PREVIEW | Wednesday -v- Hull City

PREVIEW | Wednesday -v- Hull City

The first home game.

This is where it really gets going.

Okay, don’t get me wrong, I love an away game, but this is the one most people look forward to.

I always feel a bit weird when we kick off the campaign away, so it’s good to be back at Hillsborough for the first time this season.

After the false start at Wigan last week, hopefully the players will actually get going this weekend too.

Owls Team News

The hush-hush embargo means no fresh faces in the Wednesday squad, so it’s just injuries to report on.

Lee, Hooper and Abdi all remain absent for the Owls, although Hooper particularly seems closer to a return having spent the week training with the others.

Luhukay revealed Cameron Dawson as the first choice keeper on the opening day, so he seems likely to continue in goal.

Fletcher might not be ready to start, but will probably have to in the absence of Atdhe Nuhiu who was sent off against the Latics.

The new skipper

The Opponent’s Camp

Despite a bright start, Hull were thoroughly beaten in their curtain-raiser by Aston Villa.

A summer of cut-backs has led to Nigel Adkins putting out a youthful side which includes academy products Jarrod Bowen and Dan Batty.

On a personal note it’s great to see Batty starting in the Championship, having played 5-a-side with him for a couple of months a few years ago.

(Spoiler – he’s much better than me).

Kamil Grosicki looks set to miss out as he continues his recovery from the World Cup.

Generally, Hull fans mostly seem concerned at the lack of leaders in the squad, always an issue with a young team.

There’s plenty of solid but unremarkable players, so relegation seems unlikely. You’d imagine another season of mid-table awaits.

Last 5 Games

Still not a lot to say here, we’re only 1 game in.

Both teams lost on the opening day and conceded 3 goals for good measure.

Plenty of room for improvement.

Hull’s superstar – credit: hullcitytigers.com

Head to Head

Wednesday wins: 21

Draws: 19

Hull wins: 12

Historically the Owls have come out on top against Hull, including the 1-0 win at the KCOM last year thanks to Jordan Rhodes’ header.

Let’s not mention Wembley.

Predicted Lineup

Luhukay would be foolish to ignore the massive improvement in performance when Joao came on against Wigan.

Surely it’ll be a similar lineup from the start.

GK: Cameron Dawson

RWB: Liam Palmer

CB: Tom Lees (C)

CB: Sam Hutchinson

CB: Daniel Pudil

LWB: Adam Reach

CM: Joey Pelupessy

CM: Barry Bannan

CAM: Fernando Forestieri

ST: Steven Fletcher

ST: Lucas Joao

No Atdhe this week

Matt’s Prediction – Goals?

Having been 1 goal off last week, I thought I’d got off to a flying start.

Hard to look past a similar prediction this week.

Wednesday looked good going forward but disastrous at the back, and Hull’s defending didn’t cover them in glory either.

I’m always an optimist so I’ll back the Owls to win by a scoreline that looks comfortable, but a performance that doesn’t.

3-1 to Wednesday.

 

Matt

Owls Alive

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