There’s been a buzz around Hillsborough over the past week with two wins on the trot against Millwall and Middlesbrough being capped off by the official unveiling of Dejphon Chansiri as the new Sheffield Wednesday owner.
Blackburn Rovers, who haven’t won in the league since February 10, head over from Lancashire tonight looking to burst the Owls’ bubble.
Wednesday: Westwood; Palmer, Lees, Zayatte, Dielna; Lee, McGugan, Semedo, Maghoma; Nuhiu, Keane.
Blackburn: Steele; Henley, Baptiste, Kilgallon, Olsson; Taylor, Evans, Spearing, Conway, Marshall; Gestede.
PLAYER TO WATCH
Former Owls loanee Ben Marshall will be aiming to supply Rovers’ forward line with ammunition to thrive tonight. Marshall, a former England Under-21 international, has been utilised on both wings, behind the forwards and at right-back by Blackburn boss Gary Bowyer this season. In 34 outings, the 23-year-old has bagged six goals and much of Rovers’ creativity in midfield comes through the winger. Marshall, a graduate of Stoke City’s youth system, has previously worked with Owls head coach Stuart Gray at Northampton Town.
You have to go back to 2002 for the last time Blackburn triumphed at Hillsborough. Owls are unbeaten in the last four meetings between the two teams, winning two of the clashes. In the reverse fixture earlier this season, Wednesday won 2-1 at Ewood Park after a last-minute winner by substitute Claude Dielna. It was the Frenchman’s first goal in English football. Rovers defender Alex Baptiste cancelled out Kieran Lee’s third-minute opener.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Eddie Ilderton - The Tyne & Wear whistler began refereeing in 1991 and made the national list in 2002. Tonight will be the 24th match Ilderton has taken charge of during the 2014/15season. Has issued 73 cautions and one red card. It is the first Owls game he has officiated since their 3-0 Capital One Cup triumph over Notts County last August. This will be Ilderton’s eighth Championship match of the campaign.
BETTING (Sky Bet)
Sheffield Wednesday 13/10 Draw 9/4 Blackburn 21/10
WORTH A PUNT?
Sheffield Wednesday to win, with under 2.5 goals in the match is 7/2