Yorkshire derby could seal Championship safety for the winners

12 April 2013 08:59
Leeds Vs Wednesday: Team news & preview

Sheffield Wednesday travel to Elland Road in good form to face what is likely to be a feisty Yorkshire derby against Leeds United. The midweek win at Millwall has seen the Owls climb above Leeds in the Championship table and although 3 points for either side won't make them mathematically safe it will go a long way towards securing 2nd tier football for another season.

Wednesday will be without Danny Pugh as the terms of his loan agreement with his parent club Leeds prevent him from playing. The Owls will be hoping to recall Jermaine and Reda Johnson to the starting line up after they were given a rest in midweek to preserve their fitness though JJ did make a substitute appearance. On loan midfielder Stuart Holden may also be in line for a return having sat out Tuesday's match and fellow midfielder Giles Coke will have his fitness assessed.

Leeds will be managed for the first time by new boss Brian McDermott after the former Reading leader was confirmed as manager on Friday, signing a 3-year deal at Elland Road.

The Whites will be without defender Tom Lees and former Sheffield United midfielder Michael Brown as both players are suspended.

The home side also have injury doubts over captain Lee Peltier, midfielder David Norris and striker Steve Morison though none of the trio have yet been ruled out for sure.

The Owls come into the game in good form having only lost one away league match since the turn of the year and they are unbeaten in their last 4.

Leeds have slipped into the bottom half of the table after a run which has seen them lose their last 4 and they are without a win in 7 matches. Despite this poor form they still have a respectable home record of 11 wins and 3 draws from 20 Championship matches.

Wednesday have only recorded 8 wins in 40 visits to Elland Road but they did enjoy a 3-2 win on their last match there in 2007.

The 2 sides played out a 1-1 draw at Hillsborough in October in a match marred by a Leeds United 'supporter' entering the field of play to assault Owls goalkeeper Chris Kirkland.


Source: Owls-Mad