Sheffield Wednesday host Stoke City in the Sky Bet Championship on Saturday and here is swfc.co.uk’s match preview:
The Owls head into Saturday’s clash in fine form with three consecutive victories.
Jos Luhukay’s side picked up their first win on the road last time out at Reading and have been strong on home soil with two wins and one draw from the three S6 league outings so far.
Saturday will be the first league meeting between Wednesday and Stoke in over ten years; the last coming in March 2008 in a 1-1 draw at Hillsborough with Franck Songo’o cancelling out Richard Cresswell’s opener.
Stoke have registered one league victory from their opening six games and also progressed in the Carabao Cup at home to Huddersfield.
Gary Rowett’s side have lost three times this season, with defeats on the road at Leeds (3-1) and West Brom (2-1) and a heavy home defeat to Wigan (0-3).
The Potters have also drawn with Brentford 1-1 (h) and Preston 2-2 (a).
Owls: Loan duo Michael Hector and Josh Onomah could make their debut for the club.
Hector (on loan from Chelsea) and Onomah (on loan from Tottenham) trained with the squad for the first time on Thursday after a stint on the international stage.
Fernando Forestieri (suspended) and Sam Hutchinson (groin) will not feature on Saturday.
Gary Hooper stepped up his recovery by playing for the Owls Under-23s on Monday and the striker is set to store further minutes next week when Neil Thompson’s side face Leeds.
Kieran Lee (knee) has suffered an injury setback while playing in the 23s’ PDL2 clash with Colchester on Monday.
Ash Baker and Atdhe Nuhiu have returned from international duty in good shape and are available for selection.
Stoke: Tom Ince will be back in the squad after a period on the sidelines with a hamstring injury.
James McClean will be out for around six weeks after suffering a broken arm on international duty.
Meanwhile, Sam Clucas will remain out of action following knee surgery in the summer. The former Swansea man is yet to make his debut for the Potters.
Tickets for this Category C fixture start from £31 for Adult Owls Members and £5 for Under 11 Members on the Kop. Full ticket details HERE.
Follow the game live:
International season and match pass holders can watch the game live on iFollow with commentary from Rob O’Neill and John Pearson.
For our UK subscribers, we’ll have exclusive online live match commentary with Rob and John starting from 2.30pm.
Subscriptions for audio-only start from just £4.49 per month to listen to every Owls' fixture home and away.
We are open from midday in our Fans Zone this weekend!
With a licensed bar, street food, cage football, speed goal and more activities available, the area directly outside the Megastore will again transform to the ideal place for Wednesdayites to enjoy the pre-match atmosphere.
Pick up your matchday programme from around the ground for £3, with Joe Wildsmith the cover star this weekend visiting the home of the Wednesday Cricket Club.
Last five v Stoke
Stoke 2-0 Owls (League Cup)
Owls 1-1 Stoke
Stoke 2-4 Owls (pictured below)
Stoke 1-2 Owls
Owls 1-1 Stoke