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Match preview: Owls v Preston

29 January 2021

The Owls are looking to post their fourth consecutive win on home soil this weekend as they welcome Preston to Hillsborough.

Wednesday head into the game on the back of three successive S6 victories over Coventry, Middlesbrough and Derby.

Neil Thompson, though, is looking for a reaction from his side after defeat away at Coventry in midweek.

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The Owls slipped to a 2-0 loss at St Andrew’s and now face Preston at Hillsborough.

The Lilywhites are 11th in the Championship and six points outside of the top six.

Here’s all you need to know ahead of the game.

MATCH DETAILS

- Date: Saturday 30 January
- Kick-off, 3.00pm
- Championship
- Hillsborough

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OFFICIALS

Referee – Andre Marriner
Assistant Referee 1 - Richard West
Assistant Referee 2 - Matthew Jones
Fourth Official - David Webb

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The game will be broadcast live on iFollow with match commentary from Rob O’Neill and John Pearson.

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TEAM NEWS

SWFC: Chey Dunkley has returned to full training, though Thompson has said the weekend game will come too soon but is hopeful to have the defender back available next week.

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Joost van Aken has also returned to training.

Moses Odubajo (hamstring) has been ruled out.

Preston: Alex Neil has reported no fresh injury concerns.

Left back Greg Cunningham is available for selection after completing his loan move from Cardiff.

Andrew Hughes (shoulder) will be assessed ahead of the game.

Declan Rudd, Patrick Bauer and Louis Moult are longer term injury concerns for PNE.

FORM GUIDE

Wednesday: WWWLL
Preston: LLLWD

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LAST FIVE v Preston

Preston 1-0 Owls – 21 November 2020 – Championship
Owls 1-3 Preston – 8 July 2020 – Championship
Preston 2-1 Owls – 24 August 2019 – Championship
Preston 3-3 Owls – 27 April 2019 – Championship
Owls 1-0 Preston – 22 December 2018 – Championship

 

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Match Reports

Report: Wednesday 1-0 Preston

30 January 2021

Liam Palmer’s first goal in almost a decade secured a vital three points for Wednesday against Preston at Hillsborough.

Palmer scored the only goal of a low key game on the stroke of half time to register only his second ever strike that was enough to seal victory.

Wednesday’s longest serving player last netted way back in September 2011 and his latest hit could prove pivotal in the basement battle.

The Owls made a bright start on another freezing S6 afternoon as Callum Paterson swivelled in the box to fire narrowly wide.

Wednesday had the edge as the first half developed, playing neat possession football and taking the game to Preston.

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Chances, though, were at a premium although the same was true at the other end where Keiren Westwood had little to do to warm the hands.

That was until a minute before the break when Wednesday burst into the lead.

Elias Kachunga nodded across a packed goalmouth where Palmer was in the right place at the right time to prod home.

Matt Penney scuffed wide at the start of the second period, so too did Preston’s Brad Potts, before Emil Jakobsen shot into the midriff of Westwood.

Potts then forced Westwood into a low diving save as the visitors sought a route back into the contest, committing more bodies forward and they might have levelled on 67 minutes.

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Potts pulled back from the byline for the advancing Ben Whiteman but the midfielder blazed over from 10 yards.

The Owls countered with Barry Bannan delivering a fierce goalbound drive that required Iversen to spectacularly divert.

Back the ball went into the Wednesday area where Scott Sinclair headed an Alan Browne cross past the post.

And that was as good as it got for the Lilywhites, who saw an impressive away record dented while the Owls posted a fourth successive home win.

Wednesday: Westwood, Palmer, Lees, Hutchinson, Penney, Urhoghide, Pelupessy, Bannan, Reach (Luongo 80), Paterson (Rhodes 83), Kachunga (Windass 71)

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