Without a win in seven games, will the visit of Fulham spark Sheffield Wednesday?
Sheffield Wednesday: Westwood, Hunt, Lees, Turner, Pudil, Semedo, Lee, Bannan, Matias/Sougou, Forestieri, Nuhiu/Joao.
Fulham: Lonergan, Richards, Stearman, Ream, Husband, Cairney, O’Hara, Tunnicliffe, Pringle, Dembele, McCormack
ONE TO WATCH
There was little surprise when Ben Pringle departed Rotherham United in the summer but his destination raised a few eyebrows. Questions were asked if the winger could cut it at Championship level after spending last season in the division with the Millers, when he managed three goals and seven assists in 43 appearances. That was in stark contrast to the six goals and 16 assists in 55 games during the promotion-winning campaign a year earlier.
But the 26-year-old has started all bar one game for the Cottagers and netted one goal – coming against former employers the Millers, justifying so far his decision to move on in search of a new challenge.
Pringle’s gifts come close to the touchlines as a superb crosser of the ball with his left foot, though can be nullified if encouraged to take a defender on. While Championship defences have proven more adept at dealing with his deliveries, he remains one of the division’s most dangerous players out wide.
MAN IN THE MIDDLE
Simon Hooper - Saturday’s clash at Hillsborough will be the ninth game of the current campaign overseen by Wiltshire official Hooper and fourth in the Championship. Over his previous eight games, he has issued 18 yellow cards and no red. The last time Hooper took charge of a fixture involving the Owls was last season’s 3-0 defeat at Wolverhampton Wanderers. He also sent off Joe Mattock in the January 2014 FA Cup fourth round clash at Rochdale.
The Owls have not beaten Fulham in league competition since April 1983 – though there have only been six league encounters between the sides since then. Nevertheless, Hillsborough has been far from a happy hunting ground for the Cottagers since the first meeting between the two in November 1920. The Owls have won 21 of the 35 matches in S6, with Fulham claiming just five victories and just one in the last eight clashes.
The last meeting between the two at Hillsborough came in March this year, finishing 1-1. Stevie May put Wednesday ahead nine minutes after half time with Matt Smith equalising after 75 minutes. Current Owls defender Michael Turner played for Fulham on that day. The stalemate helped to ease the hurt of Fulham’s 4-0 triumph in the reverse fixture.
Sheffield Wednesday 21/20 Draw 12/5 Fulham 13/5
WORTH A PUNT?
Hard to see too many goals, not either team winning...it's 13/2 for the match to finish 1-1