MATCH PREVIEW:Wednesday -v- Burnley

After an embarrassing FA Cup exit, Wednesday turn their attention back to the league,can they start a big week in the right way with a win over the Clarets of Burnley?

The Owls suffered an upset in the FA Cup but the league has always been our focus,can they do the business here?

Last game Opposition Result Shots On target Corners Cards Fouls Possession
WEDNESDAY Shrewsbury (A) L 3-2 11 5 5 2 15 58%
BURNLEY Arsenal (A) L 2-1 8 2 5 1 11 32%

Wednesday snatched defeat from the jaws of victory after leading 2-1 with five minutes to go, Grimmer headed the winner in a finale that saw the Owls tamed by the Shrews and also gave the home side a glamour tie with Manchester United in the last 16.

Burnley gave Arsenal a good go but Arsene Wenger’s men did just enough to get past the Clarets, a neat finish by Sam Vokes gave Burnley parity after a Chambers stunner put the Gunners ahead, a returning Alexis Sanchez put the tie beyond Burnley though.

Last five games Shrewsbury(a) Reading (a) Leeds(h) Bolton(h) Fulham(h)
WEDNESDAY L 3-2 D 1-1 W 2-0 W 3-2 W 2-1
Last five games Arsenal(a) Derby (h) Brentford(a) MK Dons (a) Middlesbrough (a)
BURNLEY L 2-1 W 4-1 W 3-1 W 5-0 W 2-1

Wednesday return to S6 after two games away and are aiming to make it six consecutive victories at Hillsborough, in contrast to last season not many visitors have come to S6 and left with anything to show for their efforts, that being said the Owls haven’t won against any of the sides that currently reside in the top five.

Burnley look more than capable of making a swift return to the Premier League, after an inconsistent run in November and December, the Clarets have found their feet and are scoring goals with regularity, this is a big week for the Clarets too as they host fellow promotion hopefuls Hull City on Saturday.

HEAD 2 HEAD WEDNESDAY WINS BURNLEY WINS DRAWS
39 43 19

LAST MEETING: 12th September 2015,Turf Moor,Att – 17,277

Burnley 3-1 Wednesday

(D.Jones 7,M.Taylor 78,A.Gray 90)(A.Nuhiu 20)

Wednesday lost the last encounter back in September, their first loss at Turf Moor for fifteen years.

The Owls have struggled in recent times at Hillsborough though winning just once in the last eight S6 encounters although the one win was a 4-1 shellacking on the opening day of the 2008/09 season, before that the last Hillsborough victory over Burnley was in March 2001 as Ian Hendon and a Gerald Sibon penalty proved enough for victory.

CARVALHAL’S COHORTS

It was a busier deadline day than usual at Hillsborough, the Owls pulled off a coup in signing Aiden McGeady on loan from Everton whilst Rhoys Wiggins departed to AFC Bournemouth and Sergiu Bus left on loan to Serie B’s Salernitana.

Keiren Westwood should return in goal and McGeady could make his debut.

Burnley could hand a debut to new signing James Tarkowski whilst Joey Barton could return to start.

WESTWOOD

HUNT

HUNT

SASSO

SASSO

LOOVENS

LOOVENS

PUDIL

PUDIL

WALLACE

WALLACE

HUTCHINSON

HUTCHINSON

BANNAN

BANNAN

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McGEADY

HOOPER

HOOPER

FORESTIERI

FORESTIERI

KEY PLAYERS

Sam Hutchinson may be a walking suspension and that’s down to his combative style but against Joey Barton, that style may be exactly what the Owls need, the idealist way would be Hutch holds down the fort allowing Bannan,Wallace,Forestieri and McGeady to cause havoc and creating chances for Gary Hooper.

Joey Barton is perhaps more known for his views on social media nowadays than his football but that’s a tad harsh, although he possesses a chequered past, his ability has hardly ever been in doubt and his battle against Hutch in the midfield is one that really intrigues me, if Hutch can get the better of the veteran, the Owls have a fighting chance.

THE BETTING BOX: 5 OF THE BEST

BET Wednesday WIN Burnley WIN DRAW Hutchinson 1st Goal Correct Score 1-2
BEST ODDS 13/8 85/40 9/4 25/1 12/1
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HERE COMES D-JUDGE

Aiden McGeady is a statement of intent but I think the truer test of our promotion capabilities is our next two games, at the moment we’re seen as playoff pretenders, if we get 4 or 6 points out of these two fixtures, we’re for real.

We could perhaps be accused of being flat track bullies as we’ve got 30 out of our 46 points against sides in the bottom half and just five of those 46 have come against the top six, that has to change.

Burnley are in with a good shout of an instant return which isn’t in the slightest surprising given that they managed to retain a good chunk of their squad and have made a few smart additions but this Wednesday side are evolving into a pretty good one. Last season we had Maguire,Maghoma,Taylor-Fletcher and Coke, this season we have Bannan,Forestieri,Hooper and McGeady, that’s quite a change quality wise in just over a year.

We’ve looked vulnerable at the back in recent games but we’ve also looked like we have goals in us, this could be a fun clash but we truly have to be at our best to get anything here.

VERDICT: 2-1 Burnley

Danny (D-Good) Owls Alive
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