Sheffield Wednesday v Ipswich Town: Teams, Player to Watch, History Lesson and the Man in the Middle
Sheffield Wednesday will be aiming to close a nine-year gap since the last time they beat Ipswich Town at Hillsborough when the sides meet this weekend.
OWLS (4-4-2): Keiren Westwood, Liam Palmer or Jack Hunt, Tom Lees, Sam Hutchinson, Daniel Pudil, Barry Bannan, Kieran Lee, David Jones, Adam Reach, Fernando Forestieri, Gary Hooper or, Steven Fletcher
IPSWICH (4-2-3-1): Bartosz BiaÅ‚kowski, Luke Chambers, Christophe Berra, Adam Webster, Myles Kenlock, Teddy Bishop, Cole Skuse, Grant Ward, David McGoldrick, Tom Lawrence, Freddie Sears
PLAYER TO WATCH
Freddie Sears - The ex-West Ham youngster has claimed two goals in his last three appearances following a barren run in front of goal. Sears was on target in the Tractor Boys home win over the Owls last campaign.
Wednesday have not won any of their last seven meetings with Ipswich Town. When the two sides last collided in April, it finished all square at Hillsborough. Fernando Forestieri opened scoring in the 42nd minute, hitting his third goal in five matches, but substitute Andre Dozzell rescued a point for the Tractor Boys after the break. You have to go back to April 2007 for the last time Wednesday beat Ipswich in their own backyard, with Glenn Whelan and Steven MacLean scoring in a 2-0 win. Ipswich prevailed in the Portman Road clash last season despite falling behind to a 19th minute strike by Ross Wallace. But the Tractor Boys condemned Carlos Carvalhal to his first defeat in charge of the Owls after goals either side of half-time from Freddie Sears and Tommy Smith.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Andy Madley - The West Yorkshire-based whistler has overseen 15 matches this season, issuing 47 bookings and no red cards. It will be the first time Madley has officiated an Owls match since January 2013 when he took charge of their goalless draw with Wolves. Madley’s younger brother, Bobby, is also a referee.