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Match preview: Villa v Wednesday

21 September 2018

The Owls travel to Aston Villa on Saturday in the Championship and here is swfc.co.uk’s match preview:

Wednesday suffered their first league defeat in five in the midweek clash with Nottingham Forest.

The City Ground reverse has left the Owls with 11 points from eight games and two points behind Villa, who sit seventh.

Steve Bruce’s side, meanwhile, made a return to winning ways at home to Rotherham on Tuesday (2-0).

It was the Villans’ first league win since 11 August after drawing four of their previous five games.

Villa have won two and drawn two on home soil in the Championship so far this season.

Team news:

Owls: Jordan Thorniley will miss Wednesday’s trip to Villa.

The defender picked up a calf injury during the 2-1 defeat to Forest on Wednesday and was replaced by Daniel Pudil on 73 minutes.

Jos Luhukay is hopeful the young stopper will return to action next week. Loan recruit Michael Hector could fill the void at the back and make his full debut this weekend.

Villa: There are no fresh injuries following the 2-0 win over the Millers on Tuesday and Bruce could name an unchanged side.

Scott Hogan is back in training after a groin injury but is not expected to feature on Saturday.

Fellow striker Keinan Davis has also returned to training after a long spell on the sidelines that dates back to March.

Tickets:

Tickets for the Owls’ clash with Villa have sold out. Wednesday were allocated 2,600 tickets.

Follow the game live:

We’ll have exclusive online live match commentary on iFollow Wednesday with Rob O’Neill and John Pearson calling the action from Villa Park.

The clash between Villa and Wednesday has been selected for live international broadcast and therefore will not be available on iFollow for international subscribers.

Recent trips to Villa Park

Wednesday made a dream start to this fixture last season with Adam Reach firing home from distance after just 18 seconds. The Owls went on to register a 2-1 victory.

The 2016/17 campaign saw ten-man Owls go down 2-0 with a brace from Jonathan Kodjia settling the game. Vincent Sasso saw red after 48 minutes.

You must go all the way back to 2001/02 for the previous meeting at Villa Park when Efan Ekoku netted the winner for Wednesday in the League Cup clash.

Last five v Villa

2017/18
Owls 2-4 Villa
Villa 1-2 Owls

2016/17
Villa 2-0 Owls
Owls 1-0 Villa (pictured below)

2001/02
Villa 0-1 Owls

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Report: Villa 1-2 Wednesday

22 September 2018

Wednesday posted their second away win of the season and arguably their best performance with a 2-1 triumph at Aston Villa.

The Owls impressed all over the field and got their reward, with Steven Fletcher heading the winner after John McGinn cancelled out Marco Matias’ opener.

It was an impressive and swift return to the Midlands following the midweek reverse at Nottingham Forest and Jos Luhukay shuffled his pack, making five changes to his team.

And the shake-up certainly had the desired effect from the first minute as Wednesday looked bright, sharp and positive.

Fletcher fired just over the bar inside a minute and the Scot then went close with an overhead kick that foxed the Villa defence.

The home side countered with a Jack Grealish curler that whistled the wrong side of the post before the Owls resumed their rhythm and took the game to Villa.

Just that break in the final third was lacking, although the same was true of the hosts, who were reduced to pot shots from distance.

The one time they did create in the box, McGinn blasted wide having run on to a Tammy Abraham feed.

The Owls, though, made the breakthrough from their first real opening. With 49 minutes on the clock, Matias won possession, found Reach and took a return ball that the Portuguese buried into the bottom corner.

But the lead lasted only four minutes as Villa levelled from their next attack. A headed clearance fell invitingly for McGinn, who unleashed a ferocious volley that flew into the net via the underside of the crossbar.

After riding a claret and blue storm for the next ten minutes or so, Wednesday countered with Matias breaking free on goal only to be thwarted by Orjan Nyland.

Villa hit back and Daniel Pudil came to the Owls’ rescue, clearing off the line after Conor Hourihane drilled low from range.

Then the visitors could have restored their lead again when Reach delivered for the advancing Fletcher but the striker’s header was wide.

Alan Hutton denied Fletcher moments later with a last-ditch tackle but the former Sunderland man finally had his say on 63 minutes.

Joey Pelupessy swung a fine cross into the mix and Fletcher climbed high to plant a firm header past the diving Nyland.

That prompted Villa to throw everything forward with the clock counting down and Hourihane might have done better with a scooped half volley that flew over the bar.

Still Villa pressed but Wednesday held firm, pushing the Villans back until the referee called time on a thoroughly entertaining Championship encounter.

Wednesday: Dawson, Baker, Lees, Hector, Pudil, Penny, Pelupessy, Bannan, Reach, Matias (Joao 83), Fletcher (Nuhiu 76)

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Ticket News

Villa Park sell-out

12 September 2018

Owls fans at Villa Park

The Owls head to Villa Park on Saturday 22 September (3.00pm) and tickets for the clash with Aston Villa have sold out to Wednesdayites.

The full allocation of 2,600 tickets have been snapped up by Owls supporters; the final few of which were sold this lunchtime to Season Ticket holders with 540 or more Ticket Priority Points.

Requests to go on the reserve list can be made by emailing ticketenquiries@swfc.co.uk with your ID number, Ticket Priority Points total and daytime contact number.

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