Sheffield Wednesday: Owls ready for big test

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WEDNESDAY assistant manager Paul Wilkinson believes that Leicester are feeling the pressure as they get set to take on the Owls at the King Power Stadium today.

The Foxes have collected only five points from their last six games and badly need a win against the Owls to revive their challenge for automatic promotion.

“It’s a great game for us,” says Wilkinson.

“I’ve seen them twice lately; they’re feeling the pressure, as are Cardiff, Middlesbrough, and all the teams at the top end.

“It’s different to the pressure that’s on us but it’s the same thing - wanting to win matches.

“Everyone is at that stage where the pressure is on. The crowd are on top of you. The expectations are there.”

Leicester, fifth in the table, will also be favourites to beat the fifth-from-bottom Owls.

Wilkinson said: “They’ll be expected to beat us. We know we’re going into the game wanting to win as well.

“They’re a strong, resilient side, with a good 4-4-2 formation; they’ve got a couple of young strikers, Kane and Wood, who’ve done well for them.

“It’s a good, strong test for us. We know that going into every game we have to be at our best.

“Leicester have spent a lot of money and been in and around the promotion race for several years.

“We know it’s going to be a tough game for us but we’ll be ready for it.”

Leicester centre half Michael Keane has underlined the importance of the match to his team, after they slipped up at Ipswich, 1-0, last Saturday, and drew 1-1 at home to Leeds on Tuesday only thanks to his injury-time equaliser.

“We showed our spirit as a team, we kept fighting right until the very end (against Leeds),” said the on-loan Manchester United youngster.

“We’ve got to use that momentum going into a massive game against Sheffield Wednesday. A win on Saturday will keep us right in the mix. We know it will be tough but hopefully we will come out on top.”