How can I watch Preston North End v Sheffield Wednesday? Who is the ref? The latest odds
The Tony Pulis era at Sheffield Wednesday gets underway when the Owls travel to Preston North End on Saturday – and here’s everything you need to know ahead of the game:
When is the game? What time is kick-off?
It seems an age since Wednesday were last in action when they drew 0-0 with Millwall at Hillsborough on November 7. As everyone knows, there’s been plenty of activity at S6 in the 10 days thereafter with Garry Monk departing and Tony Pulis checking in at Hillsborough.
As for Saturday’s game, it kicks off at 3pm and takes place at Deepdale. Oh, and don’t forget that among all the off-field activity taking place, Wednesday will be looking to make it seven points out of nine when they take on Alex Neil’s side.
Is there a live stream for Preston v Wednesday? How can I follow it live?
Yes, there will be a stream for the game.
Streaming passes are available to buy now via iFollow at https://www.swfc.co.uk/ifollow/subscribe/.
But as ever The Star will also be running a comprehensive live blog with team news, live updates, reaction and analysis from Alex Miller and Joe Crann – who will be among only a handful of people allowed into Deepdale.
How much does a streaming pass cost and where can I buy one?
A streaming pass for this fixture costs £10 via the link above.
Is there any injury news? Who is in the teams?
Pulis has already expressed his disappointment at being confronted by injuries to a number of key players at his new club.
In fact, he couldn’t hide his frustration at Wednesday’s injury woes during his debut press conference in front of the Owls press pack on Monday – where he revealed that two more players, who he didn’t name, had been sidelined this week.
"The injury situation at the football club is very concerning, very worrying. If you are missing four or five players, very good players, then it does weaken the team, I don't care who's managing the football club or who's in charge,” he said.
Pulis should be able to call upon the services of defender Tom Lees, who missed the games with Bournemouth and Millwall after his wife went into labour shortly before the Cherries clash.
On-loan defender Aden Flint will be sidelined after having an operation on the hamstring he injured during the defeat at Rotherham United last month, while wing-back Kadeem Harris will be missing as he sits out the second of a three-game suspension following his red card against Bournemouth.
Midfielder Massimo Luongo has been out of action for over a month with a knee injury, although Liam Shaw has recovered from an ankle injury he sustained against Queens Park Rangers in early October. Summer signing Chey Dunkley should be close to making a return after recovering from a double leg break.
It remains to be seen who will be in goal for Wednesday. Joe Wildsmith has played in the last three games after Cameron Dawson started the league campaign as Monk’s number one, but Pulis has decided to bring Keiren Westwood back into the fold from the under-23s – so watch this space.
As for Preston, midfielder Alan Brown is self-isolating after testing positive for Covid-19 while on international duty with the Republic of Ireland.
Defenders Andrew Hughes, Ben Davies and Patrick Bauer, plus midfielder Ben Pearson, have all been sidelined with injuries in recent weeks.
Who is the referee?
The EFL is yet to announce who the match officials are for the game.
What are the odds?
Sky Bet is offering the following odds on the game:
Preston – 7/5
Draw – 11/5
Wednesday – 2/1
Are any tickets available?
No. All Wednesday games are currently being played behind closed doors due to coronavirus pandemic.
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