The defender will undergo a late fitness test after resuming training on Thursday.
Midfielders Andy Johnson, Darren Kenton and Gareth Williams are also likely to miss the visit of the Owls through foot, ankle and calf injuries respestively while boss Rob Kelly has recalled striker Louis Dodds from loan to cover for injuries.
Player to watch: Iain Hume
The former Wednesday target is the current top scorer for the Foxes with nine goals and he’ll be hoping his goals can help the hosts to an overdue win at the Walkers on Saturday. His pace and strength will be a test for Madjid Bougherra – but one that the Owls defender is surely relishing.
Wednesday Team News:
The big blow for Owls boss Brian Laws comes in the suspension of midfielder Kenny Lunt. Lunt has picked up five yellow cards already this season and will be a massive blow after his impressive performances in the middle of the park of late.
Yoann Folly is set to return to the side to replace Lunt after missing out in the midweek victory over West Brom. He’s likely to partner the recalled Glenn Whelen in the centre of the Wednesday midfield.
The other absentee for Wednesday is left-back John Hills who will miss the trip through a hamstring injury picked up on Tuesday night. Hills will be replaced by youngster Tommy Spurr at left back.
Wade Small will sit out the final match of his three-game ban following his sending off at Coventry so on-loan Coventry winger Wayne Andrews will continue down the right and will want to make an impression on his rivals.
Drew Talbot, Richard Wood, Peter Gilbert and Steve Adams are all still sidelined through injury.
Player to watch: Marcus Tudgay
Tudgay’s form of late has seen him shoot up the top scorer’s ladder and after a spell of two games without a goal the former Derby man will be hoping to get back to scoring ways against his former rivals. His pace, strength and teamwork with Deon Burton helped ripped the Foxes to shreds at Hillsborough and he’ll be a hoping another top performance can see another similar effect.
Match Facts & Stats
Last Time Out:
WEDNESDAY 2-1 Leicester City
4th November 2006 – Hillsborough
The Owls have already swept aside a disappointing Leicester side at Hillsborough less than a month ago as a brace from man-of-the-match Marcus Tudgay helped a rejuvinated Wednesday side pick up all three points against the then in-form Foxes. Matty Fryatt pulled a goal back for Rob Kelly’s men but it was too little too late and the three points went deservedly the way of the Owls.
LCFC wins: 36
SWFC wins: 37
Wednesday: Crossley; Simek, Bullen, Bougherra, Hills (Spurr 27); Andrews (O’Brien 77) Whelan, Lunt, Brunt; Tudgay, Burton (MacLean 82). Subs not used: Adamson, Coughlan.
Leicester: Logan, Stearman (O’Grady 86), Kisnorbo, McCarthy (McAuley 78), Maybury, Low, Hughes, Tiatto, Porter, Hammond, Hume (Fryatt 81). Subs not used: Henderson, Wesolowski.
Last Form – Last 5:
-Taken from www.bet365.com-
Leicester win: 11/10
Wednesday win: 11/5
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