Wednesday will look to take their egg-cellent five game unbeaten run beyond the Easter weekend and first up is a tough game in the capital against a rejuvinated QPR side.
The big-money R’s were tipped for big things at the start of the season which never materialised, leading to the managerial revolving door at Loftus Road allowing Neil Warnock to enter as boss recently.
It means that Wednesday will be up against an old foe in Unitedite Warnock – who will no doubt be extra keen to pile relegation woe onto the Owls tomorrow.
Rangers have lost just once in their last seven outings but, like Wednesday, have had their fair share of draws recently – remember that for your betting slip.
Alan Irvine told the official SWFC website:
‘They are not safe yet but they are edging ever closer and they will maybe see this as an opportunity to help get themselves completely safe. They will be very close if they get one more win but Neil probably thinks he needs more than that.
‘With the quality of the players they have at Queens Park Rangers, they shouldn’t be in the position they are in but with everything that has happened at the club, the changes of manager and so on, that was very disruptive and they have probably paid the price for that.
‘But since Neil’s come in, they have been in very good form.’
QPR Team News:
R’s boss Warnock will leave it until the last minute to give forward Jay Simpson every opportunity to be fit and ready for the first of two matches in four days over the Easter period.
Simpson, who was linked with a move to Hillsborough last summer, has been struggling with a hamstring injury this week and he’s rated 50-50 at being given a starting role.
But Dusko Tosic, a left-back signed on loan from Portsmouth on deadline day, could be in line to male his debut in place of Matt Hill after playing 90 minutes for the reserves in midweek.
Defender Matt Connolly is out though, as are long-term absentees Gavin Mahon and Martin Rowlands.
Player to watch: Adel Taarabt
Shortlisted for the Championship player of the month for March, Taarabt has carried the biggest threat for the R’s throughout the season with his scintillating displays of creativity in midfield. It’ll be the same tomorrow, with the Owls having to work overdrive to keep him in check.
Wednesday Team News:
Wednesday are set to be boosted by the return of jet-heeled winger Jermaine Johnson following a number of weeks out on the sidelines through injury.
Irvine will have to be careful not to throw the Jamaican in too early, especially with another crunch game on Easter Monday, but Johnson is available for selection at a timely part of the season.
Lewis Buxton will also be available for a return to first-team action although it’s expected he may have to make do with a place on the bench after returning from a hamstring strain.
But Tommy Miller and Sean McAllister are both out through injury.
Player to watch: Luke Varney
Wednesday need goals to survive in the Championship and it seems to be on-loan Varney who is rising to the occasion at the moment. Two goals in his last two outings, which have earned Wednesday four points in the process, have been crucial.
Match Facts & Stats
QPR wins: 19
Wednesday wins: 27
Last Time Out:
Wednesday 1-2 QPR
Tuesday, November 7 – Hillsborough
Kaspars Gorkss netted a late winner for Rangers in the reverse fixture at S6 after Jermaine Johnson had levelled a Jay Simpson opener as the R’s left South Yorkshire with all three points.
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