PREVIEW | Wednesday -v- Ipswich

PREVIEW | Wednesday -v- Ipswich

Home again.

Finally Wednesday have their first home win.

Millwall were seen off comfortably (well… kind of) in midweek which gives the Owls their first three point return of the season, which was thoroughly deserved after a strong attacking display.

It was great to see Lees and Bannan open their accounts for the season, both will be key players again this year.

I’m sure Luhukay wasn’t alone in breathing a huge sigh of relief.

But the games are coming thick and fast though, and it’ll all be forgotten if things don’t stay positive.

Here’s hoping this is the start of a good run.


Owls Team News

No Hooper. No Lee. No Abdi. No news.

Van Aken and Fox still look unlikely to play, with Joao and Pudil doubts as well.

Preston and Penney have thrown their names fully into the hat with excellent performances (especially Penney) against Millwall.

Now that the embargo is over, the Owls look set to sign a central defender, with Michael Hector being linked, but nothing seems likely to go through in time for Saturday.

(Side note – where is David Jones?)


The Opponent’s Camp

Mick McCarthy’s tight grip on Ipswich town finally came to an end after 6 years in the summer, with fans sick of the same old stuff.

Paul Hurst has come in from Shrewsbury (a manager I really rate actually) and maybe the fans are now realising it’s finances that restricted them, not the manager.

They’re among many people’s favourites to go down but I think Hurst and the squad should have enough about them to survive, but maybe not much more than that.

Although maybe the bookies have a point, none of the clubs top five scorers from last season (Waghorn, Garner, McGoldrick, Celina and Connolley) are at the club this year.

As a result they’re still searching for their first win of the season.


Last five Games


Wigan 3 – 2 Wednesday

Wednesday 1 – 1 Hull City

Sunderland 0 – 2 Wednesday

Brentford 2 – 0 Wednesday

Wednesday 2 – 1 Millwall


Ipswich 2 – 2 Blackburn

Rotherham 1 – 0 Ipswich

Exeter 1 – 1 Ipswich (Exeter won on penalties)

Ipswich 1 – 1 Aston Villa

Derby 2 – 0 Ipswich

Another for Atdhe?

Head to Head

Wednesday wins: 20

Draws: 13

Ipwsich wins: 18

Wednesday have only lost 1 of the last 11 against Ipswich, a 1-0 defeat away in early 2017.


Predicted Lineup

I was happy to see Luhukay mix it up with a 4-3-3 just as I predicted (it was more of a 4-2-3-1 really).

I think there’ll be a few changes with the hectic schedule in mind.

In truth this is probably as unsure as I’ve been about a prediction so far, it feels harsh dropping some.

GK: Cameron Dawson

RB: Liam Palmer

CB: Tom Lees (C)

CB: Jordan Thorniley

LB: Matt Penney

CM: Sam Hutchinson

CM: Barry Bannan

RM: Fraser Preston

CAM: Adam Reach

LM: Fernando Forestieri

ST: Atdhe Nuhiu

Leading by example

Matt’s Prediction – Win, just win

The Millwall victory really feels like a point to kick on from.

We should do anyway.

Ipswich definitely look there for the taking, if we can play like we did midweek we’ll pick up another three points.

2-0 to Wednesday


Matt 2 – 2 Real Life

(I got a score actually right!!)



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