Everything you need to know about Sheffield Wednesday v Cardiff City

Sheffield Wednesday will be looking to return to winning ways when they welcome 11th-placed Cardiff City to Hillsborough tomorrow afternoon, kick-off 3pm.

Saturday, 28th December 2019, 4:00 pm
Updated Saturday, 28th December 2019, 4:00 pm

Centre-forward Steven Fletcher could be back after missing the last two matches through illness as the Owls bid to bounce back from their Boxing Day setback at Stoke City.

Here is everything you need to know ahead of the Owls' contest with the Bluebirds.

Possible teams:

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Cardiff City's Lee Tomlin. Photo credit should read: Nick Potts/PA Wire.

Owls (4-4-2): Cameron Dawson; Liam Palmer, Tom Lees, Dominic Iorfa, Morgan Fox; Jacob Murphy, Barry Bannan, Sam Hutchinson, Kadeem Harris; Steven Fletcher, Jordan Rhodes.

Cardiff (4-2-3-1): Neil Etheridge; Jazz Richards, Aden Flint, Curtis Nelson, Joe Bennett; Marlon Pack, Leandro Bacuna; Nathaniel Mendez-Laing, Lee Tomlin, Junior Hoilett; Robert Glatzel.

Referee: Tim Robinson

The West Sussex-based whistler has issued 52 bookings and one red card in 16 matches this season. Robinson refereed the Owls' 3-1 away win over Charlton Athletic at the end of November. He recently took charge of his first Premier League fixture; Burnley's victory at home to Newcastle United.

Robinson will be assisted by Jonathan Hunt and Matthew McGrath at Hillsborough. David Webb has been selected as the fourth official.

History lesson:

Wednesday are unbeaten in eight league matches against Cardiff (W2 D6), a run stretching back to February 2015.

The Bluebirds have slipped to 11th in the rankings after picking up just three points from their last four outings.

They have not won on their travels since defeating Nottingham Forest at the end of November and have failed to score in each of their last three visits to Hillsborough.

But Cardiff have been a difficult side to beat this season. Only the top two West Bromwich Albion and Leeds United have lost fewer games.

One to watch: Lee Tomlin

The talented forward has been the Bluebirds standout performer since the arrival of boss Neil Harris.

Tomlin, who scored a contentious free kick in Cardiff's draw with Wednesday last October, has scored four times and provided five assists in the Welsh club's past nine matches. Given his fine form, it is no surprise the Bluebirds have opened contract talks with Tomlin. His present deal is due to expire at the end of the season.