Wednesday enter the ‘business end’ of the season with a rare ‘nothing to play for’ scenario, but they could have a big impact of promotion and relegation in the Championship.
Saturday’s clash against Norwich City is huge – for the hosts – as the Canaries look for vital points to drag them away from the relegation spots.
Wednesday have always had a good record down at Norwich and Brian Laws and his men will be hoping that continues for the 1400 travelling Wednesdayites, but it’s going to be tough.
Brian Laws told the Norwich Evening News:
“It’s a sell-out crowd. Norwich have a tradition of always having big home crowds and they are fighting for points as hard as anybody else. We have to be prepared for that.
“Our attitude will have to be first-class. They will have the crowd behind them and they will be looking at us as a possible target to get three points but we have to disappoint them. The crowd can be a positive for them but also a negative if things aren’t going well.”
Norwich City Team News:
Bryan Gunn has no fresh injury concerns for the visit of the Owls on Saturday.
Alan Lee will be fit and available to feature against the Owls – rumoured to be the club he turned down to opt for a loan move to Norwich – while Sammy Clingan and David Marshall both return from international duty unscathed.
Lee Croft has stepped up his return from an ankle injury but Saturday’s clash could come too soon.
But former Owl Dejan Stefanovic, Carl Cort and former Wednesday target Wes Hoolahan are all sidelined through injury.
Player to watch: Alan Lee
The former Rotherham United frontman was rumoured to be joining the Owls on loan before opting for Norwich, and will be keen to prove himself, and help Norwich to three vital points. His power and heading ability will no doubt cause the Wednesday defence problems.
Wednesday Team News:
Wednesday have no fresh injury concerns for the trip to Carrow Road, and could be boosted with the return of striker Akpo Sodje to the squad.
Luke Varney is set to get a start in the blue and white stripes in light of injury problems to Michael Gray and Leon Clarke, with Francis Jeffers also battling to play alongside Marcus Tudgay in attack.
Mark Beevers could also return to the starting eleven after missing out the stalemate with Swansea City, while winger Etienne Esajas could also return to the squad.
Player to watch: Luke Varney
The Derby County loan striker impressed during his first outing for the Owls and the travelling Wednesdayites will be hoping for more of the same from the former Charlton and Crewe hitman.
Match Facts & Stats
Norwich wins: 14
ednesday wins: 21
Last Time Out:
Wednesday 3-2 Norwich
Wednesday came from behind to seal all three points against the Canaries in the reverse fixture at S6.
Sammy Clingan gave the visitors the lead from the penalty spot before Tony McMahon and Leon Clarke put the Owls in the lead.
Leroy Lita levelled on the hour mark but the points were Wednesday’s thanks to a 72nd minute winner from Marcus Tudgay.
Norwich: Marshall, Otsemobor, Doherty, Shackell, Bertrand, Gow, Clingan, Lappin, Carney, Mooney, Lee. Subs Not Used: Nelson, Drury, McDonald, Smith, Adeyemi.
Wednesday: Grant, Buxton, Hinds, Wood, Spurr, Potter, McAllister (Varney 35), O’Connor, Johnson, Jeffers (Boden 49), Tudgay. Subs Not Used: O’Donnell, Simek, Beevers.
v Derby County (H) – 11/04/09
v Q.P.R. (A) – 13/04/09