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Match preview: Owls v Preston

22 December 2018

The Owls return to action at Hillsborough today with a clash against Preston and here is’s match preview;

Lee Bullen will take caretaker charge of Wednesday today following the departure of Jos Luhukay.

The Owls have suffered seven defeats from their last ten outings.

After going through a difficult spell, Preston have bounced back in strong fashion with four wins from their previous six games.

The Lilywhites are four points and three places ahead of Wednesday in the Championship.

Team news

Owls: Barry Bannan will serve the final game of his two-match ban.

Elsewhere, there are no fresh injury concerns from the defeat at Swansea last time out.

Preston: Manager Alex Neil has indicated he may have to call upon academy players to supplement his matchday squad due to injury troubles.

Sean Maguire and Brandon Barker (both hamstring) and Josh Earl (thigh) are sidelined.

Striker Louis Moult is also unlikely to feature with a nerve problem in his hamstring.


The Owls’ clash with Preston at Hillsborough has been designated Category D and our Members Day.

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Last five v Preston

Owls 4-1 Preston | 30 March 2018 | Championship
Preston 1-0 Owls | 5 August 2017 | Championship

Preston 1-1 Owls| 31 December 2016 | Championship (below)
Owls 2-1 Preston | 3 December 2016 | Championship

Preston 1-0 Owls | 20 February 2016 | Championship


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Match Reports

Report: Owls 1-0 Preston

22 December 2018

Caretaker manager Lee Bullen orchestrated a welcome win as the Owls beat ten-man Preston 1-0 at Hillsborough.

Michael Hector scored the decisive goal just past the hour to finally topple a resilient rearguard from Lancashire.

The visitors were forced into retreat mode when Ben Pearson was sent off in the first half for dangerous play.

And Wednesday duly grasped the mettle and emerged with a much-needed three points.

Bullen made five changes from the Swansea defeat last time out, including Keiren Westwood, who made his maiden start this season.

Westwood enjoyed a quiet return with little to do but did post a clean sheet as his side returned to winning ways.

A low-key first half came to life on 26 minutes when Pearson was brandished a straight red. The midfielder was pulled up for a high challenge on Marco Matias.

Referee David Coote reached immediately for his pocket and Pearson received an unwanted Christmas card.

That gave the Owls fresh impetus and they almost took the lead just after the half-hour.

Former North End man Adam Reach floated an inviting ball into the box but Stephen Fletcher’s glancing header was superbly saved by Declan Rudd.

Reach was again the architect four minutes before the break as Wednesday went closer still.

The wideman found Lucas Joao this time in the six-yard box and a firm header from the Portuguese came back into play off the post.

The second half saw a similar theme and Rudd thwarted Matias with a stunning save after Reach and Fletcher combined.

But the Owls would not be denied and bagged the only goal of the game on 62 minutes.

Reach knocked on the door once more and it finally swung open as Hector headed home a curling cross in front of the Kop.

Wednesday had to keep their guard up, though, as was evidenced five minutes later when Tom Barkhuzen nodded over a Darnell Fisher feed when the striker might have done better.

Fletcher forced Rudd into a diving save in the closing stages before Preston advanced more upfield with nothing to lose.

But the hosts held firm with no threat of note to put some clear daylight between themselves and the Championship danger zone.

Wednesday: Westwood, Palmer, Lees, Hector, Fox, Pelupessy, Onomah (Hutchinson 80), Matias (Boyd 88), Reach, Joao, Fletcher (Nuhiu 80)

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Ticket News

Members Day for Owls v Preston

3 December 2018

Owls v Preston
Saturday 22 December 2018 (3.00pm)
Members Day
Sky Bet Championship

The Owls’ clash with Preston at Hillsborough has been designated Category D and our Members Day.

Owls Gold Members can purchase a ticket in any stand for; Adults £10, Concessions £5 and Under 17s £1.

Adult Silver Members can benefit from a double discount for this fixture with prices starting from £23.

Non Members prices start from £33 on the Kop.

Tickets are currently on sale to Season Ticket holders and Owls Members and will go on general sale on Wednesday 5 December.

Tickets are available to purchase in person at the Ticket Office, Owls Megastore, by telephone on 03700 201867 (Option 1, £2 booking fee per ticket) or online at


Kop Gold Members Silver Members Non Members
Adult  £10  £23  £33
Senior/U21  £5  £13  £23
Student/Armed Forces  £5  £23  £33
Junior U17  £1  £10  £15
Junior U11  £1  £5  £10
Junior U5 (advance sale only)  £1  £5  £5


North/Grandstand Gold Members Silver Members Non Members
Adult  £10  £26  £36
Senior/U21  £5  £16  £26
Student/Armed Forces  £5  £26  £36
Junior U17  £1  £10  £15
Junior U11  £1  £5  £10
Junior U5 (advance sale only)  £1  £5  £5


South Gold Members Silver Members Non Members
Adult  £10  £29  £39
Senior/U21  £5  £19  £29
Student/Armed Forces  £5  £29  £39
Junior U17  £1  £10  £15
Junior U11  £1  £5  £10
Junior U5 (advance sale only)  £1  £5  £5

Supporters who attend this game and purchase their tickets in advance under their own ID number will receive ten Ticket Priority Points.

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