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The Comeback Kids Meet: Sheffield Wednesday v Blues Match Preview

Having come back to draw against last year’s League One champions Charlton Athletic in the 94th minute on Saturday Blues face another of the promoted sides in a midweek tussle with Sheffield Wednesday at Hillsborough.

Sheffield Wednesday

The Owls come into this game having come back from two goals down in both of their previous games this season. Oldham Athletic came close to shocking the Owls in the Capital One Cup, leading Wednesday by 2-0 at half time in their tie at Boundary Park before goals from Jermaine Johnson, Chris O’Grady (2) and Michail Antonio in the second half secured the Owls’ passage into round two, whilst Beninese defender Reda Johnson and Chris O’Grady scored on Saturday to restore parity after two early goals for the home side at Pride Park.

On-loan Barcelona B forward Rodri could make his Owls debut having signed on Monday, whilst Nejc Pecnik may lose his slot up top to Chris Maguire or Gary Madine. Centre-back Anthony Gardner, who was on trial at St Andrews in the summer of 2011 should shake off an injury but Chris Lines is likely to miss out again.

Sheffield Wednesday’s last game against Blues was in the 2011 FA Cup, with Birmingham City running out 3-0 winners in the game prior to their Carling Cup triumph thanks to goals from Jean Beausejour, Obafemi Martins and David Murphy.

Blues

Lee Clark is once again sweating on captain Stephen Carr’s fitness as he will once again look at the right back slot; Jonathan Spector came through without any apparent discomfort and could well displace rookie Will Packwood. Elsewhere, Nikola Zigic laid his claims for a starting slot with an excellent ten minute cameo which finished with a goal and Nathan Redmond could well have put questions in Clark’s mind as he showed what pace he can bring to the side in his sub appearance.

Although this may appear on paper to be an easier fixture to some I’m of the belief that this one could be tricky; Wednesday have shown that they can bounce back from losing goals and Blues were certainly not firing on all cylinders on Saturday. There is also the question if Clark will stick with 4-4-2 away from home or maybe think about going to a 4-2-3-1 to bulk up the midfield and to give Blues some much-needed pace on the wings. I’m going to go for a draw on this one – 1-1 and a decent away point.

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11 Responses to “The Comeback Kids Meet: Sheffield Wednesday v Blues Match Preview”

  • Letsby Avenue says:

    I read this evening, and had to check it.

    When Jones took over from Megson at Hillsborough, Sheff Weds haven’t lost.

    14 Wins and 4 Draws, 16 unbeaten match run.

    Needs respect I think, and a Draw would be superb.

  • ChrisG says:

    I know it’s an old cliche but there’s no easy games in this league & respect has to be given to all teams,
    BUT if we play to our potential we’re a match for any team in this division.
    We do play well away & I know the players say how much they love the “couldren” atmosphere at st andrews as it gives them a big lift, but I do wonder if the extra pressure of expectancy of winning at home does actually affect some of their performances, on saturday against Charlton quite a few players didn’t seem to be at their best.

  • AR says:

    I wouldn’t like to be employed by “Thongs”. Perhaps his are a bit too tight and making him irritable.

  • nicky wicky says:

    thongs you do talk some rubbish. why don’t you put your brain in gear before you write something down? Blues didn’t do too well on saturday,and i know we would all have preferred holloway, but LC is not going to be sacked after just a couple of games. blues didn’t get going till october last year,and i think the team would have to play really badly before PP would consider sacking him!

  • Julian Glass says:

    Did he say he wanted Mullins and Ambrose at his interviews? That should have been a big warning sign to PP

    • almajir says:

      Why?

      Ambrose is top quality for this division and Mullins will be a useful utility player.

    • nicky wicky says:

      agree with al. seems like a strange comment? ambrose,and the other new players are going to take a while to bed in,,and i don’t think ambrose is really a left winger anyway!

  • blaneh says:

    Sorry peeps, but if we are really going to consider ourselves as promotion contenders, then we need to be going to places like Sheff Wed and picking up 3 points. More likely there than at the Reebok or Ewood. Still I fancy us 2-0 tonight. KRO

  • Tamuffblue says:

    Two points to consider here – 1) New manager – backroom staff and several additions that need to gel – 2) opening fixtures against promoted teams full of confidence – team spirit point to prove — so to remain unbeaten is not to be scoffed at

    PS Thongs the Viler – just be worried of the Mcleish clone parading as a premier league manager !!!!!!!!

  • George Eller says:

    Well I think it will be a tough game for us tonight and if we play the first half like the last 2 games I can see your team getting 2/3 goals before we start playing, will be hard to pull it back depends which team turns up on the night I think ,


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