Owls boss Brian Laws will be hoping his Owls side can get back on track after last week’s frustrating nine-man defeat at Coventry City as they welcome the league leaders to Hillsborough for what is sure to be a spicy affair with the Welsh club.
But the Bluebirds will also be hoping to do some recovering of their own as they look to get their promotion hunt right back on track following the disappointing 1-0 home defeat to QPR last weekend, and Dave Jones’ men will be relishing the chance to put that right in front of a big Hillsborough crowd.
Brian Laws told the official SWFC site:
‘I’ll be very proud. It’s taken me a long time to get my first home game under my belt but it’s one I’m very excited about.
‘It’s a massive game, they are the league leaders which is inspiring and I couldn’t ask for a bigger one – the bigger they are the better.’
‘They are well-organised and experienced. It will be a test for us to see how far we’ve come over the past five weeks. Everyone expects us to get beaten but we might raise a few eyebrows on Saturday.’
Wednesday Team News:
Wednesday suffered a double blow in midweek with the news that Wade Small and Chris Brunt have both lost their red card appeals and will miss the clash with the Bluebirds. Both were dismissed in the 3-1 defeat at Coventry City, with Small set to miss three matches while Brunt will just miss Saturday’s match.
The news means boss Brian Laws is likely to throw new loan signing Wayne Andrews striaght in to the line-up on the right-wing to replace Small, leaving the Marcus Tudgay and Deon Burton partnership in tact.
Meanwhile, Burton O’Brien is the man most likely to fill in for the suspended Brunt on the left-wing and new-signing Shwan Jalal could make the bench after completing his loan move from Woking earlier this week.
Wednesday will still be without the injured Steve Adams, Richard Wood and Drew Talbot as all three look to make full recoveries before the hectic christmas fixture list.
Player to watch: Wayne Andrews
The new-boy will be keen to make an impression on the Owls faithful, and his Sky Blues boss Micky Adams, as he makes his full return from injury to try and help the Owls to victory over the league leaders.
Cardiff City Team News:
Bluebirds’ boss Dave Jones has included on-loan Sheffield United left-back Alan Wright in the squad to travel up to Hillsborough and the former Aston Villa man is likely to go straight in to the first team after James Chambers loan deal came to an end and he returned to Watford during the week.
Kerrea Gilbert will also be missing from the City defence after picking up a shoulder injury recently.
Player to watch: Michael Chopra
The Bluebirds hitman has made a big impression in the Welsh capital after making the permanant move from Newcastle United in the summer. His spell with Barnsley means Chopra will be keen to net against the Owls on Saturday – and more importantly get City’s promotion chase back on track.
Match Facts & Stats
Last Time Out:
Cardiff City 1-0 WEDNESDAY
4th March 2006 – Ninian Park
The Owls went to Ninian Park desperate for the points to avoid relegation to League One while the Bluebirds were desperate to catch the play-off park – and it was the hosts who narrowly took the spoils thanks to a 19th minute Cameron Jerome strike. Jerome had previously ripped the Owls to shreds at Hillsborough as he helped the Bluebirds to a 3-1 victory earlier in the season.
SWFC wins: 20
CCFC wins: 20
Wednesday (vs. Coventry): Crossley, Simek (Coughlan 56 ), Bullen, Bougherra, Hills, Small (sent off 16), Lunt, Folly, Brunt (sent off 37),Tudgay (MacLean 82 ), Burton (O’Brien 46). Subs not used Adamson, Spurr.
Cardiff (vs. QPR): Alexander, Gunter, Purse, Loovens, McNaughton, Parry (Kamara 81), McPhail, Scimeca, Ledley, Thompson, Chopra. Subs not used: Howard, Johnson, Cooper, Campbell.
Last Form – Last 5:
-Taken from www.bet365.com-
Wednesday win: 13/8
Cardiff win: 6/4
Barnsley v Ipswich
Burnley v Birmingham
Colchester v Southend
Derby v Leicester
Norwich v Hull
Plymouth v Leeds
Preston v Crystal Palace
QPR v Coventry
Sheff Wed v Cardiff
Southampton v Luton
Stoke v West Brom
Vs West Brom (H) – 28/11/06
Vs Leicester City (A) – 02/12/06
Vs Norwich City (A) – 09/12/06