The Owls will be hoping to take the high ground over the Canaries in front of the Sky cameras this Saturday as Brian Laws looks to take his charges to their second league win on the spin.
Carrow Road has proved to be a happy hunting ground for Wednesday in their last two visits, and Laws engineered one of his first victories as Owls supremo in Norfolk last term.
But the struggling Canaries will be looking to put in a fine performance and three points against an Owls side that still prop up the Championship table despite last weekend’s victory against Hull City.
Frank Simek told the official SWFC site:
‘Norwich haven’t had the best of starts, like us, but we’ve fared well against them in the past so hopefully we can go there again and come back with something from Carrow Road.’
Norwich City Team News:
Former Leeds United and Manchester City hitman Darren Huckerby will be the biggest doubt for the visit of the Owls with an ankle injury and is likely to get a place on the bench at best.
And City have a number of other experienced first team players sidelined for Saturday’s clash with Gary Doherty joining the injury list with a groin injury.
Adam Drury is out with a back injury while former Manchester United winger Luke Chadwick also sits out with a hamstring injury.
But Canaries boss Peter Grant does have some good news following the midweek cup exit to Manchester City with the news that Chelsea loanee Jimmy Smith has returned to full fitness and should feature in the squad.
And Julien Brellier will return following suspension.
Player to watch: Michael Spillane
Vital Norwich editor Michael told us to watch out for this lad, so we’ll take his word on it! Played well at Eastlands in midweek and has good control on the ball.
Wednesday Team News:
Brian Laws is set to ring the changes after being dumped out of the Carling Cup by Everton in midweek.
Tommy Spurr sat the match out after suffering a dead leg in the victory over Hull and should return in place of Peter Gilbert at left-back.
Steve Watson is also expected to return for the trip to Norfolk after missing out against his former club while Etienne Esajas should return to the left-wing.
Owls boss Laws will have to ponder which strike force to go for this time with Marcus Tudgay partnering Francis Jeffers in attack in midweek.
Former Ipswich man Jeffers is almost certain to start but it’s yet to be known whether Laws will opt for Burton, Tudgay or Sodje alongside him in the Owls’ frontline.
Player to watch: Michael Johnson
The Derby loanee put in a majestic never-say-die performance which saw him bag the man-of-the-match honours in the Owls’ victory over Hull last week and we’re hoping for more of the same on Saturday.
Match Facts & Stats
Norwich wins: 14
Wednesday wins: 18
Last Time Out:
Wednesday 3-2 Norwich City
Wednesday made it a league double over the Canaries last season in a thrilling end of season clash at S6. Jermaine Johnson, Deon Burton and a Dickson Ethu own goal put the Owls in to a 3-0 lead before two goals from Rob Earnshaw and Dion Dublin made the scoreline more respectable for Peter Grant’s men.
Norwich: Marshall, Otsemobor, Doherty, Murray, Lappin, Russell, Jarvis, Spillane, Croft, Cureton, Brown. Subs Not Used: Gilks, Strihavka, Eagle, Cave-Brown, Martin.
Wednesday: Grant, Gilbert, Hinds, Wood, Simek, Whelan, Jermaine Johnson (Burton 67), Small, Kavanagh (Lunt 80), Tudgay, Jeffers (Sodje 73). Subs Not Used: Burch, Bullen.
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