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.
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).
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.
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.
Owls WWDLW. Leeds WDDWL.
Owls win 5/2, draw 5/2, Leeds win 6/5.
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.
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.