No margin for error as Owls look to maintain chance of an automatic spot

20 April 2012 09:17
Wednesday Vs Carlisle: Team news & preview

Sheffield Wednesday host Carlisle United in an intriguing clash at Hillsborough with both teams still having plenty to play for. With Wednesday aiming to stay in touch with Sheffield United in the race for an automatic promotion place and Carlisle looking for a play-off spot neither side will feel that a draw will really be good enough.

The Owls could welcome Ryan Lowe and Keith Treacy back into their squad after both missed last weekends draw at Carlisle due to injury and illness respectively. Full-back Reda Johnson and Julian Bennett are unlikely to feature so centre-back Mark Beevers may keep his place at full-back.

Carlisle make the trip to Hillsborough without the services of top scorer Lee Miller who has been ruled out for the remainder of the season due to a hamstring injury. Fellow forward Rory Loy is a long-term injury absentee and so youngster Mark Beck may make the squad.

The visitors are expected to include two former Owls favourites in their squad in the shape of right-back Frank Simek and wide midfielder Jon-Paul McGovern.

Wednesday have managed to stay in contention for 2nd place thanks to an unbeaten run spanning 11 games to date, 8 of which have been wins. Colchester’s play-off hopes have slipped out of their own hands thanks to back-to-back defeats in the last week. They have not won any of their last 4 matches and have not scored in the last 3.

Carlisle’s recent record against Wednesday is much better than their current run of form however as they have won 3 of the last 4 fixtures between the 2 sides including a 3-2 win at Brunton Park earlier this season in which the Owls top scorer and former Carlisle striker Gary Madine was sent off.