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

Marco Matias
Marco Matias

Sheffield Wednesday are at home to Championship high fliers West Brom tonight. The Owls have lost only once in seven league games while the Baggies have won four and drawn one of their last five second-tier outings. Here's all you need to know in the build-up to the Hillsborough clash.

Team news: 

Ash Baker

Ash Baker

Sheffield Wednesday will be without attacker Marco Matias whose hamstring injury will sideline him for at least a fortnight and are making late decisions on centre-half Daniel Pudil (broken nose) and right-sided Ash Baker (leg). Midfielder Barry Bannan misses out because of a one-game ban. New Baggies signing Bakary Sako is eligible to play but will probably be on the bench. Matt Phillips unlikely to be risked at right-wing-back because of a muscle strain. The Owls are in 13th spot while the Baggies are third.

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Predicted line-ups: 

Owls (3-5-2): Dawson; Lees, Hector, Thorniley; Palmer, Onomah, Pelupessy, Reach, Penney; Joao, Fletcher.

West Brom (3-4-1-2): Johnstone; Bartley, Hegazi, Dawson; Mears, Brunt, Livermore, Gibbs; Barnes; Rodriguez, Gayle.

History lesson: 

Tonight will be the first meeting between the two clubs in more than eight years. When they last faced each other, WBA completed the double. The Baggies thrashed the Owls at S6, cruising to a 4-0 win with goals from Simon Cox, 2, Jerome Thomas and former Owl Chris Brunt. They edged the reverse fixture 1-0 through a late strike by Robert Koren.

League form: 

Owls: WDLWD, Baggies: WDWWW.

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The odds:

Owls win 14/5, West Brom win 5/2, draw 11/10.

One to watch: 

HARVEY BARNES. The Leicester City loanee is bright on the ball and has an eye for the spectacular. The talented forward has already notched three goals and contributed a host of assists this season. The 20-year-old spent last season on loan at Barnsley, scoring a stunning solo goal in their draw at Hillsborough. 

The referee: 

OLIVER LANGFORD. This is Langford’s ninth season as a referee and tonight will be the ninth fixture he has taken charge of this season. The West-Midlands-based official has dished out 15 yellow cards and one red.