Owls in search of back-to-back home wins

22 November 2013 04:59
Wednesday Vs Huddersfield: Team news & preview

Sheffield Wednesday play host to Yorkshire rivals Huddersfield Town on Saturday for a lunchtime kick-off in front of the SKY TV cameras.

The international break has given the Owls the opportunity to get back to basics on the training field as they look to put the 3-0 drubbing at Derby last time out well and truly behind them. They will have happier memories of their last home game when they put 5 goals past Reading and will be hoping they can double their number of wins this season.

Midfielder Jose Semedo is set to return to the squad having served a 3-match suspension for his red-card at Bolton but faces competition for a central midfield berth from the likes of Olofinjana, Coke, and McPhail.

Owls manager Dave Jones has hinted at defensive changes with Wednesday still looking for their first clean sheet. Popular left-back Reda Johnson has been struggling for form and could find his place under threat from fit again full-back Joe Mattock. Centre-back Kamil Zayatte has an ankle injury that could keep him out with Miguel Llera eager to be given another chance at the heart of the defence.

Loan duo Connor Wickham and Matt Fryatt are expected to feature in the Owls attack.

Huddersfield will be greatly boosted by the return of top scorer James Vaughan. The former Everton striker has missed the last 3 matches due to a suspension.

The visitors will be hampered however by the loss of talismanic defender Peter Clarke who has been ruled out for around 3 months as a result of a knee ligament injury.

Wednesday's 5-2 win against Reading at the beginning of this month was their first win of the season and they have already suffered Yorkshire derby defeat at home this campaign at the hands of Doncaster Rovers.

Huddersfield's only win in their last 9 matches came in a feisty Yorkshire derby against Leeds last month. The Terriers away record this season is also pretty poor. They beat Millwall in London in August but have failed to repeat this success on the road since then.

The two sides played out a tame 0-0 draw at Huddersfield back in December 2012. The corresponding fixture at Hillsborough last season was a fractious affair which saw the Terriers go away with a 3-1 victory.


Source: Owls-Mad