Wednesday will be aiming to bag their eighth win from as many home league matches this season with a bang this weekend when Brentford visit Hillsborough.
The Owls are one of just four teams in the country to have won all their home matches so far this campaign – Manchester City, Southampton and Oxford United being the other three.
ednesdayites will be expecting another against the London club this weekend but they’ll need to be wary of the Bees’ sting as they look to travel north and spoil the party.
Owls manager Gary Megson spoke to the Sheffield Star on the suspension of Gary Madine and the new-look strike pairing, saying:
“Ryan and Chris are both good players. We brought them in about the same time but they haven`t been able to really get going because of injuries.
“You saw in the Wycombe game the qualities that they have, and hopefully they can keep pushing on from there.”
Brentford boss Uwe Rosler told the club’s official website:
‘I have been concentrating on how we can achieve a result against Sheffield Wednesday.
‘I have to take in to consideration that they are a physical aside, they will pump a lot of balls in and around our box.
‘Then we can’t play with Shaleum Logan and Blair Adams as both our full backs.
‘Sometimes you have to make tactical decisions to cope with what your opponents throw at you.
‘In general we are looking at how we can score goals there.
‘When you play with two strikers, you have a better chance.
‘I hope my players are looking forward to it.
‘The first time we went to Sheffield this year we struggled, we froze; we did not cope with the occasion, the stadium, the pitch.
‘It was overwhelming.
‘Four months in to the season I hope we have improved.
Wednesday Team News:
Wednesday will again be without top-scorer Gary Madine, who sits out another one-game ban for an FA charge of improper conduct following his sending-off at Carlisle United.
It means Owls boss Gary Megson will stick with strike pairing Ryan Lowe and Chris O’Grady, who both impressed in the 2-1 win at Wycombe last weekend. O’Grady was said to have his best game in an Owls shirt while Lowe netted his first goal on his return from injury.
The match may come too soon for defender Reda Johnson, who is suffering from a groin injury, meaning that Mark Reynolds is likely to keep his place at left-back.
So, with no other injury or suspension concerns, it could as ‘as you were’ for Wednesday for the visit of the Bees.
Player to watch: Ryan Lowe
Lowe came in for the suspended Gary Madine last weekend and scored his first Wednesday goal in a good team performance at Wycombe. This time he’ll have the chance to do it in front of his own fans, and Wednesdayites will be eager to find out how he gets on alongside Chris O’Grady in attack.
Brentford Team News:
Brentford are expected to be a tricky test for Wednesday, sitting just outside the play-off spots and coming into the game on the back of a 2-1 victory against Chesterfield last weekend.
That win was their first since late September, and Rosler’s men will no doubt take plenty of confidence from the contest ahead of the trip to Hillsborough.
Club captain Kevin O’Connor will face a late fitness test, and if he does return it’ll be 399th Football League game for the Bees.
Other than O’Connor’s potential return, Rosler will be tempted to stick with the same side that saw off the Spireites last time out.
Player to watch: Sam Saunders
Saunders scored in Brentford’s victory over Chesterfield last weekend, taking his tally to three for the season in the league, and he’ll be looking to find the net again at Hillsborough.
Match Facts & Stats
Wednesday wins: 8
Brentford wins: 9
Last Time Out:
Wednesday 1-3 Brentford
The Owls slumped to defeat the last time the sides met in S6. Rob Jones had levelled an early Michael Spillane opener for the visitors before on-loan Jeffrey Schlupp fired the Bees ahead and Sam Saunders completed the scoring.
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