Sheffield Wednesday: Owls ready to upset the odds

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Sheffield Wednesday head to automatic promotion contenders Derby County on Saturday, kick-off 3pm, intent on ripping up the form book.

The odds are heavily stacked against the Owls, who are sitting in 11th position in the Championship, picking up maximum points at the iPro Stadium.

Nineteen points separate Wednesday and Derby in the table, with the Rams boasting one of the best home records in the division, having tasted defeat on their own turf just two times all season.

It promises to be a big test of the Owls’ brittle confidence but head coach Stuart Gray, who watched Derby’s thrilling 3-3 draw at Rotherham United in midweek, is convinced they can cause a major upset. Wednesday have beaten three of the top 10 sides in the league on their travels.

“We’ve got a great game away at Derby County who are potential Championship champions,” he told The Star. “It’s a chance for us to pit our wits against one of the best teams in the league.

“Derby will be buoyant after coming back from 3-1 down at Rotherham but we will go there believing that we can end our disappointing run and what better place to do that than at Derby?”

Despite their poor run of results, Gray is refusing to panic, although he has admitted: “We are lacking a bit of confidence.

“You have your good and bad times at a football club.

“At the moment, we are on a bit of a low because we have not won in six but we can’t feel sorry for ourselves.

“I’ve been in the game long enough to know that we are one game away from the mood changing. I’m experienced enough to know what’s needed.

“To be fair, the players have been upbeat and trained very well. They know that we are creating chances but we need to convert them.”

Gray has confirmed midfielder Jose Semedo is still receiving treatment for his toe infection/ankle injury.

Gray said: “Semi is 50/50 for Derby; we just can’t seem to get to the bottom of it.”

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