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Match preview: Owls v Preston

8 July 2020

Wednesday will be looking to bounce back from consecutive defeats in the Championship when they host Preston this evening.

Garry Monk’s side slipped to a frustrating 2-1 defeat at Swansea on Sunday and make a swift return to action tonight in S6.

Preston are searching for their first victory since the restart, having drawn two and lost two since the Championship got back underway in June.

The Lilywhites have gone seven without a win in the league dating back to late February.

The visitors head into tonight’s game in 11th spot with 58 points, while the Owls are six points behind in 15th.

MATCH DETAILS

- Date: Wednesday, July 8th 2020
- Kick-off, 7.45pm
- Sky Bet Championship
- Hillsborough

MATCH OFFICIALS

Referee - Tony Harrington
Assistant referees - Shaun Hudson and Philip Dermott
Fourth Official - David Webb

iFollow – STAY HOME, TUNE IN!

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For non-Season Ticket holders, iFollow will be live streaming the remaining fixtures of the 2019/20 campaign with the exception of those selected for Sky Sports coverage.

Tonight’s clash with Preston is live on iFollow and match passes are available by CLICKING HERE, priced at £10.

For Season Ticket holders who have selected the iFollow bundle, ALL remaining fixtures of the campaign will be streamed on iFollow, including those selected for live Sky Sports broadcast.

2019/20 RUN-IN RULE REMINDERS

Substitutions

The number of substitutes used during a match which will increase from three to five players, with the matchday squad increasing to 20.

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• Each team will have a maximum of three opportunities to make substitutions
• If both teams make a substitution at the same time, this will count as one of the three opportunities for each team.
• In a normal 90 minute fixture, once all three opportunities have been used, no further substitutions can be made.
Walkout protocol
• Players and match official entry will be staggered onto the pitch.
• There will be no handshakes. Players to take up on pitch positions in the same half as they warmed up ready for kick off.

OWLS MEGASTORE

The Owls are reminding supporters that the Ticket Office, Megastore and Meadowhall store remain closed until further notice.

TEAM NEWS

SWFC: Wednesday are hopeful that midfielder Kieran Lee will be available after suffering a calf injury at Swansea.

Lee was substituted at half time but Garry Monk confirmed the change was precautionary.

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Tom Lees (hamstring) could also be in contention this evening, while loanee Josh Windass is making good strides on his return to action from a thigh injury.

Windass linked back up with the squad in training this week.

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Preston: Paul Gallagher and Daniel Johnson missed the Lilywhites’ 0-0 draw with Huddersfield on Saturday but the duo could be involved this evening.

Defender Paul Huntington is suspended, while Josh Earl is ineligible after returning from a loan spell away from the club.

Louis Moult (ACL) remains sidelined.

FORM

Owls: LDWLL
Preston: LDLLD

LAST MEETING – 24 August 2019



LAST FIVE V PRESTON

Preston 2-1 Owls - 24 August 2019 - Championship
Preston 3-3 Owls - 27 April 2019 - Championship
Owls 1-0 Preston – 22 December 2018 – Championship
Owls 4-1 Preston – 30 March 2018 – Championship
Preston 1-0 Owls – 5 August 2017 – Championship

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Match Reports

Report: Wednesday 1-3 Preston

8 July 2020

Wednesday were beaten 3-1 by Preston amid late drama at Hillsborough.

After the visitors wasted a wealth of chances, the Owls stole into the lead through Jacob Murphy before Scott Sinclair snatched what appeared to be a late point.

But then controversy unfolded on a rainy S6 night as within a minute, Julian Börner had a goal disallowed and Preston promptly stormed up the other end where Jayden Stockley found the target.

And with the contest approaching stoppage time, Brad Potts delivered the final blow to condemn Wednesday to three successive defeats.

Prior to that, the Lilywhites could have been out of sight but fluffed their lines in the final third before coming good at the last.

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Both sides had chances in the early exchanges, each of which almost signalled the opening goal.

Patrick Bauer nodded tamely into the midriff of Joe Wildsmith before the Owls countered and Dominic Iorfa’s header shaved the top of the crossbar.

North End hit straight back as Tom Barkhuizen brushed the side-netting with a fierce drive on the angle and Bauer again might have done better with a free header that whistled wide.

It was an encouraging start for the visitors and they were next to threaten, this time Joey Pelupessy bravely blocked a goalbound effort from Ryan Ledson.

Preston came again and Sean Maguire was a whisker away from skipper Alan Browne’s low feed. The Owls needed an outlet and found it on the half-hour mark when Barry Bannan swung in a wicked corner that Joe Rafferty cleared off the line.

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Back came Preston and another gilt-edged chance went begging. Barkhuizen raced in on goal down the left channel and cut inside to shoot across Wildsmith but past the far post.

Preston were almost made to pay for their profligacy when Bannan picked out Alessio Da Cruz, who lost his marker in the box only to see Jordan Storey slide in with a timely tackle as he pulled the trigger.

The start of the second half saw Wednesday seize more of the initiative and grab their reward on 59 minutes.

Murphy embarked on a mazy run that took the wideman into the area where he played a neat give and go with Atdhe Nuhiu before slotting beneath the advancing Declan Rudd.

The breakthrough seemed to settle the Owls, who certainly had the edge as Preston struggled to mirror their first half pedigree.

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Josh Windass made a welcome return from the bench for Wednesday and immediately made an impact with a sweet shot just wide.

Bur moments later on 78 minutes, Preston were level. A long ball was glanced on to the lurking Sinclair by Stockley and the former Celtic man kept his composure to smash past Wildsmith.

Then, with four minutes to go, the Owls seemed to have taken the points. Bannan’s corner was headed home by Börner but the assistant referee’s flag cut short the celebrations.

And still there was time for a double late salvo from the visitors. Stockley took aim from the edge of the box and found the bottom corner on 87 minutes, and moments later Potts struck a similar hit from range and put the game to bed.

Wednesday: Wildsmith, Palmer, Börner, Iorfa, Harris (Reach 89), Bannan, Luongo, Pelupessy, Murphy (Odubajo 62), Nuhiu, Da Cruz (Windass 70)

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