MATCH PREVIEW:Wednesday -v- Leeds

The Owls just about got past Bolton midweek,can they make it three home wins in a week or will Leeds dirty the Wednesday’s recent good form?

The Owls kept up the pressure on the top six midweek,can they do it again?

Last game Opposition Result Shots On target Corners Cards Fouls Possession
WEDNESDAY Bolton (H) W 3-2 13 7 2 2 17 56%
LEEDS Ipswich (A) L 2-1 4 2 2 1 4 42%

Wednesday made hard work of a plucky Bolton side ultimately having to score three goals to polish off their Lancastrian opponents, the weekly Wednesday stunner was quickly cancelled out by Gary Madine but Gary Hooper stepped up and scored a brace on a night where Wednesday weren’t at their best.

Leeds were poor at Ipswich and despite scoring after just twelve seconds, they failed to capitalise on their advantage and Marco Silvestri had a busy night, Ipswich scored late on and on another night perhaps should have scored more, it left Steve Evans bemoaning the referee’s performance and the need for quality players.

Last five games Bolton(h) Fulham (h) Fulham(a) Middlesbrough(a) Birmingham(h)
WEDNESDAY W 3-2 W 2-1 W 1-0 L 1-0 W 3-0
Last five games Ipswich(a) Rotherham (h) MK Dons(h) Derby (h) Forest (a)
LEEDS L 2-1 W 2-0 D 1-1 D 2-2 D 1-1

Wednesday have come into good form of late after a stuttering start to December winning five out of six,the sole reverse being a 1-0 defeat at table topping Middlesbrough, the top six has proved just out of reach so far this season but a win tomorrow would temporarily at least propel the Owls into the play-off places.

Leeds are known more for events off the pitch than on it but recently they haven’t been that terrible losing just once in the last nine, that being said they’ve won just once in the last five.

HEAD 2 HEAD WEDNESDAY WINS LEEDS WINS DRAWS
30 36 24

LAST MEETING: 22nd August 2015,Elland Road,Att – 22,597

Leeds 1-1 Wednesday

(C.Wood 61)(M.Matias 37)

The two sides played out a dull draw last time out with the one bit of quality coming from Marcos Matias who threw the gauntlet down to his teammates in the “goal of the season” stakes.

Leeds were one of many sides to get something at Hillsborough putting a sour end to Stuart Gray’s S6 tenure at home, that being said Gray’s overseeing of a 6-0 shellacking of Leeds around two years ago helped secure him the job.

That delightful win was a rare success as the Owls have won just one of the last seven against the Whites, Leeds enjoy coming to Hillsborough having failed to score just twice in their last seventeen S6 outings, the Owls triumphed in both those games.

CARVALHAL’S COHORTS

The Owls have gone on a re-signing frenzy this week as Barry Bannan,Glenn Loovens,Adthe Nuhiu and Sam Hutchinson have all extended their Hillsborough deals.

Jack Hunt has made his loan switch from Crystal Palace into a permanent transfer and the Owls are “in dialogue” with Watford over making Daniel Pudil’s stay permanent.

Gary Hooper could play his last game for the Owls with Norwich manager Alex Neil stating the striker isn’t stopping at S6 beyond this weekend.

Chris Wood is doubtful for the visitors whilst Sam Byram has been linked with a move away from West Yorkshire.

WILDSMITH

PALMER

PALMER

SASSO

SASSO

LOOVENS

LOOVENS

PUDIL

PUDIL

WALLACE

WALLACE

LEE

LEE

BANNAN

BANNAN

FORESTIERI

FORESTIERI

HOOPER

HOOPER

NUHIU

NUHIU

KEY PLAYERS

Gary Hooper is set to sign off his loan spell just as he’s coming into goalscoring form, four goals in his last five starts is excellent work and if he gets the support from Bannan and Forestieri, the Leeds goalkeeper could be in for a very busy afternoon.

Liam Cooper is a regular at the heart of the Leeds defence and has captained the side in the absence of Sol Bamba, he’s skilled at cutting out passes but is prone to lapses of concentration.

THE BETTING BOX: 5 OF THE BEST

BET Wednesday WIN Leeds WIN DRAW Hooper 1st Goal Correct Score 1-1
BEST ODDS 28/29 7/2 13/5 11/2 13/2
BOOKIES Marathon Bet logo Bookies Badge Bet365 BetVictor-logo Paddy Power BetVictor-logo

HERE COMES D-JUDGE

Like him or loathe him,one thing you can’t deny is that Steve Evans will have his team up for this match, that being said Carlos is no fool and will be able to motivate his charges and have them prepared for Evans’ style of football.

We’ve been playing well of late and no doubt will be full of confidence, if we can match the intensity of Leeds, I’m fully convinced we can outplay them, the tables don’t lie, as of now we’re a better side, we need to go out and prove it.

There’s something in the back of my mind that makes me think Leeds will throw a spanner in the works though.

VERDICT: Drawsville – 1-1.

Danny (D-Good) Owls Alive
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