Bristol City v Sheffield Wednesday: Team news, predicted line-ups, form, referee, betting, past clashes and the man to watch

Sheffield Wednesday are at Bristol City tomorrow for their final Championship match before the second international break of the season. The Owls, who have lost only once in their eight league games, are in 12th spot. The Robins are two places above them, but both clubs have the same number of points, 16. Here's all you need to know in the build-up to the Ashton Gate clash.

Friday, 5th October 2018, 5:34 pm
Updated Saturday, 6th October 2018, 3:34 am
Barry Bannan has served his ban

Team news:  

The Owls are set to be without right-side Ash Baker who is still carrying a leg knock, but Josh Onomah should be available after taking a blow to the head in midweek against West Brom and fellow midfielder Barry Bannan is available after suspension. Bristol City goalkeeper Frank Fielding and centre-half Bailey Wright are close to a return after injury but may be given the international break to regain full fitness. Striker Mo Eisa is likely to miss out injured, while midfielder Korey Smith, defender Eros Pisano, centre-half Tomas Kalas and winger Hakeeb Adelakun are longer-term casualties and will not be involved.

Bristol City key man Josh Brownhill

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Predicted line-ups:  

Wednesday (3-5-2): Dawson; Lees, Hector, Thorniley; Palmer, Pelupessy, Bannan, Reach, Penney; Fletcher, Forestieri.

Bristol City (4-4-1-1): Maenpaa; Hunt, Baker, Webster, Kelly; Paterson, Pack, Brownhill, Watkins; Taylor; Diedhiou.

History lesson:  

Last season's Hillsborough encounter between the two sides ended 0-0 in November. The return at Ashton Gate in March brought the lowest point of Jos Luhukay's reign as the Owls were beaten 4-0, with all the goals coming in the first half.

League form:  


The odds:

Owls win 15/4, Bristol City 17/20, draw 14/5.

One to watch:  

JOSH BROWNHILL. He was one of the few Robins to stand out in the 1-1 draw against Rotherham United on Wednesday. He also scored the only goal for City in the home match against Aston Villa last weekend. The midfielder has excelled after being moved into the centre from playing wide on the right.

The referee:  

ANDY DAVIES. The Hampshire-based official has taken charge of 10 matches this season, issuing 25 yellow cards and one red.