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Owls must kick-off with another early win
Published : 09 Apr 2012 00:54:02
Wednesday Vs Oldham: Team news & preview
Sheffield Wednesday kick off earlier than their League One promotion rivals for the 3rd game in succession and only another win will be enough to keep the pressure on 2nd placed Sheffield United.
The Owls will be looking to pick up where they left off on Saturday when a fine performance in a 2-0 win at Huddersfield all but ended the West Yorkshire side’s automatic promotion hopes.
Wednesday manager Dave Jones will again have to do without the services of skipper Rob Jones as he completes his 2-match suspension. Reda Johnson limped out of Saturday’s game in the 1st half when he picked up a thigh injury and he will be assessed before the match. Mark Beevers did a good job as Johnson’s replacement at Huddersfield and will hope to keep his place if the Benin international is not fit though Julian Bennett could be regarded as a more natural replacement at left-back.
Oldham come to Hillsborough without defender Jean-Yves Mvoto who starts a 2-match ban following his dismissal in the home defeat to Charlton at the weekend. Fellow central defender Zander Diamond is also unavailable due to injury.
Former Wednesday striker Shefki Kuqi is expected to lead the line for the Latics.
The Owls are in fine form at the moment, winning 7 of their last 9 matches without defeat and they have won their last 3 without conceding a goal.
Oldham’s recent form has been disappointing to say the least. They have lost 8 of their last 10 matches and have lost 4 in succession without scoring a goal.
Wednesday won 2-0 at Oldham back in December thanks to goals from Prutton and Lowe but the last 3 meetings between the 2 sides at Hillsborough have ended in draws.