Wednesday will be looking to make it lucky number seven in their search of a vital win which will help them in their battle against the drop, with former boss Paul Sturrock bringing his promotion-chasing Plymouth side to Hillsborough in front of the SKY TV cameras.
The Owls have drawn their last six games in the Championship which have left them in the thick of the trouble at the wrong end of the division, and Owls boss Brian Laws will be desperate to bag a crucial three points.
The man looking to dent the Owls’ survival bid is none other than former boss Paul Sturrock, who is sure to get a superb reception from the Wednesday faithful after Sturrock helped Wednesday to promotion from League One in his first season in charge before helping Wednesday to survive in the division at the first time of asking and getting the chop the following campaign.
Sturrock has taken over from former Argyle boss Ian Holloway at Home Park and has taken the club to within reach of a play-off spot this term, and will be just as desperate for the points as his opposite number.
Owls boss Brian Laws told the official SWFC site:
‘The one thing you get in this league is inconsistency and you can’t predict your games. You have no idea and it just goes to show you the fear that is going through the league.
‘The ones at the top are showing nerves, Watford in particular and Bristol City, nobody wants to win it and therefore there’s going to be some surprise results on paper. I’d rather be playing the ones at the top because they look more nervous than anybody else.’
‘The one doubt is obviously Graham Kavanagh, who limped off with a hamstring, it’s not as serious as we first thought but he is still going to be a doubt for Monday. It is a major blow but we’ll have to pull all of our resources together again to get us ready for Plymouth.’
Wednesday Team News:
As Laws explained, Graham Kavanagh will be the biggest doubt for the clash with the Pilgrims and will be given a late fitness test prior to the clash.
The player is one in a long list of injured players at S6, which has come at the worst possible time, but winger Franck Songo’o is set to be fit for Monday night despite taking a knock.
Laws has no fresh injury doubts following the 2-2 draw at Sheffield United in midweek, and striker Bartosz Slusarski is pushing for his first start in attack after impressing in his short appearances since his loan move from West Brom.
Player to watch: Franck Songo’o
The Portsmouth loanee winger has improved in every match he plays for the Owls and has fast become the biggest attacking threat in Brian Laws’ attacking options.
Plymouth Argyle Team News:
Plymouth boss Paul Sturrock has been handed a boost ahead of his return to his former stomping ground with the news that midfielder Peter Halmosi will be fit to return to his squad for the trip to S6.
Halmosi has been on the sidelines through a knee injury recently but came through a behind-closed-doors friendly match on Tuesday night.
Another player returning to the Argyle midfielder could be Wednesday’s former Frenchman Yoann Folly, who has made just a handful of appearances since his move to re-join Sturrock in January.
Folly impressed Sturrock in a reserve game match and could be included in the squad to make an impact in front of his former fans.
Another former Owl who is set to return to South Yorkshire is Steve Maclean, who has been impressive in the Plymouth attack since making the switch from Cardiff City.
Macca was top scorer at S6 during his time here and was a huge hit with the fans, and is another player who is sure to get a huge welcome back to Wednesday.
Player to watch: Steve Maclean
It’s fact that former players always score on their return to their former club isn’t it? Macca will surely want to impress in front of his former fans, but he’s sure to keep his celebrations under wraps should he find the back of the net.
Match Facts & Stats
Wednesday wins: 12
Plymouth wins: 9
Last Time Out:
Plymouth Argyle 1-2 Wednesday
Home Park, 3/11/07
Wednesday had endured a terrible start to the season but had started to pick by the time they’d picked up an impressive 2-1 victory against Argyle at Home Park. Akpo Sodje and Burton O’Brien both bagged second half goals within four minutes of each other to wrap up the win in response to Sylvan Ebanks-Blake’s spot kick after the restart.
Wednesday: Grant, Beevers, Wood, Watson, Spurr, Kavanagh (O’Brien 58), Johnson, Bolder, Songo’o (Hinds 85), Sahar (Slusarski 67), Burton. Subs Not Used: Burch, Boden.
Plymouth: McCormick, Connolly, Anderson, Timar, Sawyer (Mackie 74), Teale (MacLean 74), Wotton (Nalis 79), Abdou, Paterson, Easter, Fallon. Subs Not Used: Clark, Doumbe.
v Blackpool (A) – 19/04/08
v Leicester City (A) – 26/04/08
v Norwich City (H) – 04/05/08