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

Sheffield Wednesday face Championship leaders Leeds United in a Hillsborough derby tonight. The Owls are unbeaten at home in the league while the visitors have lost only once. Here's all you need to know in the build-up to the all-Yorkshire clash.

Team news: 

Jordan Thorniley

Jordan Thorniley

Wednesday centre-half Jordan Thorniley is fit again after a calf injury but may have to settle for a place on the bench after the Owls won 2-1 in his absence at Aston Villa last Saturday. There should be a place in the squad for attacker Fernando Forestieri following a three-match ban, but midfielder Sam Hutchinson will be kept out by a troublesome groin. Leeds are set to be without strikers Kemar Roofe (calf) and Patrick Bamford (knee) and midfield man Pablo Hernandez (hamstring).

Predicted line-ups: 

OWLS (3-5-2): Cameron Dawson; Tom Lees, Michael Hector, Daniel Pudil; Liam Palmer, Joey Pelupessy, Barry Bannan, Adam Reach, Matt Penney; Marco Matias, Steven Fletcher.

LEEDS (4-2-3-1): Bailey Peacock-Farrell; Luke Ayling, Pontus Jansson, Liam Cooper Barry Douglas; Kalvin Phillips, Mateusz Klich; Jack Harrison, Samuel Saiz Ezgjan Alioski; Tyler Roberts.

Fernando Forestieri

Fernando Forestieri

View from the Leeds camp

History lesson: 

Wednesday will be chasing a third straight win over Leeds. When the two clubs last played each other at Hillsborough, the Owls claimed a comprehensive 3-0 victory with  goals from Gary Hooper, 2, and Kieran Lee. The Whites enjoyed the better of the early skirmishes but failed to turn their dominance into goals. In the reverse fixture, Wednesday completed the double over their West Yorkshire rivals through a second-half double by Atdhe Nuhiu.

League form: 

Kemar Roofe

Kemar Roofe

Owls WWDLW. Leeds WDDWL.

The odds:

Owls win 5/2, draw 5/2, Leeds win 6/5. 

The key issues from the Owls press conference

One to watch: 

SAMUEL SAIZ. The Spanish playmaker has been an influential figure in Leeds’ fine start to the season. Saiz, renowned for his vision and range of passing, is Leeds’ main creative spark and has chipped in with two assists and one goal. If the Owls are to pick up a positive result, it is vital they cut off the supply line to him. 

The referee: 

ROB JONES. The Merseyside-based official has taken charge of nine matches this season, issuing 29 yellow cards and no reds. The Yorkshire derby will be the second Owls fixture Jones has overseen this term. He was also the man in the middle for their Carabao Cup defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers last month.